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UC Impacts Current UC + LRDP Costs to City UC Contributions to City Under Settlement Agreement Fire/emergency services are provided to UC by the City, while expanding UC activities overburdens emergency services and planning. Current annual costs to City: $5.7 million; additional annual LRDP cost: $800,000. $600,000 annual payment to City by UC. ($150,000 has already been diverted to pay for the Citys mandatory DAP planner.) Police services: high-density student neighborhoods require extra police services. Current costs to City: $3 million; additional LRDP cost: $400,000. None. However, police costs will increase as UC brings more density, visitors, and special events to Berkeley. Sewer maintenance costs are increased by 60,000 campus users and additional event guests. Current + LRDP annual costs to City: $2.7 million. $200,000 annual payment by UC. (At least $1.3 milliončand perhaps much morečcould be recovered today under existing court rulings.) Increased traffic on cross-city arterials and in neighborhoods, and under the LRDP, 7 major intersections will fall to unacceptable service levels. Current annual UC transportation cost to City: $1.1 million; additional LRDP cost: $227,000. (The City loses money because UCB does little to reduce commuting.) Nothing required except what UCB chooses to fund within an annual contribution of $200,000 (the cost of one traffic light). Other universities have extensive programs that reduce commuting, and a similar effort by UCB would cost $1 to $2 million per year. Student demographic impacts on housing supply and business diversity. Not addressed in LRDP EIR. None. Instead, the DAP opens the door for UC to design downtown to meet the needs of UC students and visitors, not those of Berkeley citizens. Quality-of-life problems for neighborhoods surrounding UC, such as noise, litter, and pressure on neighborhood parking. Not factored into the Citys cost study, not addressed in the LRDP EIR. For example, new parking enforcement mechanisms must be devised for neighborhoods near UC. $200,000 per year, to be stockpiled or used at the Chancellor's discretion. No requirement to spend the money on neighborhoods most impacted by UC. No effective mitigations provided for neighborhood parking impacts.
In addition, the City cannot:
- challenge the inadequacies of the 2020 LRDP EIR, including the Southeast Campus (SCIP) projects around Memorial Stadium illegally left out of the 2020 LRDP EIR;
- recover any additional fees from UC for 15 years, even if courts permit cities to collect more taxes than currently allowed for items like parking and sewers;
- receive extra reimbursement for its new Downtown Area Plan (DAP) planning burden.
However, the City must:
- employ a FTE land use a planner for 4 years to work with UC on the DAP;
- finish the DAP within 4 years, or pay a penalty of $15,000 per month to the university.
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