ALAMEDA -- The Planning Board will host a public hearing later this month on a draft Master Infrastructure Plan for Alameda Point, part of a series of meetings where city officials will be asking for public input on the site's overall future.

Along with considering the infrastructure plan, the board will review a draft plan for a "waterfront town center" at the former Alameda Naval Air Station during the Aug. 21 meeting.

Other proposals set to go before city boards and commissions in the coming months regarding the future of Alameda Point include documents related to transit, transportation, zoning and General Plan amendments.

The aim is to secure City Council approval, including certifying an Environmental Impact Report, by January 2014, said Jennifer Ott, the site's chief operating officer.

"These are the last major planning documents needed for the city to attract private investment and put a shovel in the ground at Alameda Point," Ott said. "We are seeking broad public involvement in this crucial planning process so that we can ensure that future development at Alameda Point reflects a community-supported vision."

The council is expected to review the draft infrastructure plan on Sept. 9.

The upcoming meetings follow the city taking ownership of about 1,400 acres of the former base in June through a no-cost conveyance agreement with the U.S. Navy.


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The agreement, the first phase of the base's overall transfer, provided the city with about 500 acres of land and nearly 900 acres beneath San Francisco Bay.

The complete transfer of Alameda Point is projected to be completed by 2019.

The public can participate in the planning process and review the latest draft planning documents in a variety of ways, including:

  • Visiting the city's Alameda Point website at Alamedaca.gov/Alameda-Point and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AlamedaNAS

  • Registering for e-mail blasts of public notices and Alameda Point news by e-mailing AlamedaPoint@alamedaca.gov

  • Following the latest Alameda Point news on Twitter @AlamedaNAS

    People can also submit e-mail comments to AlamedaPoint@alamedaca.gov or get updates by visiting www.alamedaca.gov/alameda-point.

    About 14,000 jobs were lost when the Navy base closed in April 1997. City officials expect 9,000 permanent jobs and millions of dollars in state and local tax revenues will be generated as the site is redeveloped.

    Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.

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