The BART Board will review the Isabel Neighborhood Plan (INP) during its meeting on April 12 in Oakland.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the BART Board Room, Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall- Third Floor, 2040 Webster Street.

There is no action scheduled. The board will hear a report on the INP and offer comments.

Val Menotti, Chief Planning and Development Officer, for BART has already sent comments to Livermore regarding its plan.

Among the recommendations from BART are higher densities and taller buildings for the residential zoning.

As part of the BART to Livermore extension project, Livermore has created the Isabel Neighborhood Plan. As proposed, it would include 3500 units and 8000 jobs. The Livermore City Council is scheduled to discuss the plan at its May 14 meeting.

Residential construction would occur in phases. The phasing program is linked to the BART to Livermore extension. Specifically, Phase I is linked to approval of a full BART extension to the Isabel Planning Area; Phase II to securing full project funding for the BART extension project, and Phase III to the start of construction for the BART extension project.

Land use was a topic of the letter sent to Livermore by BART. It notes that the diversity of the residential and non-residential uses has great potential to achieve a vibrant transit oriented development (TOD) environment. BART acknowledges the City's efforts to plan for higher densities in the INP area and that the plan will meet the current Plan Bay Area Priority Development Area goals and BART's TOD Performance Targets, if the plan is implemented as currently envisioned. However, BART suggests changes.

Specifically, BART proposes that all residential within 1/4-mile be designated "Core" and the remainder be designated "Village," except for the parcels backing up on Stetson Way. BART TOD Guidelines calls for a minimum net density 75 du/ac minimum for development on BART parcels. They recommend that all parcels within walking distance aspire to this requirement.

Other recommendations include increasing Village minimum stories to 3, Center minimum stories to 4, and Core minimum stories to 4 and maximum to 7 stories.

Parking was one of the areas to receive comments from BART. It was noted that the INP parking plans and policies can still be improved.

In general, according to BART, the neighborhood is still over-parked and is not entirely consistent with BART's TOD policy and guidelines that recommend against parking minimums and recommend lower parking maximums (1 space per unit for residential and 2.5 spaces/1,000 square feet for non-residential). The letter states, that eliminating parking minimums and reducing parking maximums can help reduce the cost of housing, consume less valuable land near transit and reduce associated environmental costs, such as water pollution from increased impervious surfaces.

In addition, BART expressed concern that the location of the additional parking capacity in such close proximity to the BART station entrance at a key point of pedestrian and bicycle access to the station will diminish the placemaking features of the development and discourage active and shared-ride modes of transit access, as well as diminish the overall quality of the transit­ oriented development.

If the City were to include additional parking, BART would recommend locating it further north, outside the core area but still providing a connection to the retail proposed on Main Street.

A future meeting at BART is scheduled for April 26. This will involve a project update and a summary of public outreach activities. No action is scheduled.