Encinal Terminals back before Planning Board

Google Earth Revised plans to develop Encinal Terminals (A) come before the Planning Board on Monday. The site is located north of the Del Monte warehouse (B) and east of Jean Sweeney Open Space (C) and Wind River (D).
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Encinal Terminals back before Planning Board

North Waterfront Cove, LLC, (NWC) will again present its case to the Planning Board for developing Encinal Terminals, the property north of the Del Monte warehouse. The board will meet next Monday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

In 2016 NWC applied for a master plan and development agreement that would develop the property on the waterfront north of the Del Monte warehouse. NWC planned to build up to 589 housing units, up to 50,000 square feet of commercial space and a 160-berth marina.

NWC’s proposal relied upon a tidelands exchange, which the developer says is consistent with the city’s General Plan. That plan allows for residential mixed-use development in the core of the site with publicly accessible open space on the shoreline around the perimeter of the site.

The Sierra Club’s Norman La Force wrote an opinion piece published in the Alameda Sun (“Sierra Club Opposes Land Swap at Encinal Terminals,” Oct. 14, 2017) .

La Force wrote, “The exchange would designate new tideland boundaries mostly in the water around the perimeter and a small tidelands strip through the middle of the site. This clears the way for the proposed residential footprint. In other words, the developer gets the valuable real estate, and the state mainly gets water and a wharf structure that requires ongoing maintenance”

In December 2017, the City Council certified the site’s environmental impact report, but not the tidelands exchange.

“The basics of the plan are not changing, NWC stated in a letter to the Planning Board. “There is no increase in units or in the intensity of development. According to NWC “reconfiguring the property lines pursuant to a tidelands exchange will create a significantly improved land plan.”

The developer also states that the new property lines locate residences in the site’s interior.

The new tidelands-compliant open space and maritime uses are on the edges of the property. Some are on the already disputed submerged lands, which Norman LaForce referred to as “water” in his 2017 opinion piece.

Contact Dennis Evanosky at devanosky@alamedasun.com.

City of Alameda North Waterfront Cove presented this plan for the property that once housed Encinal Terminals, depicted as (A) on the Google map on page 1. At issue is how the developer defines and plans to handle land, some submerged, that the state of Californa defines as tidelands.