Burbank City Council to discuss rate hikes, mixed-use development and airport commission


Proposed increases to water and sewer rates, a project to add mixed-use development in downtown Burbank and consideration of whether to have current council members serve on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority are the main issues scheduled to be discussed at a Burbank City Council meeting on Tuesday.

City staff members are expected to continue their discussion about the 2017-18 fiscal year budget and will explain reasons why Burbank Water and Power is suggesting to hike rates for its water and sewer services, according to a city staff report.

Originally mentioned during a meeting May 9, the city utility plans to raise the water rate by about 3.4%, which is estimated to be about a $2.11 increase per month for the average resident.

Additionally, the rate for sewer services is proposed to bump up by 1%, which, according to city staff, is about a 24-cent hike per month for most residents.

City staff members are also slated to discuss with council members a proposed project at 315 N. First St., where a developer wants to build three five-story mixed-use buildings that would have a total of 261 apartments on the upper floors and up to about 19,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, according to a staff report.

Should the project be approved, it is planned to be built in three phases, in which one building would be constructed during each phase.

In addition, the City Council is scheduled to continue discussion about whether it would be appropriate to have current council members serve as a commissioner on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, a joint-powers agency that owns and oversees the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

The topic was last discussed in January, when council members voted to have city staff come back with information regarding the history of Burbank-elected officials taking on the dual role and if there are any legal ramifications for doing so.

Mayor Will Rogers brought up the issue after claiming that some residents would like to see current council members on the airport authority. Glendale has two current council members and a former council member as its representatives on the board, while Pasadena has its mayor, a council member and president of Pasadena City College’s board of trustees as representatives.

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