The new supplemental analyses include a Health Risk Assessment (HRA); Updated Air Quality Analysis; Greenhouse Gas Analysis; and Energy Resources Analysis. With the supplemental analyses now complete, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City is circulating the additional environmental analyses as well as the previously circulated Economic Impact Analysis for public comment.
Conclusions of the Additional Analyses: There are findings in four areas. A health risk assessment noted that impacts due to exposure to toxic air contaminants are less than significant. An updated air quality/pollutant emissions analysis identified that construction emissions changed from less than significant to less than significant with mitigation while operations emissions changed from significant and unavoidable to less than significant. A greenhouse gas analysis determined the project would have no significant effect on the environment. Construction energy impacts are less than significant, and projects within the EDZ would incorporate energy saving features that will further reduce energy impacts.
The 45-day public comment period will end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019. All public comments should be sent in writing or via email to:
Eric Luchini, Associate Planner, City of Pleasanton Planning Division, P.O. Box 520, Pleasanton, CA 94566-0802, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subsequent to the public comment period and consideration of and response to any comments as required by CEQA, City staff intends to schedule the EDZ project for reconsideration by the Planning Commission and City Council in Fall of 2019.
Background Information: The Johnson Drive Economic Development Zone (EDZ) is a proposal to spur investment in 40-acres of mostly under-utilized or vacant land situated along Johnson Drive near I-680 and Stoneridge Drive. The goal of the EDZ is to transform the area into a thriving commercial corridor that capitalizes on its location at the intersection of the I-580 and I-680 freeways; and create opportunities for new uses and services in the community, generating new tax revenue to support City services and programs without increasing anyone's taxes by broadening the City's economic activities. City Council approved the EDZ on November 7, 2017, which included certification of the environmental and economic analysis, amendment of the City’s General Plan, rezoning of the properties to allow an expanded set of uses, and adoption of development standards and design guidelines for the project area. Later, on April 17, 2018, the City Council adopted the EDZ Transportation fee to recoup costs for transportation infrastructure from future development in the
In December 2017, a group of citizens filed a lawsuit challenging the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document certified for the project. Two allegations were made – insufficient information was provided regarding air quality effects of the EDZ on the Stoneridge Apartment Complex on Stoneridge Mall Road; and more time was needed for public consideration of the economic impact analysis. In September 2018, the City Council voted to rescind the EDZ approvals in order to perform supplemental air quality analysis for the EDZ project.
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