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

COMMUNITY SURVEY FOR CLIMATE ACTION PLAN UPDATE

Since the adoption of the City of Fremont’s first Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2012, the City has implemented a number of projects, programs, and policies that have resulted in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and earned Fremont regional recognition as a sustainability leader. Fremont is now working to update its CAP to align with the new 2045 carbon neutrality goal recently established by the Fremont City Council in February 2019.

As part of the CAP update process, the City is seeking the community’s help in identifying actions that will make Fremont a cleaner and healthier place for everyone. Strategies for achieving these goals can include transitioning to renewable and fossil-free energy in buildings and vehicles, enhancing sustainable transit and travel options, reducing waste and pollution, incorporating green building design, restoring natural habitats, drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through plants and trees, and increasing our resilience to climate change.


To gain feedback, the City is inviting the community to complete the Climate Action Plan Update Survey.

By taking the survey, everyone can play an active role in designing a healthy and sustainable future for Fremont!


FREMONT BOULEVARD SAFE AND SMART CORRIDOR PROJECT

The City is working to employ cutting-edge technology along Fremont Boulevard between Paseo Padre Parkway and Cushing Parkway that will alleviate congestion and improve safety for all modes of travelers.

A major component of the Fremont Boulevard Safe and Smart Corridor Project is traffic signal modernization, identified by the community as a top priority in the City’s newly adopted Mobility Action Plan. Other innovations that will help streamline traffic flow and enhance safety for pedestrians, bicycles, and drivers include smart sensors to ensure adequate crossing times at intersections and signal priority for transit and emergency vehicles.

The Fremont Boulevard Safe and Smart Corridor Project will help position Fremont as a leading and innovative Silicon Valley city. In addition, the project supports the City’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities, as well as the City's sustainability goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Construction is anticipated to begin early next year. Funding for the work is granted from Measure BB, which was approved by Alameda County voters in 2014 and administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

To learn more about the project and how to get involved, please visit FremontSmartCorridor.org


MISSION SAN JOSE COMMERCIAL STRATEGY STUDY

In June 2018, the Fremont City Council directed City staff to study the Mission San Jose Town Center to determine the potential for commercial success in the area—with special emphasis on retail, restaurants, entertainment options, and mixed use developments that include housing—and to develop strategies to support it accordingly. The Mission San Jose Town Center is a commercial district near Washington Boulevard and Mission Boulevard, anchored by the historic Mission San Jose church and museum. See a map of the area.

The City concluded the study in May 2019, and City Council reviewed and accepted the final report. Key strategies identified in the study include focusing revitalization efforts on a smaller “primary commercial area” within the Town Center; enhancing the identity of the area through marketing, events, and signage; incorporating a leasing/merchandising plan for property owners and commercial tenants; and improving the public realm. The Study Report and the City Council Report are available at Fremont.gov/MissionSanJoseStudy.

In July 2019, City staff conducted a community meeting in the area to outline the findings of the study. The meeting was well attended by residents, business owners, property owners, and other key stakeholders. Attendees provided additional feedback that focused on traffic, parking/streets/sidewalks, signage, business types, events, and funding. Notes from the meeting are available at Fremont.gov/MissionSanJoseStudy.

The City will continue to explore the different strategies identified in the study, engage with the public and key stakeholders, determine what is feasible for the area, and share any updates with the community.


SUNSHARES PROGRAM FOR SOLAR AND EV DISCOUNTS

The City is excited to announce that SunShares is back again this year and now open for registration! The City is proud to be one of 40 local government agencies and major employers participating in the 2019 Bay Area SunShares program, a community program helping local residents access discounted pricing and resources to help them go solar and purchase zero-emission vehicles. This is the fifth year of participation for the City as a SunShares outreach partner.

Three local and recognized solar installation companies—PetersenDean, SkyTech Solar, and Solar Technologies—have been selected for the program and are offering a 15% discount, making now the most affordable time to go solar! In addition, those who choose to go solar can still take advantage of the full 30% federal solar tax credit before it is reduced in 2020.

SunShares is also offering zero-emission vehicle discounts on the 2019 all electric Nissan Leaf and the 2019 hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Mirai.

Imagine the possibilities…save on your home utility bills, cut your gas costs, reduce your greenhouse gas footprint, and drive on clean energy!

To sign up, visit BayAreaSunShares.org. This limited time offer is available until November 15, 2019. 


IRVINGTON BART STATION AREA PLAN ADOPTED

On Tuesday, July 16, the Fremont City Council adopted the Irvington BART Station Area Plan. The document is available at Fremont.gov/IrvingtonBART

The Station Area Plan has been prepared to provide a framework for achieving the City of Fremont’s longstanding vision of a transit-oriented, active area strategically integrated with the future Irvington BART Station, consistent with the City’s 2011 General Plan and Irvington Community Plan goals. The primary purpose of the Station Area Plan is to ensure successful integration and connectivity between the Irvington BART Station, new development, and existing neighborhoods.

Construction for the new Irvington BART Station is anticipated to begin in 2022, with an anticipated opening date in 2026.

For more information, please visit Fremont.gov/IrvingtonBART

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