City Reviews Comments on Village South Specific Plan
On September 3, 2019, the City closed the comment period for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Village South Specific Plan. The City received comments from 66 individuals, agencies, and community organizations. The comments covered numerous areas of concern including the housing density, building scale, traffic and parking impacts, impact on resources and infrastructure, sustainability, and historic preservation.
City staff and the City’s consultant, Sargent Town Planning, have reviewed the content of the public comments. Based on the comments, the City directed Sargent Town Planning to revise the maximum housing unit numbers to be consistent with the VSSP Guiding Principles. The EIR will study the impacts of housing mixes ranging between 800-900 units. This maximum range will be used for the environmental study and does not dictate the number in the final Specific Plan or that may be built by a developer. Multiple land use alternatives and scenarios will be included in the Draft EIR.
The City anticipates the EIR study will take approximately six months to complete. Once a draft EIR is completed, the public will have 45 days to comment on the study. Over the next nine months, City staff and Sargent Town Planning will continue to draft the Specific Plan document. Chapters 1-4 containing building development standards will be released to the public in October. Commission review and public meetings on the draft plan will begin in January/February 2020.
A Specific Plan is a planning document that sets forth a community vision for a specific area. New development in the plan area must be consistent with the planning policies and development standards in the specific plan. While a specific plan may streamline the process for a developer, all new development proposed for the area is still subject to the City’s review and approval process. This process includes public hearings and review by City Commissions and City Council.