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| Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan (Proposed)|Application No. Y11-056 (Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan) and
Application No. Y12-071 ("The Orchards" development proposal)
|Applicant: ||Deborah Karbo |
Property Development Centers LLC
5918 Stoneridge Mall Rd.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
|Staff: ||Ethan Bindernagel, Sr. Planner |
T: 925.943.5899 x2250
|Owner: ||Safeway Stores 71, Inc. |
1371 Oakland Bl, Suite 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
|Staff: ||Laura Simpson, Principal Planner |
T: 925.943.5899 x2236
Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Report
The following Notice of Availability ("NOA") was filed with the Contra Costa County Clerk in Martinez, and the State Clearinghouse in Sacramento. The 45-day public review of the Draft EIR extends from Monday, January 6, 2014 to Thursday, February 20, 2014. Written comments on the DEIR must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
• Notice of Availability, filed Monday, January 6, 2014
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)A hard copy of the DEIR is on file with the Community Development Department at City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street, Second Floor, Walnut Creek, and available for review during regular business hours, Mon-Thu, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.
The DEIR was filed with the State Clearinghouse in Sacramento on Monday, January 6, 2014, and was assigned the following State Clearinghouse number: 2013062040.
[Please note: In order to facilitate online access to the 604-page DEIR, City staff has posted a low-resolution version of document on this site. The lo-res setting may slightly compromise print quality. However, hard copies of the DEIR are available at the following locations: a) 2nd Floor of City Hall - 1666 N. Main Street; b) Walnut Creek Library - 1644 N. Broadway; c) Ygnacio Valley Library - 2661 Oak Grove Road.]
• Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (Appendices linked separately below)
• Appendix A - Notice of Preparation and Comments
• Appendix B - Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
• Appendix C - Biological Resources
• Appendix D - Cultural Resources
• Appendix E - Geotechnical
• Appendix F - Hazards & Hazardous Materials
• Appendix G - Hydrology & Water Quality
• Appendix H - Noise
• Appendix I - Public Services
• Appendix J - Traffic
• Appendix K - Urban Decay
• Appendix L - Final Draft Specific Plan (provided below)
Comments may be made in writing and may be mailed to:
Ethan Bindernagel, Senior Planner
City of Walnut Creek, Planning Division
1666 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Or you may send written comments via email to Bindernagel@walnut-creek.org.
All written comments on the DEIR must be received prior to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
After all comments have been received, a Final EIR will be prepared, the Planning Commission will consider the information in the EIR and make a recommendation to the City Council, and the City Council will consider certification of the Final EIR and make a decision on the Project at a public hearing, the dates of which are yet to be determined. Separate public notice of those hearings will be provided at a later date.
If you decide to challenge in court the environmental document or other actions of the City pertaining to the Project, you may be limited to raising only those issues addressed at the public hearings described above or in written correspondence received by the City of Walnut Creek, Community Development Department at or prior to those hearings. For further information please contact Ethan Bindernagel, Senior Planner at (925) 943-5899 x2250, or via email at Bindernagel@walnut-creek.org.
Final Public Draft of the Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan
[Please note that City staff has broken the document into 7 parts -- one PDF for each chapter (1-6), and one PDF for the appendices -- to facilitate downloading and viewing online.]
• Chapter 1 - Introduction and Background
• Chapter 2 - Vision
• Chapter 3 - Land Use, Development Policies and Design Guidlines
• Chapter 4 - Transportation
• Chapter 5 - Public Infrastructure and Services
• Chapter 6 - Implementation
Revised Concept Plans for "The Orchards at Walnut Creek"
Please note that, given the overly large size of the electronic file, a PDF of the revised site plans for "The Orchards at Walnut Creek" development proposal is not available online. However, a copy of those plans are available for viewing on the 2nd Floor of City Hall with the Planning Division. Similarly, a copy of "The Orchards" proposal will be available for viewing at each of the study sessions in June and July. City staff apologizes for the inconvenience.
Notice of Public Hearings
There are no public hearings currently scheduled for the Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan or "The Orchards at Walnut Creek" development proposal.
Economic Analysis Documents
The following documents comprise the economic analysis performed prior to the completion of an urban decay analysis, as provided in Appendix K of the Draft Environmental Report. BAE urban economics was the City's economics consultant who produced the initial market demand analysis for the Specific Plan. The City then commissioned a peer review with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to critique the initial report. BAE was then provided an opportunity to respond to that peer review. The final document is a memo from the City's Economic Develompent Manager, Ron Gerber, to the Planning Commission regarding the potential impacts of development on the 25-acre Plan Area.
• BAE Market Demand Study
• EPS Peer Review of Market Demand Study
• BAE Response to EPS Peer Review
• City Memo to Planning Commission re: Potential Market Impact of Proposed Retail at Shadelands
Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan FAQs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs): FAQs about Specific Plan and FAQs about Traffic (only)
SHADELANDS GATEWAY SPECIFIC PLAN: Revised Planning Principles
|Advisory Committee Members |
|Committee Co-Chairs ||Bob Simmons, Mayor ||Applicant ||Deb Karbo, Property Development Centers |
| ||Kish Rajan, Mayor Pro Tem ||Business Park Representative ||Michael Monaldo, John Muir Health |
|Planning Commission ||Bob Pickett ||Local Business Owner ||Rocco Biale, Rocco's Pizzeria |
|Design Review Commission ||David Crawford ||Residents ||Ted Angus, At-Large |
|Transportation Commission ||Kevin Wilk || ||Eric Harrison, Northgate |
| || || ||Ed Wohlers, The Woodlands |
Advisory Committee Public Meeting Dates
Specific Plan History:
In April 2011, the City Council discussed, among other topics, current economic conditions in the Shadelands Business Park. Council members acknowledged that there are currently several successful, valuable businesses within the Shadelands, but pondered future alternative land uses that might revitalize the business park to make it a more competitive economic development engine and a force within the commercial real estate market. Council members discussed alternatives to the permitted uses within the Business Park for the Safeway site, including but not limited to, senior housing or residential care facilities, educational institutions, medical offices, and a large grocery store complex.
In May 2011, Safeway Stores Inc., as the owner and applicant, submitted a Pre-Application request for the City Council to consider an amendment of the existing General Plan land use designation (GPA) from Business Park (BP) to General Retail (G-R). A GPA would be required to allow the site to be rezoned to one or more compliant retail zoning districts, which would permit construction of a variety of retail uses on all or a portion of the site. The applicant filed the Pre-Application request to determine if the City Council believes the time is right to consider/study possible development of non-business park related land uses on this site.
On August 2, 2011, the City Council reviewed a pre-application for a GPA filed by Property Development Centers (PDC), and endorsed the idea of processing a GPA through the creation of a specific plan. Given the site’s prominent location and the opportunity presented, one of the Council’s intended goals was to ensure the process is inclusive and participatory so that the project incorporates the public’s vision for a future use(s) at this prominent corner identified in General Plan 2025 as a gateway to the City. The City Council also expressed a goal of balancing the needs of the community with those of the applicant in order to create a viable, competitive vision for the future of the 25-acre area. The Council reiterated its commitment to an inclusive public process, one in which the interests of all parties may be expressed, considered, and vetted through an open, public dialogue.