Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report - Claremont Village South Specific Plan
This is the formal start of the EIR process and includes notice of the time period for providing initial comments regarding information that should be considered by the City’s environmental consultant as they review the potential impacts of the project or project alternatives. The primary purpose of the NOP is to solicit comments by the end of the initial comment period (September 3, 2019). The City’s Environmental Consultant will hold an informational meeting to provide information regarding VSSP and EIR process and to receive comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental analysis. The public meeting was held on Monday, July 29, 2019.
EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation
NOP Review and Comment Period:
Comment Period Deadline Extended to September 3, 2019
The NOP review and comment period is from Monday, July 22, 2019, through Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Due to the time limits mandated by State law, please send your written response at the earliest possible date.. In your response, please include the name of a contact person in your agency. Please direct your written comments to:
Mail: City of Claremont, 207 Harvard Avenue Claremont, CA 91711 Attn: Christopher Veirs, Principal Planner
The City will consider all written comments regarding the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIR. Written comments must be submitted by 4:00 PM, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
For more information on the VSSP or the EIR process, please feel free to contact Principal Planner Christopher Veirs at (909) 399-5486 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 29, 2019 Neighborhood Meeting
City staff and the consultant provided a progress update, summarized the draft specific plan, and outlined the City's review process at neighborhood meeting held on Monday, April 29, 2019.
City Approves Guiding Principles for Village South Specific Plan
The City is moving forward on the Village South Specific Plan, a community vision for the area south of the railroad tracks along Indian Hill Boulevard. After a series of public input meetings, City staff and Sargent Town Planning drafted a set of Goals and Principles and presented them to City commissions and the City Council. On June 12, 2018, the City Council approved the Goals and Guiding Principles that will be used to prepare the draft Village South Specific Plan. Seven goals were approved that articulate the community’s vision for the area including the shape of the development, mix of housing and retail, diversity of housing, size and massing of the buildings, pedestrian and bike mobility through the area, and continuity of the Village character.
The Council also approved ten Guiding Principles to further assist in developing the plan:
1. Vital mix of uses
2. Complete streets
3. Human scale urban design
4. Walkable block structure
5. Village scale architecture
6. Pedestrian-oriented building frontages
7. Strong local landscape
8. Shared parking
9. Sustainable design
10. Community health
Using the Goals and Principles, Sargent Town Planning is drafting the Specific Plan and will conduct environmental review of the proposed plan this fall. This process is anticipated to take several months.
July 15, 2017 Public Workshop
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the City held its first public workshop to solicit public input on the Village South Specific Plan. The event was attended by over 50 citizens and produced many thoughtful comments regarding the project. The program began with an introduction by City staff and the lead consultant on the project, David Sargent of Sargent Town Planners. It included background on the project, early observations about the project area, and some potential planning and urban design options. Attendees were then divided into small working groups to develop and prioritize their ideas for the project with results then shared with the entire group. These suggestions will be summarized at future meetings regarding the project. Presentation slides from the workshop are attached below.
Photos from July 15, 2017 Public Workshop: