Tuesday: Council/Planning Commission to consider East Gateway Project
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula City Council
Published: January 18, 2013
The City Council and Planning Commission will have a rare joint meeting Tuesday to consider taking the steps to annexation and eventual development of East Area 2/East Gateway Project.
Due to the Dr. Martin Luther King observance holiday, the meeting will be held Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. The session will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Channel 10 and replayed per schedule. The meeting will also be live-streamed on the city’s website and archived for viewing on demand.
The meeting will center almost exclusively on the so-called East Gateway Project within the 94.5-acre East Area 2 planning area. The 36.5-acre East Gateway Project - considered, according to the staff report, a “critical component” of East Area 2 vitality - is generally located south of Highway 126 and east of Hallock Drive.
The specific plan for a portion of the property would permit a regional shopping center consisting of 360,000 square-feet of commercial, office and light industrial space on existing vacant land. The specific plan also establishes development and design standards, as well as a flexible framework of supportive circulation and infrastructure.
The East Gateway also calls for the construction of on- and off-site improvements ranging from water conveyance, maintaining three irrigation wells along the southern boundary, sewer and storm water conveyance and detention.
The joint body will be asked to approve a slew of documents to move the project forward: the final Environmental Impact Report, General Plan amendments, a water supply assessment, conditions of approval, pre-zoning, a development agreement and annexation of the property into the city. Approval of latter would trigger an application being filed with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) to initiate annexation proceedings.
City Hall is located at 970 E. Ventura Street. For more information call 933-4208.