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Saltworks to review Bayfront housing plan
Daily Journal staff report, 11/5/11

An ambitious plan to remake more than 1,400 acres of Bayfront salt ponds into a mixed-use development with up to 12,000 homes will be reviewed and evaluated for possible changes and another round of city and community input, according to the developer.

DMB Associates, the applicant for the proposed Saltworks development, announced the need for further review Friday in light of the amount of feedback received during the first round of input, known as a scoping period, earlier this year.

Flood protection, increasing the variety of housing options, park creation and restoration of the salt ponds were the primary concerns facing the city as related to the project, according to DMB.

DMB has proposed to preserve 50 percent of the 1,436-acre site as permanent open space, public recreation and tidal marsh restoration and develop the remaining half into housing, schools, parks and retail and transit facilities.

The plan has been at the center of a debate over the future of the site, and whether transforming the salt ponds into a development is the appropriate use. Critics suggest it be returned to tidal wetlands and several community groups have formed to weigh in with their concerns.

DMB Vice President David Smith would not go into details about what spurred the need for further review, but emphasized that the company has long relied on community feedback to ensure the proposal meets the city’s needs.

“We’ve had very robust input, we just wanted the city to know that we were not going to get back to them as quickly as we thought,” Smith said.

City officials said they will carry on the analysis of the application as more information and revisions are made available and that no decision regarding the application will be made until the environmental review process is completed.


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