JAHP Community Meeting Debacle

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No this is not a local high school science fair exhibit.  This is the JAHP Community meeting arranged by the City about 20 minutes into the meeting after many attendees had departed highly frustrated at the poorly planned meeting.

Over 100 neighbors showed up at the scheduled meeting time to hear that there would be no presentation, no name tags on the “experts”, no introductions and no organization.  Just a free-all-with an “expert” in front of their poster boards.

This is not a criticism of the “experts” some of whom seemed to be very knowledgeable.  Just a criticism of the event planner and city management  who under estimated the interest in the project thinking the response would be slow and minimal like the two year LUCE effort open houses they have been holding.  As you can hear in the video below, it was almost impossible to have a conversation as the noise level in the room was terrible.

One meeting planner made the excuse that they had only received 45 RSVPs.  Gosh, we know that everyone always RSVPs.  And even 45 people would have stressed the facilities and layout.

We can only hope this this meeting was poorly planned because of mis-management and not a deliberate attempt to squelch information transfer and minimize opposition to the project.

Draft EIR Release

The draft of the Johnson Avenue Housing Project EIR will be released this week.  We just received the following notice from Pam Ricci, Senior Planner for the city.  We will post the Draft EIR as soon as we get a copy.

Important Dates:

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
For the Johnson Avenue Housing Project
(State Clearinghouse # 2012051022 & City Files: 56-08)

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Johnson Avenue Housing Project will be available for public review and comment on Friday, January 24, 2014. The applicant, San Luis Coastal Unified School District, has submitted planning applications to the City to develop an 88-unit high density residential complex on a 4.36-acre hillside property. A total of seven individual buildings would be constructed with a height ranging from three to four stories. The 88 total units would consist of 14 one-bedroom units and 74 two-bedroom units. Parking would be provided on-site in subterranean garages, with 174 residential stalls and 18 guest stalls. The proposed project would require a General Plan Amendment to amend the General Plan Land Use Map from Medium-Density Residential and Public to High-Density Residential. The project would also require a Rezoning to amend the Zoning Map from R-2 and PF to R-4 with a Planned Development (PD) overlay.

The EIR provides detailed information about the project and evaluates its potential adverse impacts on the environment. The EIR focuses on the environmental effects of the project in the following issue areas: aesthetics (visual resources), greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and transportation and traffic. The report is distributed to other governmental agencies for their comments and is used by City decision-makers in their review and consideration of the project. Reference copies of the EIR are available at the City-County Library at Palm and Osos Streets, at the Community Development Department in City Hall, at 919 Palm Street, and at the Cal Poly Library (Government Documents). Additional copies of the Draft EIR are available from the Community Development Department for a charge of $25 for a hard copy or $8 for a CD-Rom version. The document will also be available for review on the City’s website at http://www.slocity.org.

The required 45-day public review period for the EIR will extend from Friday, January 24, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014. Anyone interested in commenting on the report should submit a written statement to the City of San Luis Obispo, Community Development Department, 919 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3218, Attention: Pam Ricci, Senior Planner by 5:00 p.m. on March 10, 2014.

A public hearing on the Draft EIR is scheduled before the Planning Commission during the public review period on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss potential project impacts outlined in the EIR.

January 30th JAHP Meeting

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There will be a meeting on January 30th at the Adult School, Room H1, to discuss the Johnson Avenue Housing Project and Fixlini Neighborhood Traffic Management efforts. Interestingly, this meeting is being sponsored by the Public Works department, not the Community Development Department (Building Department). In discussion with Bryan Wheeler, Traffic Engineer for the City, he said that the meeting will discuss a variety of topics including recently completed traffic studies, mitigation efforts implemented for the Fixlini neighborhood and a presentation by the School District / Developer on the status of the JAHP project. He said that this was a preliminary meeting prior to the School District / Developer presenting to the Planning Commission in the very near future.

He said that there will be presentations and an open house session for discussion. There is not yet a written agenda, but I will post one as soon as it is available. When I asked about the EIR and the fact that we have received no communications from Community Development about the status of the EIR, he indicated that this meeting was planned to provide information about the status of the EIR and the project and for the Developer to obtain feedback from the neighborhood.

I find it interesting that this meeting is being held in this way and suggest that anyone interested in the project and its impact upon the neighborhood attend. I would love to see that the 100 plus households above Johnson are represented at this meeting to show the School District and the Developer that there is interest, concern and momentum opposing unwarranted and ridiculous development.
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