ACTION ALERTS

Act Now to Complete the Point Molate Bay Trail!

The City of Richmond’s Design Review Board (DRB) will meet on Wednesday, July 8 to provide recommendations on the preliminary General Plan Map and Text Amendments, Rezoning Map, Planned Area Plan, and preliminary Design Guidelines for the Point Molate Mixed-Use Development Project. TRAC needs your support in emailing DRB members asking that they request the following revisions to the current proposal by developer Winehaven Legacy LLC (Suncal):

  1. Clicking on the button below will set up an email for you to send to the DRB with your personal edits to a suggested message.
    1. Extend the Point Molate Trail to the Bay Trail spine at Stenmark Drive near the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to provide pedestrian and bicyclist access to Point Molate from the East Bay via Point Richmond and the North Bay via the RSR Bridge Trail.
    2. Design the Point Molate headlands as a shoreline park in accord with the City’s General Plan and Point Molate Reuse Plan .. not the proposed 270 residential units termed “The Point”.

For more details, view the very large DRB agenda report and Suncal’s proposed Preliminary Design Guidelines. (45 mb)

TRAC greatly appreciates your continuing support!

Be sure to paste in message below with your personal edits plus your name and address! NOTE: If the email button above does not work properly, just send your message to TRAC and we’ll gladly forward it. Thank you!

SUGGESTED MESSAGE:

Subject: Bay Trail Revisions for Proposed Point Molate Mixed-Use Project

Dear Chair Livingston and DRB Members,

When you meet on July 8, please ask Suncal to revise their proposed Design Guidelines as follows:

1. Extend the Point Molate Trail to the Bay Trail spine at Stenmark Drive near the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to provide pedestrian and bicyclist access to Point Molate from the East Bay via Point Richmond and the North Bay via the RSR Bridge Trail.

2. Design the Point Molate headlands as a shoreline park in accord with the City’s General Plan and Point Molate Reuse Plan .. not the proposed 270 residential units termed “The Point”.

The Point Molate Trail should be extended to the Bay Trail spine at Stenmark Drive near the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to provide pedestrian and bicyclist access to Point Molate from the East Bay via Point Richmond and the North Bay via the RSR Bridge Trail. Making this Bay Trail connection would increase visitation to Point Molate while also reducing motor vehicle traffic and alleviating the “significant and unavoidable” traffic impacts cited in the Draft SEIR for the project. East Bay Regional Park District has a 1.1-mile trail easement over Chevron’s shoreline land between Point Molate Beach Park and the bridge. Moreover, they have completed a 65% construction design, adopted a Mitigated Negative Declaration under CEQA, applied for major permits and obtained some funding for building the trail. Suncal should provide the balance of funds needed for construction within 30 days following City approval of the Planned Area Plan. This would enable early completion of the Bay Trail to Point Molate Beach Park and showcase Point Molate by linking with the Bay Trail continuing to the Winehaven Historic District and beyond.

The Point Molate headlands should be designed as a shoreline park, rather than the proposed 270 residential units termed “The Point”. The City’s General Plan 2030 designates the entire headland for Parks and Recreation stating:

  • “In the former Point Molate Navy Fuel Depot area, improvements to public areas should be guided by the 1997 Point Molate Reuse Plan.”
  • “Open Space and Parks and Recreation to reflect the conceptual land uses in the adopted 1997 Point Molate Reuse Plan.”

The Reuse Plan recommends a Shoreline Park on the headland designed to include the Bay Trail, a public promenade linkage with the Winehaven Historic District and public parking, all providing access to a public plaza, playing fields, play structure, interpretive facility and waterfront commercial area. This shoreline park is central to public enjoyment of the Bay Trail. These Point Molate headlands also are designated for Shoreline Park in BCDC’s Bay Plan and the San Pablo Peninsula Open Space Feasibility Study prepared by the City of Richmond, California Coastal Conservancy, Chevron, EBRPD, Muir Heritage Land Trust and TRAC.

Please recommend these design changes to ensure that the shoreline of Point Molate will be an attractive asset for Point Molate residents & visitors and fully accessible for active transportation and recreation.

Sincerely,

Name & Address

contact information for richmond, CA Elected officials

Name Address Phone
Tom Butt, Mayor
tom.butt@intres.com
235 East Scenic Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
236-7435 (W)
237-2084 (H)
Demnlus Johnson III, Councilmember
demnlus_johnson@ci.richmond.ca.us
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 94804  
Eduardo Martinez, Councilmember
eduardomartinezrichmond@gmail.com
P.O. Box 5252,
Richmond, CA 94805
712-4934
Nat Bates, Councilmember
natbates@comcast.net
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 94804  
Jael Myrick, Councilmember
jael_myrick@ci.richmond.ca.us
27 Maine Ave
Richmond, CA 94804
620-6636
Ben Choi, Councilmember
ben.wb.choi@gmail.com
163 Bayside Court
Richmond, CA 94804
378-0318
Melvin Willis, Councilmember
mrmelvinwillis@gmail.com
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
412-2050

Richmond City Council Meetings
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza. 
CLICK HERE
 for agendas. Televised on KCRT, Channel 28

contact information for richmond, CA Elected officials

Tom Butt, Mayor
tom.butt@intres.com

235 East Scenic Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801

236-7435 (W)
237-2084 (H)

Demnlus Johnson III, Councilmember
demnlus_johnson@ci.richmond.ca.us

440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 94804

Eduardo Martinez, Councilmember
eduardomartinezrichmond@gmail.com

P.O. Box 5252,
Richmond, CA 94805

712-4934

Nat Bates, Councilmember
natbates@comcast.net

440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond 94804

Jael Myrick, Councilmember
jael_myrick@ci.richmond.ca.us

27 Maine Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

620-6636

Ben Choi, Councilmember
ben.wb.choi@gmail.com

378-0318
163 Bayside Court
Richmond, CA 94804

Melvin Willis, Councilmember
mrmelvinwillis@gmail.com

440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

412-2050

Richmond City Council Meetings
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza. 
CLICK HERE
 for agendas. Televised on KCRT, Channel 28

Individual Email Addresses of Planning Commissioners and City Staff

Planning Commissioners

Director of Community Development
Lina Velasco: lina_velasco@ci.richmond.ca.us

Planning Commissioners

David Tucker, Chair: dtuckercompany@gmail.com
Andrew Butt, Vice Chair: andrew.butt@intres.com
Jen Loy: jenloy@berkeley.edu
Brandon Evans: EDC_brandonevans@yahoo.com

Nancy Baer nbaer48@yahoo.com

Yu-Hsiang (Michael) Huang ; michael_huang@gensler.com

Individual Email Addresses of Design review board members

Jonathan Livingston, Chair: jlivingston7096@gmail.com
Michael Hanna, Vice Chair: michaelhannah@gmail.com
Kim Butt: thekimbutt@gmail.com 
Brian Carter: brianpscarter@gmail.com
Jessica Fine: jessicasharonfine@gmail.com
Macy Leung: macy.m.leung@gmail.com
Karlyn Neel: karlynneel@gmail.com

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