Banning Ranch Study Session(AMENDED!)
CORRECTION! The Banning Ranch Meeting scheduled today has been moved to the CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS from the EOC to accommodate a large crowd.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 there will be a joint study session for the Costa Mesa City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission. As usual for study sessions, this is an informational meeting and the City Council can take no action. The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) adjacent to the Costa Mesa Police Headquarters at 99 Fair Drive.
PUBLIC IS INVITED
The meeting will be devoted to a discussion of the Newport Banning Ranch Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and the public is invited to attend and comment. Time has been allotted for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.
AGENDA IS OPTIMISTIC
The agenda is optimistic considering the brief time scheduled. Here is the schedule as presented in the recent announcement:
1. Introduction - City of Costa Mesa CEO
2. Overview - City of Newport Beach
3. Newport Banning Ranch Team
4. Costa Mesa City Staff
5. Council Questions
6. Banning Ranch Conservancy
7. Council Questions
8. Final Comments - Newport Banning Ranch Team
IN A NUTSHELL
Briefly, the Newport Banning Ranch Project consists of 401 acres and the project proposal includes 1,375 residential dwelling units; 75,000 square feet of commercial uses and a 75-room resort inn. Approximately 51.4 gross acres are proposed for active and passive park uses, including a 26.8 gross acre public Community Park. Approximately 252.3 gross acres of the 401 acre site are proposed for natural resources protection in the form of open space.
TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC AND MORE TRAFFIC
The controversy in Costa Mesa deals with the anticipated increase in vehicular traffic throughout the Westside of the city via the planned Bluff Road. It is expected that this traffic will put even more pressure on the already-beleaguered Newport Blvd,/19th Street intersection at the terminus of the 55 Freeway. This project has also ripped open the scab of a possible 19th Street Bridge over the Santa Ana River into Huntington Beach - a project long fought by Costa Mesa.
COME EARLY FOR A SEAT
Because the Emergency Operations Center is a fairly small venue, those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early to insure having a seat. Although it is only schedule for 90 minutes, the agenda report specifies 3 minutes for each speaker and no limit has been given for the number of speakers to be permitted.
CMTV TO RECORD THIS EVENT
Costa Mesa Television will be in attendance and will record the meeting for later viewing on Time Warner Cable Channel 24 and ATT U-verse Channel 99, plus it will be available for viewing via streaming video on the City web site.
THIS IS THE PLAN...
The following image is a plan for this development. Click on the image to expand.
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