Monday, November 2, 2020
Reach Codes Results from City of Sunnyvale Council Meeting
City staff presented a phased Reach Code Program to City Council for review and approval at the October 27, city council meeting.
Reach Codes are local energy codes for building design and construction that extend beyond minimum state requirements. In Sunnyvale, the Reach Codes would be applied in phases to both residential and non-residential projects, with phase one applying to new construction, and subsequent phases covering additions/alterations, commercial kitchens and hotels. The goal of the Reach Codes is to create all-electric and decarbonize buildings.
After the staff presentation and multiple public speakers, Councilmembers debated the scope of Phase 1, evaluated the exceptions and clarified that Phases 2, 3 and 4 would return to Council for further approval. Council Member Hendriks then made the motion to carry out Alternative 2, approve, with modifications, a “Phased Reach Codes Program and implement Phase 1 for new Residential and Non-Residential Construction Projects and Introduce an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 16.42 (Energy Code) and Chapter 16.43 (Green Building Code) of Title 16 (Buildings and Construction) and find that the Action is Exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15308, 15305 and 15061.”
The motion passed with support from all Councilmembers except Councilmember Fong, who recused himself.
A short overview of the modifications:
- Removal of Exception 4 as written in the draft ordinance. (Non-residential kitchens may utilize natural gas for cooking appliances. Energy STAR rated natural gas appliances shall be used.)
- Requests for non-residential kitchen use of gas cooking appliances can only be made under Exception 5 conditions.
- Added new Exception. Evaluated in a case-by-case situation, fuel cell technology and other self-generation power may be allowed when such sources are external power for all-electric buildings and where the power grid reliability is undependable. (Exact verbiage is unknown as this was added by Council during the meeting. Final writing of the exception will be provided in the final revision of the ordinance.) This exception is a direct outcome of MPBG advocacy.
- New guidelines for EV readiness:
- Hotels – 50% spaces to have conduit, 30% to have level 1-circuit ready
- Office& other non-residential – 35% spaces to have conduit, 35% to have level 2 with EVCS
- Multi-residential – 70% to have conduit, 30% to have level 2 ready circuit
- Single Family, Duplexes & Townhomes – unassigned spaces to have 70% conduit, 30% to have level 2 ready circuit
- Final version of the ordinance, with the revised language, will be posted 2 weeks prior to the final presentation to Council for adoption.
The final copy of the Reach Code policy will be sent to MPBG members once posted by the City of Sunnyvale.
Master Plan for Public Art Moved to November 10th, City Council Meeting
City of Sunnyvale has completed the Master Plan for Public Art (MPPA) study. The master plan study process started with an RFP in 2016, and community engagement in 2017. MPBG Board had a MPPA project presentation and an opportunity to provide feedback, especially on the structure of art in private development, at the March 2019, MPBG board meeting. The final steps of the project included two Council study sessions conducted in 2019 and 2020, an Arts Commission meeting conducted in September 2020, and a Planning Commission meeting conducted in September 2020.
From the study the following implementation options on Art in Private Development section will be presented at the November 10, City Council meeting.
- Maintain current Art in Private Development in-lieu fees and General Fund contribution
- Continues current activity level
- Formalizes the process for spending the Public Art Fund balance
- Expand Public Art through increased Art in Private Development in-lieu fee incentives –
Provide for additional activities by increasing the incentive for developers to select the in-lieu Art in Private Development option by either:
- Increasing the art requirement percentage to 1.5% while maintaining the current in-lieu fee of 1.1%
2. Maintaining the current art requirement percentage of 1% while lowering the in-lieu fee option to 0.75%
- Expand Public Art through General Fund Service Level set-aside contribution
- Option 1 plus General Fund Service Level set-aside
- Expand Public Art through increased Art in Private Development in lieu fees and increased General Fund Service Level set-aside
- Options 1 through 3
Staff recommends approval of alternatives 1 through 3:
- Approve the Master Plan for Public Art;
- Introduce an Ordinance Amending Sunnyvale Municipal Code Chapter 19.52 (Art in Private Development) to Increase the Percent for Art Requirement from 1% to 1.5%, Implementing Option 2A of the Public Art Master Plan; and
- Allocate $50,000 from the Public Art Fund to Implement a Utility Box Art Project
The public can still provide comment to City Council through written correspondence sent to the City Clerk and/or during the Council meeting. Meeting online link: https://sunnyvale-ca-gov.zoom.us/j/96111580540 Meeting call-in telephone number: 833-548-0276 | Meeting ID: 961 1158 0540
Jay Paul Co. Awarded Milestone Project of the Year by Silicon Valley Business Journal
Congratulations to Jay Paul Co. as the winner of the Structure Awards Milestone Project of the Year, from the Silicon Valley Business Journal (SVBJ). The annual event recognizes the best projects, deals and leases in Silicon Valley.
Jay Paul Co. was specifically recognized for the their five developments in the Moffett Park:
- Technology Corners – 26.4 acres, 949,000 sq. ft. office, 16,000 sq. ft. fitness center
- Moffett Towers I – 52 acres, 1.8 million sq. ft. office, 48,000 sq. ft. fitness center
- Moffett Place – 55 acres, 1.9 million sq. ft. office, 50,000 sq. ft. events center
- Moffett Gateway- 15.5 acres, 612,796 sq. ft. office, 15,000 sq. ft. fitness center
- Moffett Towers II -47.4 acres, 1.8 million sq. ft. office
Collectively, these developments confirm that “large-scale, high-end, spec development had a role to play in Silicon Valley.” (SVBJ) What was once one- or two-story R&D buildings, are now LEED Platinum or LEED Gold developments with some of the most recognizable names in the business community as tenants.
Congratulations again to Jay Paul Co. for the cumulation of the past 20 years of work in the Moffett Park!
Caribbean Drive: First Green Street in Sunnyvale
The Caribbean Drive Green Street Project is the first green street project in Sunnyvale, which integrates transportation, recreational, and stormwater improvements.
The project has a multi-use path for safer walking and biking and provides additional parking spaces for Bay Trail users. The City also installed a row of six new bioretention rain gardens, which remove pollutants in stormwater by filtering it though plant roots and soil. These rain gardens treat nearly 42,000 square feet of upstream, urban-area stormwater.
Along with the functional components of the project, the rain gardens provide an opportunity to showcase thirteen California native plant species, that fit with the surrounding local ecology. Each plant species attracts native pollinators and uses less water.
A project that not only improves the infrastructure of the area but enhances the natural beauty of the area as well.