The long-awaited draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the West Coyote Hills Specific Plan will be available for public review beginning Monday, Sept. 29.
Copies of the document, prepared by Keeton Kreitzer Consulting of Tustin, will be available for review in the Development Services Department located on the second floor of Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Copies will also be available for review at the Fullerton Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth, and the Hunt Branch Library, 201 S. Basque Ave. In addition, the report will be converted to PDF format and placed on the City's website, www.ci.fullerton.ca.us.
The public will have 45 days - until 5 p.m. Nov. 13 - to review and comment on the document. Comments are to be submitted to the attention of Senior Planner Melanie Mullis, in care of the Development Services Department.
The 582-acre West Coyote Hills site is bounded on the north by La Habra, on the east by Euclid Street, on the west by the new Hawks Pointe community, and on the south by Rosecrans Avenue. Gilbert Street divides the property from north to south.
Developer Pacific Coast Homes proposes to build a maximum of 760 housing units in an approximate 177-acre portion of the area. Other components of the West Coyote Hills Specific Plan include a 17.1-acre public use site; a 5.2-acre neighborhood commercial development; and open space and recreational uses on 279.4 acres. Road improvements comprise another 29.3 acres.
In addition, the City of Fullerton is proposing improvements to the existing 72.3-acre Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. Improvements being considered include an interpretive center, restrooms, trails and interpretive signage, a small parking area, and restoration of some coastal sage ground cover. As proposed, these improvements will be funded by Pacific Coast Homes.
To proceed with its project, Pacific Coast Homes will need to obtain city approval of the following: amendments to the Open Space and Circulation elements of the city's General Plan; a change in zoning from "Oil and Gas" to ("Specific Plan District"); a Specific Plan District; a Specific Plan Amendment; a tentative tract map; a development agreement; certification of the EIR; and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.
The City of Fullerton directed preparation of the draft EIR to comply with requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act, and is the lead agency.
Printed copies of the draft EIR will be available for purchase in Development Services at a fee equal to the printing costs. In addition, CD ROM copies of the report will be available at no charge from Development Services.
Further information about the draft EIR may be obtained by calling Melanie Mullis at (714) 738-6837.