City Council Special Meeting eAgenda May 2, 2023
CALLING A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL
In accordance with the authority in me vested, I do hereby call the Berkeley City Council in special session as follows:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD ROOM - 1231 ADDISON STREET, BERKELEY, CA 94702
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor
District 1 – Rashi Kesarwani
District 5 – Sophie Hahn
District 2 – Terry Taplin
District 6 – Susan Wengraf
District 3 – Ben Bartlett
District 7 – Rigel Robinson
District 4 – Kate Harrison
District 8 – Mark Humbert
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1.-Adding BMC Chapter 13.107, Helping Achieve Responsible Development with Healthcare and Apprenticeship Training Standards (HARD HATS) Ordinance
From: Mayor Arreguin (Author)
1. Adopt a first reading of an Ordinance adding Chapter 13.107 to the Berkeley Municipal Code establishing healthcare and apprenticeship standards for private development.
2. Refer the City Manager and Planning Commission if necessary to:
a. Include an analysis of the costs of these new healthcare and apprenticeship requirements on private development as part of the Housing Feasibility Study currently underway;
b. Based on the findings of the feasibility study, recommend adjustments to impact fees if needed to offset the cost of these new requirements to maintain economic feasibility of projects;
c. Bring back to the City Council proposed changes to enabling legislation to enable fee reductions if needed;
d. Consider upzoning the C-DMU Downtown Mixed-Use District zoning to allow for an increased number of taller exceptions (at or above 180 feet in height) and explore other zoning modifications to allow for additional density as a way to offset the cost of these new labor standards.
3. Refer to the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Process funding as determined necessary by the City Manager to fund the implementation of this new law, and direct the City Manager to develop an implementation plan and timeline for this new Ordinance.
Financial Implications: See report
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, (510) 981-7100
Public Comment - Items on this agenda only
I hereby request that the City Clerk of the City of Berkeley cause personal notice to be given to each member of the Berkeley City Council on the time and place of said meeting, forthwith.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the City of Berkeley to be affixed on this 28th day of April, 2023.
Jesse Arreguin, Mayor
Public Notice – this Proclamation serves as the official agenda for this meeting.
Date: April 28, 2023
Mark Numainville, City Clerk
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