Timeline of Harbor Bay Club

On September 25, 2013, over 80 Harbor Bay homeowners listened to Harbor Bay Neighbors spokesman Tim Coffey present this timeline to the CHBIOA Master Board of Directors, accompanied by a press release.

The historical documents reveal Cowan was allowed to build additional homes on Harbor Bay acreage originally designated as recreation space. The City of Alameda granted HBIA the right to swap 44 acres for a 10-acre Harbor Bay Club under the provision that “the purpose of the Harbor Bay Club is and shall continue to be to provide quality recreation facilities for the residents of Harbor Bay Isle residential development.”

It is unclear whether the CHBIOA Master Board understands their legal obligation to maintain home values, retain our quality of life, and represent HBI homeowners. It falls on us to continue to remind them!

TIMELINE SYNOPSIS:

  • The City of Alameda initially approved the creation of the Club with the understanding it would be community-owned and exclusive to the Harbor Bay Isle residential development.
  • That changed in 1976 when Ron Cowan and HBIA requested an amendment to those plans that resulted in (1) the creation of a private Club owned by HBIA that would be open the public and (2) the elimination of 26 acres of recreation common areas throughout Harbor Bay Isle.
  • The City of Alameda agreed to the changes with several conditions that sought to remind HBIA that “the purpose of the Harbor Bay Club is and shall continue to be to provide quality recreation facilities for the residents of Harbor Bay Isle residential development (16).” 

 

DETAILED TIMELINE 
1972:
Harbor Bay Isle Associates (dba Doric Development) submits a Master Plan for Village I in Harbor Bay Isle that includes community amenities that “are to be created and preserved as resources upon which all residents may draw (1).”
o   Developer claims the homeowners’ associations responsible for the community facilities would be under a master association for the community (2).
o   In addition to individual neighborhood commons, developer proposes a Village Commons to be located on an island and that will serve as “the major recreational facilities for the Village residents (3).”
o   Facilities include a club house, tennis courts, swimming pool, Jacuzzi pool, sun decks and recreation building with exercise rooms, sauna bath, massage room, locker rooms and showers (3).

June 14, 1974:
City of Alameda Planning Board reaffirms the planned development for Village I includes “recreation facilities (4)” in Planned Development Amendment No. 74-1.

March 3, 1975:
Planning Board establishes “common open space (5)” for Village II in Planned Development in Amendment No. 74-3.

Aug. 17, 1976:
Harbor Bay Isle Associates seeks amendment to the original plan requesting “the combination of the approved recreation commons for Village I and II and those planned for Villages III-V into one large club (6).”
o The purpose of the change “was to make membership in the club optional rather than a part of the mandatory homeowner membership dues.”
o The “plan included reducing the total amount of public recreation area in the developments from 44.4 acres to 18.2 acres.”

Oct. 5, 1976:
City Council passes Resolution No. 8593 that calls for “Deletion of the … Village Commons Recreation Centers, and substitution of the Harbor Bay Club (7).”
o “Optional membership in Harbor Bay Isle Club” in place of “mandatory membership in Village Commons Recreation Centers (8).”
o “Reduction in public land area from 44.4 acres to 18.2 acres (9).”
o “Relocation of a common recreation facility near the Bay Farm Island Bridge which may be open to non-residents of Bay Farm Island as well as residents (10).”

Oct. 18, 1976:
Planning Board approves three Planned Development Amendments in response to HBIA’s proposed amendment:
o Planned Development Amendment No. 76-8 removes “Recreation Commons from Village I” due to economic hardship claimed by developer (11).
o Planned Development Amendment No. 76-9 removes “Recreation Commons from Village I, which was to take in all Village II homeowners through mandatory memberships.” due to economic hardship claimed by developer (12).
o   Planned Development Amendment No. 76-10 permits HBIA to create a private recreation complex with club house, recreation building, swimming pool and tennis courts.
o   Planning Board attaches several conditions for private recreation complex including (13):
 Outside members will be phased out in favor of Harbor Bay Isle residents,
 Management of the Club will make a commitment on the ceiling of possible monthly dues increases for the first two years of membership,
 The number of memberships will not exceed 1,200 family memberships and 200 junior memberships and
 Facilities to be provided at no or nominal cost to the Homeowners’ Associations for meetings.

