Calgrove Corridor Coalition
OCTOBER 1, 2010 Update!
Our Core Group did worked with the City Planners for "the best we could get" Land Use designation for the Smiser Property in 2008 and 2009 .
However, we are now concerned that other nearby One Valley One Vision Land Use designations will bring more hardship into our area due to Smiser Land Use designation and other high density Land Use areas that are proposed in the OVOV!
The Density Required
for a Population Increase to 500,000
will have Significant and Unavoidable Impacts!
Air Quality (Section 3.3)
While policies would reduce air pollutant emissions, the potential for impacts on air quality from implementation of the proposed General Plan and Area Plan would remain significant and unavoidable.
Impacts would be considered potentially significant and mitigation measures are required. Nonetheless, even with mitigation, impacts to air quality are potentially significant and unavoidable.
Global Warming and Climate Change (Section 3.4)
Implementation of the proposed General Plan and Area Plan would increase GHG (Green House Gas) emissions over existing conditions. While General Plan and Area Plan policies would reduce GHG emissions, potential impacts on climate change from implementation of the proposed General Plan and Area Plan would be potentially significant and unavoidable after mitigation given the increase in emissions.
Agricultural Resources (Section 3.5)
Open space preservation would be protected with implementation of Goal LU 1, Objective LU 1.1,Policy LU 1.1.7, Goal CO 10, Objective CO 10.1 and Policy CO 10.1.9. The potential loss of Important Farmland, while small in acreage, is not consistent with Policy CO 10.1.9, which promotes the preservation of agricultural lands to provide carbon sequestration benefits. Implementation of the Land Use Policy Map would also have a significant impact on agricultural land because it would convert some of the Important Farmlands within the City’s boundaries to urban-based land uses (Policy LU 1.1.7).Biological Resources (Section 3.7)
The proposed goals, objectives, and policies do not provide a mechanism for the compensation of lost habitats when avoidance or minimization of impacts is considered to be infeasible, nor do they mitigate for the direct mortality of individuals of listed, proposed, or candidate species. In conjunction with the proposed General Plan policies, mitigation measures MM 3.7-1 through 3.7-3 are proposed to reduce these impacts. However, special-status species are dependent on a variety of habitat types, including non-sensitive annual grassland and various common scrub and chaparral types, and habitat loss of these types would therefore not be compensated for under MM 3.7-3. Thus, the conversion of all types of currently undeveloped wildlife habitat to Residential, Commercial and Industrial uses permitted under the General Plan would result in impacts to special-status species that will remain significant at the plan level. The proposed goals, objectives, and policies do not provide for the compensation of lost wildlife movement opportunities or nursery sites when avoidance or minimization of impacts is considered to be infeasible. Loss of connectivity between the two units of the Angeles National Forest could not beWater Services (Section 3.13)
compensated for since the intervening habitats would be the only ones which could provide the necessary avenues of exchange. Therefore, this potential loss could not be adequately mitigated, and the impact of development would remain significant in the event that avoidance of impacts on habitat linkages arising from said development is considered infeasible.
An adequate supply of water would be available to serve the portion of the OVOV Planning Area and within the CLWA service area boundary and the East Sub basin, and therefore, impacts would be less than significant. In areas outside the CLWA service area and the East Subbasin however, local groundwater supplies are not adequate to meet the needs of all existing residents due to the apparent over reliance on the groundwater deposits as evidenced by declining water levels and dry wells.
Consequently, local supplies would not be able to meet the needs of OVOV build out in this area and impacts would be significant after mitigation.
Utilities and Infrastructure – Solid Waste (Section 3.17)
The City’s Planning Area uses three landfills within or near the OVOV Planning Area. They include the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, Antelope Valley Landfill, and the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. Landfills throughout the state have permitted maximum capacities. In 2007, the amount of waste disposed by the City’s Planning Area was 163,000 tons or 5.62 pounds per capita per day. With the projected build out the estimated amount of waste disposed and generated by the City’s Planning Area, would be 233,267.9 tons per year. Nearby landfills are approaching full capacity for waste disposal and the projected amount of landfill capacity, for the City’s Planning Area, would be in a shortfall of 22,626 tons per day, six days per week in the year 2021. Therefore, the impacts from build out to the solid waste system would be
significant and unavoidable even with the incorporation of mitigation measures MM 3.17-1 through MM
Noise (Section 3.18)
This section describes the environmental noise conditions within the City’s Planning Area. The implementation of the proposed General Plan are designed to reduce construction source noise through development review and comment, adopted noise ordinances and code provisions, use of noise absorbing barriers, where appropriate, and regulating noise from construction activities near residential neighborhoods. Nonetheless, construction noise impacts under the proposed General Plan would be in
violation of Sections 11.44.040 and 11.44.070 of the City’s Noise Ordinance and a significant noise impact would occur. None of the proposed policies address vibration impacts. In the event that pile driving or other activity occurs in close proximity to another structure and continuous (or steady-state) vibration that exceeds 0.2 inch/second peak particle velocity (PPV) occurs on a project-by-project basis, a significant vibration impact would occur. It is not always possible to reduce construction noise impacts to below standards set forth in the City ordinances; therefore, short-term construction noise impacts are unavoidably significant for the duration of the construction activities. Short-term noise and vibration impacts from the pile driving would be unavoidably significant for the duration of the pile driving. While the City proposes noise policies to reduce impacts, operational noise impacts would exceed noise standards and would also be significant vibration impact would occur.
It is not always possible to reduce construction noise impacts to below standards set forth in the City ordinances; therefore, short-term construction noise impacts are unavoidably significant for the duration of the construction activities. Short-term noise and vibration impacts from the pile driving would be unavoidably significant for the duration of the pile driving. While the City proposes noise policies to reduce impacts, operational noise impacts would exceed noise standards and would also be significant and unavoidable.
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Jason Smisko, Sr.Planner ~ firstname.lastname@example.orgGet Involved and be a part of the solution! Let our City Officials know we will not accept over development in Santa Clarita!
Ken Pulskamp, City Manager~ email@example.com
CCC ~ Coregroup@calgrovecorridorcoalition.com