Environmental Impacts
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
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(Revised Draft EIR – July 3, 2001)

Traffic

·        The project would add an estimated 6,378 auto trips per day in and out of the project.

·        The project would increase traffic congestion or delays at key intersections including Pennsylvania and the 210 Freeway, La Crescenta Avenue and the 210 Freeway, La Crescenta Avenue and Oakmont View Drive, Verdugo Road and Mountain Street, Glendale Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard, and the southbound ramps of the Glendale Freeway.

·        The project would increase traffic congestion or delays along roadways near the site including Country Club Drive north of Greenmont Drive, Oakmont View Drive west of La Crescenta Avenue, and Oakmont View Drive west of Barnes Circle.  This would be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

Schools

·        The proposed project would add an estimated 200 students to the enrollments at John C. Fremont Elementary, Rosemont Middle School, and Crescenta Valley High School to 128%, 113%, and 90% respectively.

·        Glendale Unified School District states that “because all of our schools are either at or currently exceed their designed capacity, without additional school sites, the construction of homes in the Oakmont or surrounding area would have a significant and adverse impact on the District.”

 

Air Quality

·        Construction-related emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen and Reactive Organic Compounds are found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Operation-related emissions exceed South Coast Air Quality Management District thresholds and is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Dust and diesel emissions would continue for up to 12 years given the possible time the project will be under construction. 

 

Recreation

·        The loss of recreational open space is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

Noise

·        Noise from grading and building is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Vibration from grading is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Airblast and vibration from blasting are found to be Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impacts. 

·        Increased traffic noise on surrounding neighborhoods is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

Biological Resources

·        Loss of locally protected Coast Live Oak, California Bay Laurel, and Western Sycamore trees onsite is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of sensitive Southern Coast Live Oak Riparian Forest onsite is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of Special Status plants (such as Nevin’s Barberry and Plummer’s Mariposa Lily) is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of a portion of a County-designated Significant Ecological Area is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of Wetlands and Waters of the United States (the blue-line stream) is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of San Diego Horned Lizard is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Interference with movement of wildlife species and with wildlife corridors is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Loss of wildlife due to human interaction and removal by authorities is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Death or injury to sensitive wildlife species outside the footprint of the project due to the implementation of the Project Fuel Modification Plan is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

Land Use

·        Design aspects of the proposed project substantially deviate from the city’s current subdivision and development regulations.  The project would conflict with policies of the General Plan’s Land Use, Recreation, Open Space and Conversation elements.  This is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        The project will conflict with land uses at Camp Max Straus in that it will restrict current camp programs by adversely affect the Camp’s rural/wilderness character.  This is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

  Earth Resources

·        Slope instability due to extensive use of 1:1 cut slopes is deemed a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        The necessity for blasting to remove bedrock  could damage surrounding structures through ground and air vibrations and is considered a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact

·        Other Significant Impacts include ground shaking, liquefaction, debris flows, rockfalls, hydroconsolidation, and the settlement of fill areas.

 

Visual Resources

·        Mass grading of the site including removing of a majority of the natural vegetation, filling the canyons, and cutting the ridgelines would result in a loss of existing visual resources and is found to be an a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Change of character as seen from view corridors is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        The loss of the visual resources represented by the site’s trees, the blue-line stream, and several prominent ridgelines is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

·        Increased Light and Glare is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

Public Utilities

·        The design of the water delivery system for the proposed project cannot adequately supply water to future residents of the site for domestic use or fire protection.

 

Public Safety

·        The increase in population associated with residential development at the site would result in a significant impact to police protection services.

·        The Glendale Fire Department has indicated that due to limited access to the project their emergency response time goal of 5 minutes can not be met.

·        The Glendale Police Department has indicated that the streets going into and out of the project are inadequate for emergency evacuation considering the size of the project.

·        No new police or fire facilities are proposed.

 

Archeological Resources

·        The potential for the project to damage or destroy a natural setting that strongly contributes to the well-being of the people of the City of Glendale is found to be a Significant Unavoidable Adverse Impact.

 

 

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