NOTICE OF COMPLETION/NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY FOR A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
September 24, 2003
Agencies, Organizations, and Interested Persons
NOTICE OF COMPLETION/AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT - WEST COYOTE HILLS SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT/ROBERT E. WARD NATURE PRESERVE
The City of Fullerton has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the West Coyote Hills Specific Plan Amendment/Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve project. The 45-day public review and comment period runs from September 29, 2003 through November 13, 2003.
The applicant, Pacific Coast Homes (PCH), is proposing an amendment to the Coyote Hills West Master Specific Plan 2-A that would permit the type of development proposed by the applicant and to update the development standards for the subject property that were adopted more than 25 years ago. The proposed project includes the approval of several discretionary actions listed below:
General Plan Amendment (Open Space and Circulation Elements)
Zone Change (from "Oil and Gas" to "Specific Plan District")
Specific Plan District (SPD)
Specific Plan Amendment
Subdivision Map (i.e., Tentative Tract Map)
Certification of the EIR
Approval of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
A maximum of 760 dwelling units (consisting of a combination of residential estates, single-family attached and single-family detached residential units) is proposed in an area encompassing 177.7 acres within the West Coyote Hills Specific Plan. Other components of the West Coyote Hills Specific Plan include a 17.1-acre public use site; a 5.2-acre neighborhood commercial development area; and open space and recreational amenities on 279.4 acres. Circulation improvements comprise 29.3 acres (approximately five percent) of the total project site. The overall site includes a total of 582 acres.
In addition to the Specific Plan Amendment proposed by PCH, the City of Fullerton is also proposing improvements to the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. Potential improvements proposed by the City of Fullerton for this 72.3-acre property include a small parking area, restrooms and interpretive center, creation of a low fuel zone around the area, a trail maintenance program, interpretive signage along existing paths, and some coastal sage scrub restoration in disturbed areas.
The overall site, including the project area and Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve, includes a total of 582 acres.
The City of Fullerton directed preparation of the Draft EIR to comply with requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is the Lead Agency. The Draft EIR is a "project EIR" as provided for by Section 15161 of the State CEQA Guidelines. Keeton Kreitzer Consulting, of Tustin, CA, prepared the Draft EIR.
Copies of the Draft EIR are available for review at the following locations:
City of Fullerton * Development Services Dept. 303 West Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832-1775
Fullerton Public Library - Main Branch Reference Desk 353 West Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832-1775
Fullerton Public Library - Hunt Branch 201 S. Basque Avenue Fullerton, CA 92833
You may also obtain copies of the Draft EIR at the Development Services Department. Paper copies will be available for purchase at a fee equal to the printing cost. Digital copies will be available at no charge. A limited number of copies will be available for loan.
The City will accept written comments on the Draft EIR until 5:00 p.m. November 13, 2003. Comments should be addressed or delivered to:
Ms. Melanie Mullis, Senior Planner Development Services Department City of Fullerton 303 West Commonwealth Avenue Fullerton, CA 92832