1650 Los Gamos Drive Medical Office Building
APN: 165-220-12 and 165-220-13
Address: 1650 Los Gamos Drive
Project No.: ED17-011, IS17-001, NM17-001, UP17-005, ZC17-001, SP17-002
Applicant: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Real Estate Department
1950 Franklin St, 12th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Project Planner: Sean Kennings
The subject property is approximately 11.1 acres in size located in north San Rafael. The subject property consists of two separate parcels bisected by Los Gamos Drive. APN 165-220-13 is a 178,160-square foot parcel previously developed with an existing approximately 148,000 square foot office building and associated surface parking. Across Los Gamos to the west is APN 165-220-12, a 305,791-square foot parcel developed with an approximately 80,000 square foot terraced surface parking lot and landscaping. The remainder of this parcel is characterized by oak woodland.
Kaiser Permanente is proposing a project with three components (collectively defined as “the proposed project”):
- Amendment to the current Planned Development (PD) zoning to add medical office use as an allowable use in the PD and allow the existing 148,000‐gross square foot office building, located at 1650 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael, it to be utilized as a medical office building (“MOB”).
- The construction of an up‐to 511‐space parking structure on the existing surface parking lot located to the west of 1650 Los Gamos Drive that will primarily serve the Kaiser Permanente employees working at the MOB (“parking structure”).
- Continued use of the 42 existing parking spaces located adjacent to 1650 Los Gamos Drive, on the 1600 Los Gamos Drive property. Kaiser Permanente has legal access to the use of those parking spaces through an easement and is not proposing any changes to the parking spaces.
Both 1650 and 1600 Los Gamos Drive were originally developed pursuant to a single PD District, which permits 1650 Los Gamos Drive to be constructed with up to 150,000 square feet of office uses and 1600 Los Gamos Drive to be constructed with up to 340,000 square feet of office uses.
To provide adequate parking for the use of the Medical Office Building at 1650 Los Gamos Drive, Kaiser Permanente is proposing to construct a new up-to 511‐space parking structure on the site of the existing surface parking lot to the west of the existing building.
Discretionary approvals or permits needed to construct and operate the Project will include: 1) an amendment to the existing PD District for the site to (i) allow medical office uses at 1650 Los Gamos Drive in addition to existing office uses, and to (ii) separate the PD District from 1600 Los Gamos Drive, except for the surface parking area covered by an easement; 2) a Master Use Permit Amendment; 3) a Major Design Review Permit; and 4) a Sign Program.
Additional approvals may be required from the County of Marin and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), as responsible agencies, to allow for any project mitigations identified within their jurisdictional boundaries. Approvals from the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District will also be required to relocate the sanitary sewer line. Other responsible agencies and additional approvals may be identified through the environmental review process.
The proposed project would result in significant adverse impacts upon traffic and circulation due to the proposed requirement of a major intersection improvement. In addition, because a comprehensive analysis of potential environmental impacts has not yet been undertaken, the proposed project could potentially result in impacts to Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use and Planning, Noise, and Traffic and Transportation. These thresholds will be further discussed in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and mitigations will be identified, analyzed and implemented to the extent feasible to reduce potential environmental impacts to less than significant levels.
The Initial Study document has been prepared in consultation with local, and state responsible and trustee agencies and in accordance with Section 15063 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
On February 21, 2017, formal applications were submitted to the City for the proposed project. The City has reviewed the project plans and studies to review and understand the project scope and determine completeness of the application.
The applicant conducted a Neighborhood Meeting in late 2016. The purpose of this meeting was for the applicant to present the project to the community, answer questions and solicit feedback on the application. This neighborhood meeting was conducted at the site. This was not a city sponsored meeting, but rather a meeting the City requires that applicants for large development proposals conduct to present their project to the community, answer questions and solicit feedback. The City was in attendance to take notes on the comments. Approximately 20 persons were in attendance.
The City has commenced its environmental review for the project, consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines. The first step is to prepare an Initial Study to evaluate the project's potential impacts on various facets of the environment. An Initial Study has been prepared consistent with CEQA requirements. The Initial study has concluded that the project the proposed project would result in significant adverse impacts upon traffic and circulation due to the proposed requirement of a major intersection improvement. In addition, because a comprehensive analysis of potential environmental impacts has not yet been undertaken, the proposed project could potentially result in impacts to Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use and Planning, Noise, and Traffic and Transportation. These thresholds will be further discussed in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and mitigation will be identified, analyzed and implemented to the extent feasible to reduce potential environmental impacts to less than significant levels.
Based on the Initial Study, the City has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP), which is the first step in an EIR process. The NOP is a scoping process to confirm the scope of the topical areas to be covered in a Draft EIR. There is a thirty-day (30-day) public review period for the NOP, which commenced on June 9, 2017. Written comments must be sent to the City of San Rafael, Community Development Department, Planning Division, 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael CA 94901 by Monday, July 10, 2017. Aside from the written comment period, The City of San Rafael Planning Commission will hold a public scoping meeting to solicit comments on the scope of issues to be addressed and alternatives that should be considered in the EIR on June 27, 2017, 7:00 PM in the San Rafael City Council Chambers at City Hall
A copy of the Initial Study as well as the technical appendices are provided on this page.
Once the NOP concludes, the City will begin the preparation of a Draft EIR (DEIR). It is anticipated that the DEIR will be released for a 45 day public review period by late summer 2017. There will be separate 45 day notice of the availability of the DEIR and the comment period. The Planning Commission will also hold a public hearing to accept oral comments on the DEIR.
The applicant will be conducting a neighborhood meeting at the site, 1650 Los Gamos San Rafael, on Monday August, 28th 2017 at 7pm.
This project will be going to the Design Review Board for a conceptual review on September 6, 2017, 7:00 PM in the San Rafael City Council Chambers at City Hall. Public comment is encouraged at this time for design related issues for the proposed parking structure.
Once the DEIR is complete, the project will be reviewed by the Design Review Board (DRB) for final review, Planning Commission and ultimately the City Council. Notices of these meetings will be mailed 15 days in advance and posted on the project site and published in the Marin IJ.