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Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2013
Neighboring Property

parks Dave Eck and Scott Sheppard met with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) management:
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Date: August 28th 2013
To: Crown Harbor Board of Directors
From: Dave and Scott:

We met with Robert Doyle, General Manager, and Doug Siden, Director of Ward 4, from East Bay Regional Parks. It was a productive meeting in which we covered some important points on our relationship as neighbors.

  1. History: They went over their perspective on the negotiations that regarding their attempts to acquire the property at the time of sale. They had made an offer but were unable to meet the price that negotiated with Tim Lewis after the bidding process. GSA did not choose to do an intergovernmental transfer as an option.

  2. The Legal Process: As you are aware, the whole zoning and EIR process is being challenged. Part of the challenge is the issue of City notification of the public hearings and other actions the City was obligated to take. They have filed several petitions related to the actions of the City. When asked for the timeline, they optimistically said maybe a year but conceded it could be as long as three years dependent on the speed of the courts. GSA has decided to use eminent domain to try and get the McKay road removed from State control. This would give the property a legal egress point. Parks indicated that they will also legally challenge that process.

  3. The Mess along the Pathway on Their Property: Bob Doyle (noting Doug Siden as a witness) committed to doing what he can to improve the appearance of the corporate yard. They pointed out that they must maintain over two miles of beach front and as of now to do not have other storage. They admitted that the debris does pile up and looks unsightly — "an eye sore." EBRPD has historically treated the space as "the back yard" but now understand that Crown Harbor considers it "the front yard." If they would acquire the property, that maintenance yard would be on the north east corner of the new property.

  4. Fence on the Property Line: We discussed that fence. Their site plan for the Park's proposal does not have the correct property/fence line. We were assured that they would work with us on that matter. We even discussed some sort of mutual use where the fence stays in place. They did say the eight foot fence, which was put in because of theft and vandalism would not be considered for our borders.

  5. There will not be Additional Flow into the Drains on Kings: The new Park development will not add to the current load of water in the drains from the existing properties. In fact, they would be required to maximize pooling and ponding so the run off would be much less that the paved parking lots presently on the property. We briefly discussed legal liability in the event that the main drains get clogged and do not flow.

  6. Sewer and Egress: Just as with Tim Lewis Communities, the project will not use our sewer nor will it need egress through Crown Harbor.

Overall it was a good first meeting. EBRPD is resolved to win their court case with the City and acquire the property. We all agreed that we would stay in communication on this and other matters. They will be having a new manager for Crab Cove and Doug and Robert agreed it would be helpful for us to have another meeting with him.


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Phased Development:
Bob Doyle noted that EBRPD bid on the property as originally zoned. With the new zoning, the price would be three times as much. The money put aside by Measure WW assumes the original valuation. In the event that EBRPD had to outbid Tim Lewis Communities based on the new zoning, it would impact what EBRPD would be able to spend to realize its vision. Regardless of the price, the realization will occur in phases over a number of years.

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