Bay City property EIR release rescheduled

The final draft of the Environmental Impact Report for the Bay City Partners’ proposed development project was supposed to be released

Friday, Feb. 25.

However, according to Seal Beach District 1 Councilwoman Ellery Deaton, the consultant asked for more time. The final draft EIR is now scheduled to be released Monday, April 2.

Bay City Partners have asked the city to change the specific plan for the property that once belonged to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Bay City Partners want to build residential housing on the property.

The Recreation and Parks Commission met Wednesday, Feb. 22, to look at Bay City Partner’s proposal for a 6.5-acre potential park site in Seal Beach’s Old Town area. However, Tim Kelsey, head of the Community Services Department, said the commissioners took no action on the proposed park. Kelsey said the commissioners wanted to wait until the final EIR for the entire Bay City Partners project is released.

The Bay City Partners’ proposal for the park includes eight potential facilities: a regulation soccer field, a junior soccer field, a Little League baseball field, off street parking, a tot lot, restrooms, a lawn and picnic area and a walkway to the San Gabriel River Bike Trail.

In a resent newsletter to her constituents, Deaton released a new schedule for the proposal to wind its way through city agencies:

The Environmental Quality Control Board will review the final EIR on Monday, April 16.

The DWP Advisory Committee will review the EIR and make a final recommendation for or against the project on Tuesday, April 17.

The Planning Commission will review the project and make a recommendation to the City Council on Wednesday, May 2.

The City Council is scheduled to hold public hearings on the project on June 11 and June 25.

All meetings will be held in the City Council chambers. Only the Planning Commission and City Council meetings will be broadcast on TV and recorded on video.