Colton
CA

Agenda Item
1523

TIME AND PLACE FIXED TO CONSIDER A PUBLIC HEARING TO APPROVE AND ADOPT MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND MITIGATING MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE PROPOSED COLTON COMMUNITY SOCCER PARK, RESOLUTION NO. R-89-19.

Information

Department:Community Services DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Public Hearing

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Exhibit A - Colton Park IS-MND - August 28, 2019
  3. Exhibit B - Colton Park MMRP-101419
  4. Exhibit C - Comment Letters Received
  5. Exhibit D - Colton RTC Memo-101419
  6. R-89-19 Colton Community Park MND (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

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BACKGROUND

 

City Council, the Recreation & Parks Commission, and City Staff have identified the need for a regional soccer complex and community park within Colton to meet the growing needs of the community.  Currently, the City of Colton does not own a single soccer or football field to serve its community of over 53,000 residents.  The current youth soccer and football clientele, which numbers well over 1,000 participants, utilizes school district fields, which are few in number, and difficult to maintain due to the demand for use, as the result of a lack of alternatives.  The Colton Community Soccer Park will provide a primary location to facilitate usage by all of these participants, and ease the overuse of school district facilities, allowing better playing conditions for school sports.

 

The proposed Colton Community Soccer Park will provide a safe, well-maintained park, containing sports facilities geared toward soccer and football experiences for Colton family members of all ages.  The proposed park site is located within the City of Colton accessible via Congress Street, and close to Veterans Park and adjacent to the Santa Ana River and the Santa Ana River Trail. The proposed site encompasses several parcels of land (just under 40 acres), which are owned by the City.  In order to make decisions on potential development options, funding options, and allocation of City resources for the project, in 2014 the City retained Integrated Consulting Group (ICG) to prepare a conceptual design of the proposed site and prepare a development strategy report. 

 

In the spring of 2016, the City retained ICG to provide the next phase of the feasibility study regarding the Colton Soccer Complex.  In 2016, ICG, provided the first phase of studies including determining what environmental issues existed and the potential impact, along studies to address the CEQA categories of hydrology, geology and hazardous materials, air quality/greenhouse gas, biological resources, cultural resources, traffic and circulation and noise.  A secondary conceptual site plan was designed based on the results of the studies, which was approved by City Council on October 18, 2016. 

 

In May of 2018, an updated concept plan was approved by City Council which was redesigned to avoid mitigation costs for the woolly-star and mammal species and be compatible with future Santa Ana River Retention Pond and the Environmental Habitat Conservation Area.  It also addresses approved mitigation of the Guyaux Landfill area by positioning a parking lot over the landfill area.  At the same meeting, $200,000 was appropriated for the next phase of the project.

 

In November 2018, PSOMAS was awarded the Contract for the Coordination & Processing of the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Colton Soccer Complex.  Over the past 11 months, work has been numerous studies were conducted in order to prepare an initial study to address environmental concerns.  

 

 

ISSUES/ANALYSIS

 

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) (Cal. Pub. Res. Code §21000 et seq.) and the State Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) (14 Cal. Code Regs. §15000 et seq.), PSOMAS and City staff prepared an Initial Study of the potential environmental effects of the approval of the Project as described in the Initial Study. Based upon the findings contained in that Study, it is  determined that, with the incorporation of mitigation measures, there are no substantial evidence that the Project could have a significant effect on the environment and a Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”) was prepared in full compliance with CEQA, see attached Exhibit A.  Along with the IS/MND, the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (“MMRP”), attached as Exhibit “B,” has been drafted in compliance with CEQA. 

 

Thereafter, City staff provided public notice of the public comment period and of the intent to adopt the MND as required by law. The public comment period commenced on August 28, 2019 and expired on September 27, 2019. Copies of the documents have been available for public review and inspection on the city’s website and at the Colton City Hall, 650 N. La Cadena Drive, Colton California 92324. The City received six comments during the public review period, those letters and response can be found attached in Exhibits C & D. 

 

Appropriate agencies and interested members of the public were afforded ample notice and opportunity to comment on the MND and the project, therefore staff recommends that City Council approved Resolution No. R-89-19 adopting the MND and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Project.

 

FISCAL IMPACTS

 

No impact.

 

 

ALTERNATIVES

 

1.                   Provide alternative direction to staff.