May 15, 1978:
Planning Board approves Planning Development Amendment No. 78-4 that permits HBIA’s request to change the Harbor Bay Isle Club to a tennis facility from a general recreation facility (14).
o Planning Board finds “the change is one of orientation … and does not lessen the function of the Recreation Club within the community.”

Oct. 13, 1982:
Planning Board passes Planning Development Amendment No. 82-6 to delete two swimming pools and a teen center from the Harbor Bay Isle Club (15).
o Planning Board finds “the facilities will encompass recreation and fitness programs which were anticipated at the time of approval of the original Planned Development project.”

April 8, 1991:
Planning Board approves Planning Development Amendment No. 90-26, which approves expansion of the club and supercedes previous resolutions to Planned Development Amendment No. 76-10.
o   Planning Board finds “the purpose of the Harbor Bay Club is and shall continue to be to provide quality recreation facilities for the residents of Harbor Bay Isle residential development (16).”
o Additionally, Planning Board reiterates the following conditions (17):
 Outside members will be phased out in favor of Harbor Bay Isle residents,
 The number of memberships will not exceed 1,200 family memberships and 200 junior memberships and
 Facilities to be provided at no or nominal cost to the Homeowners’ Associations for meetings.

April 16, 2013:
HBIA sends “courtesy” letter to Mayor and City Council announcing plans to relocate the Harbor Bay Club by claiming economic hardship and without mention of previous Planning Board findings or conditions (18).

Appendix
1) Harbor Bay Isle, Community Master Plan, Village One Development Plan, Page 5.
2) Harbor Bay Isle, Community Master Plan, Village One Development Plan, Page 29.
3) Harbor Bay Isle, Community Master Plan, Village One Development Plan, Page 37.
4) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 74-1, Section B, Part 6.
5) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 74-3, Section B, Part 7.
6) Alameda Planning Department, Staff Report, April 8, 1991, Page 1.
7) Alameda City Council, Resolution No. 8593, Comparative Analysis Part 4.
8) Alameda City Council, Resolution No. 8593, Comparative Analysis Part 5.
9) Alameda City Council, Resolution No. 8593, Comparative Analysis Part 7.
10) Alameda City Council, Resolution No. 8593, Council Findings Part 1.
11) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 76-8, Board Findings Part 7.
12) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 76-9, Board Findings Part 6.
13) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 76-10, Board Conditions Parts, 1-3, 9.
14) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 78-4, Board Findings Part 6.
15) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 82-6, Board Findings Part 3.
16) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 90-26, Board Findings Part 6.
17) Alameda Planning Board, Planned Development Amendment No. 90-26, Board Conditions Parts 4-6.
18) Harbor Bay Isle Associates, Open Letter to Mayor and City Council, April 16, 2013

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3 thoughts on “Timeline of Harbor Bay Club

  1. Financial hardships has always been HBIA’s MO. My original membership number was 243 which I gave up when I started playing golf. We defeated Mr. Cowan in his attempt to buy the golf course property by taking the city politicians to task. Gilmore, Ashcraft, Tam, Chen, Dysong, the planning board, and all others concerned need to be made aware that we will not acquiesce and finance the next elections or make Mr. Cowen’s mortgage payments.
    Vahan Kurkjian.

  2. Ron Cowan has always found it hard to accept the fact that all his requests of this community have come with stipulations. The Harbor Bay Club was, is and will continue to be “to provide quality recreation facilities for the residents of Harbor Bay Isle residential development.”
    It is time for Ron Cowan to comply with his obligations. It is time Ron Cowan understands that his neglect in upgrading The Harbor Bay Club isn’t a reason to move it from the residents the Planning Board designated the club to serve.

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