In 1978, Sherman Lewis and friends formed the Hayward Area Planning Association in order to save open space, stop a proposed freeway, and advocate for better planning. Some of the key projects are summarized below.
A key project was the proposed development of what is now Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills in the late 1990s. This residential and golf course development was sited on habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog and California whipsnake. Advocacy and detailed analysis of the project’s environmental impact report resulted in project mitigations that included 10-year environmental monitoring and a fund (managed by the East Bay Regional Parks District) to expand parklands in the hills.
In 2001, Lewis completed and reported on his study of all the property in the right of way of the proposed SR238 Foothill Freeway. The study was to help the Alameda County Planning Department prepare a report for Supervisor Nate Miley on the potential for housing development in the freeway corridor. The Planning Dept. report estimated that 607 housing units could be built on the old quarry north of Carlos Bee Blvd. and Overlook Ave. In 2002, Lewis completed a report on Cal State Hayward and the Foothill Freeway that posed the choice between building a freeway through the quarry or using it for housing which could serve students.
The proposed freeway was eventually stopped by citizen action, the courts, the Hayward City Council, and a vote by the people of Hayward.
By 2003, HAPA was engaged in discussions over what would replace the Foothill Freeway. On February 26, 2003, the HAPA News proposed a “Draft Scope of Work: Foothill/Mission Smart Growth Variation” as an alternative to the over-widening of Mission and Foothill. Smart growth includes mixed use, e.g., ground floor businesses under residential housing at bus stops. Smart growth would not be over five stories and usually three to four. It would include development of student-oriented housing on the quarry site.
Many of the other elements of what became the Bayview Village project were in the HAPA News and a related report, “Foothill/Mission Planning Issues.”
In October 2003, “The HAPA Plan for Foothill and Mission, Hayward” proposed rapid bus from BART to Cal State Hayward and proposed that the approximately 30-acre surplus Caltrans land (the former quarry site) be used for car-free housing, with lower rents, transit passes and taxi credits in monthly rent, and mobility by Rapid Bus. Transit-oriented residential development along Foothill Mission and at the Quarry would provide the ridership to support Rapid Bus, and Rapid Bus would make a car-free lifestyle possible. Such a lifestyle is not only less expensive, but also reduces air pollution and global warming gases, reduces energy consumption and resource use, improves personal health and safety, and is more sustainable in the long run. A survey of 100 Cal State students in 2003 indicated that about 1/4 to 1/3 could live in such housing, would save on rent, and would want to live there.
With the final demise of the Foothill Freeway in 2004, the Bayview Village became the major concern of the Hayward Area Planning Association until 2015. The Bayview Village website, www.bayviewvillage.us, became a major part of that effort, along with outreach and surveying.
As Caltrans sold off the former freeway right-of-way properties to individual purchasers, it became clear that the best possibilities for application of Bayview Village principles was to focus on developments closer to the city center of Hayward.
In addition, HAPA has been working with the California State University-East Bay (formerly Hayward) campus on sustainability issues and rapid bus access (www.csuebsustainability.weebly.com).
HAPA continues to work on City of Hayward on land use planning issues, green mobility, parking requirements, traffic flow, and walkable neighborhoods.
The HAPA Board
Sherman Lewis, President; Professor Emeritus, California State University Hayward http://www.csueastbay.edu/directory/profiles/posc/shermanlewis.html
Evelyn Cormier, Secretary; Retired school teacher; President, Ohlone Audubon Society; Board member, Eden Area League of Women Voters; Social Justice Committee, Starr King Unitarian Church
Bruce Barrett, Treasurer; Software Quality Assurance Manager, Ebrary
Joy Rowan, Member