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THE DEVELOPMENT DIGEST
FEBRUARY 2019
 
Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.

FREMONT BUSINESSES HAVE AN ALLY ON THEIR SIDE

Starting or expanding a business is not a simple task. There are several steps involved in the process—from obtaining the correct permits to enlisting the proper services to get the business up and running. Sometimes the process can be overwhelming and confusing, but our Business Ally Program can help.
 
With the program, the City creates a partnership with new or expanding businesses to help them meet all of their business needs. Businesses get a head start, and Fremont’s economy grows. It’s a win-win.

Creating this win-win is Mike Wayne. Mike serves as our Business Ally/Permit Center Manager and has many years of experience working in planning and building departments across the Bay Area. In his role as Business Ally, Mike provides one-on-one assistance to business owners opening or expanding a business in Fremont. He facilitates project reviews and pre-application meetings, assists with the permitting process, employs outside resources, and coordinates with staff from other City departments and outside agencies.


“Fremont values its businesses, and I am happy to be that one point of contact for them,” says Mike. “When starting a business, I know how important it is to have peace of mind that all requirements are fulfilled.”

To connect with Mike and find out more information about the program, visit Fremont.gov/BusinessAlly.


STEVENSON TERRACE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The City is excited to announce that Fremont's newest affordable housing development, Stevenson Terrace, will be accepting leasing applications starting Monday, February 11, 2019. For application information, including income limits, please visit Fremont.gov/StevensonTerrace.

For more information, please contact MidPen Housing's Temporary Leasing Office at 510-953-6140 or by email.


NEW REQUIREMENTS TO SUBMIT WASTE HANDLING PLANS

In an effort to streamline Waste Handling Plan reviews and expedite building permits, the City is launching a new electronic process and eliminating paper forms for specific building permits. Waste Handling Plans are required for these specific development projects per California’s Green Building Code:

  • All new construction
  • All demolition
  • Residential additions
  • Commercial tenant improvements over $200,000
  • Commercial additions over 1,000 square feet

Beginning Monday, February 4, 2019:

  • Applicants must enter Waste Handling Plans electronically at: Fremont.gov/WasteTracking.
  • Paper forms will no longer be accepted.
  • Waste Handling Plan submissions are still FREE. There is no charge to the applicant.
  • If using the Waste Tracking platform for the first time, applicants will need to create an account.
  • Recycling receipts will need to be uploaded prior to obtaining a final inspection.

This new process will reduce the time it takes to approve Waste Handling Plans and issue the building permit. It will also make the recycling documentation process easier. Applicants can enter their recycling receipts immediately, instead of saving paper copies to turn in at the end of their project.

These improvements apply to new permit applications submitted after February 4, 2019. Existing projects can continue to submit paper forms or use the website.

For more information, please visit Fremont.gov/Construction or contact Environmental Services at 510-494-4570 or by email.


NEW DOWNTOWN MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT

The City recently approved a new mixed-use development on vacant land at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Liberty Street in Downtown Fremont. The project, located at 3515 Walnut Avenue, will feature 275 market-rate apartments, 2,245 square feet of ground floor retail space, and a six-story parking garage. Studios, one-bedroom units, and two-bedroom units ranging in size from 556 to 1,429 square feet will wrap around the parking garage on a 2.84-acre lot.

The project meets the goals of the City’s Downtown Community Plan, which calls for focusing housing close to transit. The mixed-use development is roughly half a mile from the Fremont BART Station and close to AC Transit bus lines and several major retailers.

The project is another step toward creating the vibrant, pedestrian-oriented downtown envisioned in the Community Plan.

Construction is expected to last two years, with an anticipated completion date of summer 2021.

For more information, please contact David Wage, Associate Planner, at 510-494-4447 or by email


NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
 
The City of Fremont is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the creation of affordable housing in Fremont. Up to $25 million of local affordable housing funds has been made available. The funding is intended to support new construction of rental developments or substantial rehabilitation of existing market-rate developments for the purpose of creating new affordable housing. Eligible applicants include non-profit and for-profit affordable housing developers. 

Qualified developers of affordable housing who can meet the NOFA qualifications and demonstrate their ability to design, build, and manage affordable housing are encouraged to submit proposals. All proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m., April 26, 2019. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

To view the notice and obtain more information, please visit Fremont.gov/NOFA2019.

For questions, please contact Cliff Nguyen, Land Use Initiatives Manager, at 510-284-4017 or by email.

ADA COMPLIANCE FOR BUSINESSES
 
In order to help business and property owners meet the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and ensure their facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is available to help determine compliance. These specialists have been tested on their knowledge of state and federal accessibility standards.

A CASp professional can inspect a facility and perform the following tasks:
  • determine the accessibility standards to apply based on the facility,
  • provide an action plan for the necessary changes, and 
  • offer legal benefits that may reduce financial liability in a lawsuit.
To find a local CASp professional, visit the State Department of General Services website.

For more information, please contact Plans and Permits at 510-494-4460 or by email.
Use the Citizen Access online tool to access permitting information, request a building inspection, and submit a concern to Code Enforcement.
 
                     
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