Albany Waterfront Committee Wednesday April 6

The Albany Waterfront Committee meets 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 6, 1000 San Pablo Ave., to tell EBRPD Director Whitney Dotson what it wants for the Albany Landfill. Director Dotson’s ward includes Albany.
Albany WFC recommends that voter-approved taxes (Measure WW) go towards developing the Neck, Bulb and Plateau, which the city of Albany doesn’t own.

The meeting is an open discussion between the WFC and Director Dotson and not a public hearing. However, people can comment at the beginning of the meeting under Public Comment and speak for three minutes.

WFC wants EBRPD to:

Construct the Albany-Berkeley Bay Trail link
Develop the Plateau
Develop the Neck and Bulb
Expand the Salt Marsh
Buy more land
About $27 million in Measure WW Funds is available.

Information on funding sources and WFC’s recommendation for spending the money can be found in the WFC Agenda.

EBRPD will use its eminent domain powers to buy 4.8 acres from Golden Gate Fields to complete the trail link. Money has been set aside to build it. It will also take by eminent domain 2.8 acres east of the Beach for beach improvements. (See page 32 of the EBRPD Agenda (PDF) for the eminent domain public hearing 2 p.m. April 5, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland.)

Many people have expressed a desire for minimal development at the Albany Landfill and Beach. The area is a state-owned park, operated by EBRPD. Albany owns a slice of the Neck and the Bulb. WFC’s views may not necessarily reflect the public’s broader view to keep the Landfill and Beach undeveloped and available for all users. The WFC meeting is an opportunity to make that known to Director Dotson.

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