Public Comments Regarding West Coyote Hills Specific Plan Amendment April 22, 2003
- Concern & support for a public equestrian center
- Concern with the project's impacts on schools
- Schools are already overcrowded, project will exacerbate situation
- New school construction is very costly
- Habitat and wildlife concerns
- Need to preserve wildlife diversity
- Concern that the project open space does not provide adequate area for habitat
- How will wildlife and habitat be protected during construction?
- Open space
- Intrinsic value of open space
- Development will make open space, including the Nature Preserve, accessible to public
- When discussing open space it is important to note what will be developed (for recreation purposes) vs. that which remains in a natural state
- Define the term "natural area"
- Clarify terms: "Habitat Restoration", "Active Management", "Vegetation Removal" & "Re-vegetation" with respect to the claim that much of the property will be kept in a natural condition
- Project will have a negative fiscal impact on the City
- "Legacy Value" vs. "Asset Value" - The City should consider the property in terms of its value to current and future generations of Fullerton residents as opposed to its value as a commodity to be sold by the developer
- Concerns with EIR process:
- Because Developer contracts directly with EIR consultant, EIR is biased in favor of development
- City should Contract directly with the EIR consultant
- City does not provide adequate review of EIR's
- Concern with pollution generated by project (greenhouse effect)
- Project will generate traffic that will impact the surrounding area
- Water is a scarce resource; City must prove that there is an adequate water supply
- Desire for natural trails rather than engineered trails
- Trails should be located away from roadways
- Will there be further opportunities for public participation in review and approval process?
- Consider infrastructure deficiencies; water, drainage, etc.