BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – Nov 18, 2019

DATE: November 18, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White


Ken Crawford
Rene Hamlin


  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Bradshaw Apartments Presentation – Rashad MammadovRashad Mammadov gave a presentation on the proposed Bradshaw at Folsom Apartments, and answered questions afterwards.  He stated that the address for the proposed apartments is 9545 Folsom Blvd.  It will have two and three story apartments, with a total of 62 units.  These will include two bedroom, one bedroom and studio units.  The parts of the apartments facing Folsom Blvd. will be three stories, and the parts of the apartments facing the residential neighbors will be two stories.  Estimated rent for the two bedroom units is $1,700 per month, for the one bedroom units is $1,550 per month, and for the studio units is $1,100 to $1,200 per month.  He noted that the current plans are generally similar to the plans on the BRECA web site.One question concerned the sort of trees to be used as a barrier between the apartments and the residential area.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they have not determined this yet.  Another question concerned access for handicapped.  Mr. Mammadov responded that all apartments on the first floor are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, as is parking.  Another question concerned how long security will be provided.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they plan to have patrols every few hours once the apartments are constructed.  There will also be an on-site manager.A further question concerned the number of parking spaces.  Mr. Mammadov responded that there will be 72 parking spaces, including two motorcycles, and three ADA.  Another question concerned status of the application.  Mr. Mammadov stated that they have sent drawings to County Planning, and hope to submit an application next week.  Another question concerned traffic impacts and studies.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they are not required to do traffic studies for a design review application due to the size of the project.  Another question concerned prevailing wages.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they do not plan to pay prevailing wages.  A final question concerned timelines.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they expect to start 6 months after the project is approved, and complete construction in 12 months.  So, move in would be in 2022.
  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Some changes were proposed and accepted to the draft minutes of October 22, 2019.  Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss, budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,633.05.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that there was activity on the proposal from County Planning to change the way that the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs) work.  Two of the main concerns had been that the proposal would have eliminated the ability of the CPACs to file a free appeal of County Planning Commission decisions, and to eliminated votes on projects, but only have discussions.  A final proposal from County Planning was scheduled to go to the Planning Commission without having been reviewed by the CPACs.  Gay Jones (Chair of CORPAC) filed a formal request for delay so that the proposal could be reviewed by the CPACs.  The request was denied.  They were given the final proposal with 5 days to review before the Planning Commission meeting.  They took no exception to the proposed changes, which did not include either of the above proposals.  Gay Jones sent a note stating that they were okay with the final proposal.Gay Jones noted that the final proposal was approved by the Planning Commission, and now goes to the Board of Supervisors.  It turns out that other CPACs had similar concerns to CORPAC.Gay Jones also noted that the next CORPAC meeting would deal with a non-conforming use: The application for a Sober Living Transitional Housing on Wild Rose Way (in Rosemont).  The use would be non-conforming due to an excessive number of dwelling units for the area.
    3. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that a total of 51 Welcome Packets have been delivered.
      Jim also reported that there were no changes in BRECA membership this month.  BRECA has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. BRECA Newsletter Update
      Jim Morgan reported that the Newsletter is ready to go to Rick Sloan for pictures and graphics.  It should be coming out in early December.
    2. Tree Planting
      Bonnie Domeny stated that 60 people have volunteered for the tree planting in Riviera East Park.  Registration is now closed.  There will be 18 trees planted.  Lee Leavelle asked if the trees would need to be watered.  Andrea White volunteered to ask at the Cordova Registration and Park management meeting.  She stated that maintenance people keep an eye on the trees.
    3. From the Floor
      James Adams enquired whether the Bradshaw Apartments proposal is moving okay, and whether the people present are okay with the plan as submitted.  Lee Leavelle stated that it seems okay to him, we received no negative feedback from the community at the presentation earlier (see item 2).  Bonnie Domeny stated that she did not think we need to take a formal stand.  Gay Jones stated we should not rush to judgment: Let’s see what Mr. Mammadov actually submits to the County.  There may still be outstanding issues.  Jim Morgan stated that Mr. Mammadov needs deviations from County codes, which have to be approved by County Planning.  It is likely it will come before CORPAC.  Mr. Mammadov has made significant improvements compared to the June version of the proposal.  Lee Leavelle commented that this is an example of the community working with the developer to make it easier to get approval of the project.  However, there will be ongoing changes as the project progresses through the approval process.  Lori Christensen commented that we can revisit the issue at the next Steering Committee meeting in January.
      Gay Jones commented that the yellow locker is still on the south side of Folsom Blvd. opposite 9545 Folsom Blvd.  She urged people to call 311 and make a complaint.
  1. New Business
    1. Holiday Party Planning
      Bonnie Domeny commented that the meeting on December 17, Tuesday, is scheduled as the holiday party.  Lori Christensen commented that last year at Brookside was nice, and we ordered appetizers.  Bonnie volunteered to call Brookside and get a reservation.  Jim Morgan commented that we did a flyer last year.  There was discussion of the details.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny commented that the Hyannis Way Neighborhood Watch met.  About 30 people attended.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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