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Ripple Leung appointed to Planning Commission

23 Feb

Human Relations Commissioner Ripple Leung was appointed to the Fremont Planning Commission by Mayor Harrison at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Leung helps increase diversity of the planning commission by including an Asian American woman to the decision making process. The appointment went uneventfully and was approved 5-0.

Planning Commission Appointment

6 Feb

Former police officer and city council candidate Rick Jones was appointed to the Fremont planning commission seat left vacant by City Councilmember Raj Salwan. Jones was sworn in with a unanimous vote of 5-0 at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Bill Harrison has one more appointment left on the planning commission which will replace the seat vacated by former Planning Commissioner Lisa Quan.

Planning Commission Vacancy

13 Dec

Planning Commissioner Dan Lydon termed out this month after serving on the commission since 2003. Lydon has served the City of Fremont as the Fire Chief since the 1960’s.

With Lydon being termed out, a vacancy has been created. It remains to be seen who will be appointed to this position. Untimately, the Mayor decides who he should appoint and city council usually will vote along with him. Potential candidates include Ed Pentaleri, Rakesh Verma, Beth Hoffman, John J Dutra, along with others (maybe Vinnie Bacon?).

What are your thoughts?

First win for Save Kimber Park

18 Oct

The residents of Kimber Park prevailed in their desire to modify the Fremont General Plan to include the site currently owned by Sheena Chang to private open space. The group, Save Kimber Park, stormed the planning commission on October 13, 2011 with their green T-shirts and signs demanding the planning commission change the designation to private open space to save the park from being developed into luxury homes.

Representing the developer, Civitaf Group, was consultant Roger Shank. The decision by the planning commission was made easier since the city staff strongly believed that the historical record suggested that the park was always intended to be open space. Fremont city staff was supportive of making Kimber Park open space which would limit future development at the site.

The planning commission voted 6-1 in favor of maintaining the site as private open space. The lone dissenting voice was Lisa Quan.

However, this decision doesn’t prevent the developer from developing on the site, it certainly is one more hindrance. This isn’t the last time we’ve heard from Save Kimber Park or the developers. Stay tuned…

Fremont General Plan Update

13 Oct

The Fremont Planning Commission will be reviewing the City’s General Plan and EIR tonight at Fremont City Hall. City staff has been working for several months finalizing the details of the General Plan. A public hearing is being held tonight at 7:00pm.