On Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, there will be a special joint meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) to consider issues related to the Branch Libraries Projects. The LPC will consider whether or not to approve the demolitions of the South and West Branch Public Libraries. (The West Branch is a Structure of Merit, and both buildings are potentially historic under California law.) The ZAB will consider whether or not to grant use permits for the construction of new libraries at these locations and whether or not to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report concerning these projects.
The meeting agenda and staff report will not be made public until three to five days before the meeting takes place. Since the fourth and fifth day before the meeting occur on a weekend, this probably means that the agenda and staff report will be available on Monday, April 11th, three days prior to the meeting.
However, in order for correspondence from the public to be included in the packet mailed to LPC and ZAB members, it must be received by noon, Thursday, April 7th, seven days before the meeting. Correspondence received by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, April 12th will be put online for LPC and ZAB members to view. Letters may be submitted at the meeting up until these agenda items close. At this time, protocol for members of the public to speak at the joint meeting has not been announced. For more information, please check these links.