By Robert Haugh
Tonight’s Santa Clara City Council meeting has a couple heated topics, including the Charities Housing affordable housing project at 1601 Civic Center Drive. There is yet another 49ers litigation matter scheduled during closed session.
The majority of the Council voted to postpone the affordable housing project until after elections. The project is in Councilman Raj Chahal’s district.
Hundreds of area homeowners had filed a petition requesting the parcel be bought by the City for a park.
The City doesn’t have funds for building or maintaining a park. Charities Housing, the owner, is asking for nearly $19 million for the property, plus conditions that the City provide an alternate site for the proposed development.
Here are items on the agenda:
- Closed session — Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation — Consider Authorization of Limited Scope Waiver of Privileged Communications and Any Other Response to Subpoena/Subpoena Duces Tecum
- Closed session — Conference with Real Property Negotiators Property: 1601 Civic Center Drive; Negotiating Parties: Charities Housing, Kathy Robinson Under Negotiation: Purchase/Sale/Exchange/Lease of Real Property
- Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation — Forty Niners Stadium Management Company LLC v. Santa Clara Stadium Authority, JAMS Case No. 1110024318
- Report from the Chair of the Historical and Landmarks Commission (HLC) on Commission Activities
- Action to Waive Second Reading and Adopt Ordinance No. 2055, Adding Section 2.05.100 to the City Code, Amending the Contract Between the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the City Council of the City of Santa Clara to Eliminate a Clause Relating to Temporary Employees
- Action on Resolution for an Exception to the 180 Day Waiting Period To Appoint a Retired Annuitant To Serve as Temporary Extra Help
- Hold a Public Hearing under the Tax and Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) and Action on the Adoption of a Resolution Approving the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) Reissuance of Tax-Exempt Bonds Relating to the Financing of 145-unit Affordable Housing Project for Low-income Households, Located in the City of Santa Clara, California at 3311 Kifer Road
- Public Hearing: Actions on the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP), General Plan Amendment from Community Commercial to High Density Residential, Rezone from General Office (OG) to Planned Development (PD), and density bonus agreement to allow a multifamily affordable housing development with 108 rental units at 1601 Civic Center Drive (Continued from September 27, 2022)