Below is the text of a notice from the city which has been sent to some people by mail, and posted on some utility/light poles in the neighborhood, as of Feb 23, 2005.  Some formatting has been applied to the text to make it more readable.

This has to do with the environmental impact of the project on such things as noise, water, air, and light pollution, crime, plants & wildlife, both on the project site and in adjacent areas (that's us).  This notice means that the city has done an "initial study" which identified a few potentially significant impacts, but has also identified mitigation measures to make them insignificant.   Therefore, it says, a full environmental impact report is not necessary.   The "Negative Declaration With Mitigation Measures"  document must detail the analysis done in the initial study and what the mitigation measures are.   Perhaps as late as March 9, the city put up a web page for posting Ice Rink project information.  Included on that page was the original Initial Study document and a note that it was also now available at Hastings branch library

After the public comment period, where comments can be submitted in writing, a final version of the document is prepared for the city to adopt.  There should be a public hearing when the document is considered for adoption by the City Council.


If the document is wrong or incomplete, that needs to be formally brought to the attention of the city before the document is adopted, either in writing or at the public hearing.

Here are comments and questions about the document and project prepared in response to the notice.


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CITY OF PASADENA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION
WITH MITIGATION MEASURES

PROPERTY INFORMATION

APPLICANT NAME:    City of Pasadena

PROJECT SITE ADDRESS:    City-owned Property north of Alameda Street and Foothill Boulevard, east of Eaton Wash and Los Angeles County Flood Control Channel, south of Eaton Wash Park along Orange Grove Boulevard.

ZONING DISTRICT:    (OS) Open Space

GENERAL PLAN DESIGNATION: Open Space

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The proposed project involves the construction of a

Access to the on-site parking is via an existing driveway on Foothill Boulevard (which currently serves the PCC
Community Education Center located southeast of the Project site) and through the existing PCC parking areas.

The Facility would contain

Other amenities include a

The vacant Project site is located on City-owned property within the Eaton Wash area in the northeasterly quadrant of the City of Pasadena. The site is comprised of dedicated parkland located in a fully developed urban area, just north of Alameda Street. Land uses adjacent to the site include the proposed Eaton Wash Park and Off-Leash Dog Park along Orange Grove Boulevard to the north; Southern California Edison (SCE)-owned property and single-family residential to the east; City-owned vacant property, T.M. Goodrich Power Substation, and Pasadena City College Community (PCC) Education Center along Foothill Boulevard to the south; Los Angeles County Flood Control Channel, settling basins of Eaton Wash, and single-family residential to the west. City-owned property to the north and south of the Project site and the SCE-owned property to the east have been used for the storage of boxed trees by a nursery for the past several years.

APPROVALS NEEDED:

Dates for approvals will be publicly noticed when the hearing dates are determined.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION

An Initial Environmental Study recommending a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared.
Possible impacts identified in the Initial Study include

Geology/Soils,
Hazards and Hazardous Materials, and
Noise.

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD

Comments on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration may be received in
writing between February 22 and March 14, 2005
and orally at public hearings or meetings considering these documents.

Written comments should be sent to:

Brian M. Yanuaria
Development Division
Chambers Building, 2nd floor
117 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105-1918.

If you wish to challenge the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration in court, you may be limited to raising those issues that you or someone else raised at any public hearing or meetings where these documents were considered.

AVAILABILITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION

The draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration may be viewed at

The Permit Center
175 North Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, California 91109

between the hours of
8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday - Thursday, and
between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Fridays.

The documents may also be viewed at the following locations:

Central Library City
285 E. Walnut St.

Linda Vista Branch Library
1281 Bryant Street

Clerk's Office,  Pasadena City Hall
100 North Garfield Avenue Room 247
(Note, this is wrong. The clerk's office has relocated while city hall is closed)

For additional information contact:

Brian M. Yanuaria, Planning and Development (626) 744-4660.