AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NO. 474 (EA-474), AND ADOPTING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 99-2 (GPA 99-2), ZONE CHANGE NO. 99-2 (ZC 99-2), AND ZONE TEXT AMENDMENT NO. 99-5 (ZTA 99-5) FOR THE DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN, IN THE 100-500 BLOCKS OF MAIN STREET, THE 100-300 BLOCKS OF RICHMOND STREET AND THE ADJACENT PROPERTIES ON GRAND AVENUE. PETITIONED BY: THE CITY OF EL SEGUNDO.
WHEREAS, an application was initiated by the City Council of the City of El Segundo to prepare a Downtown Specific Plan; and,
WHEREAS, an Initial Study was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), Cal. Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq. The Initial Study demonstrated that the project would not cause any significant environmental impacts. Accordingly, a Mitigated Negative Declaration ("MND") was prepared and circulated for public review and comment between April 21, 2000 and May 11, 2000; and,WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has reviewed the project and supporting evidence with the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act, State CEQA Guidelines and the City of El Segundo Guidelines for the Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (Resolution 3805); and,WHEREAS, on April 27, 2000, May 11, 2000 and May 25, 2000, the Planning Commission did hold, pursuant to law, duly advertised public hearings on such matter in the Council Chamber of the City Hall, 350 Main Street, and notice of the public hearings were given in the time, form and manner prescribed by law; and on May 25, 2000 adopted Resolution No. 2475, recommending approval of EA No. 474, GPA No. 99-2, ZC No. 99-2, and. ZTA No. 99-5; and,WHEREAS, at the duly scheduled meeting of the City Council of the City of El Segundo on June 20, 2000, a duly advertised public hearing was held on this matter in the Council Chamber of the City Hall, 350 Main Street; and,WHEREAS, opportunity was given to all persons present to speak for or against the findings of EA No. 474, GPA No. 99-24, ZC No. 99-2, and. ZTA No. 99-5; and,WHEREAS, at said hearings the following facts were established:
The Downtown Specific Plan area is located in the northwest quadrant of the City of El Segundo. The General Plan land use designation and zoning for the site is Downtown Commercial and Public Facilities.
Surrounding land uses in the area are generally residential in nature; one to three stories in height. The surrounding area and project area is a fully developed urban environment.
The El Segundo High School campus, the Library and Library Park are located north of the Specific Plan area on Main Street. To the east and west of the 500 block of Main Street (on Richmond and Standards Streets) is a Two-Family Residential (R-2) Zone, developed mainly with duplexes and two-family dwellings.
To the west of the balance of the Specific Plan boundary (on Richmond and Concord Streets) is mainly Multi-Family Residential (R-3) zoning, which is developed with small (3-12 unit) apartment and condominium complexes. Further beyond the R-2 and R-3 Zones (on Concord and Virginia Streets) is Single-Family (R-1) Residential zoning and development.
To the west of the Specific Plan area there are also a few parcels zoned Downtown Commercial (C-RS), and Neighborhood Commercial (C-2) on Grand Avenue, and Parking (P) on El Segundo Boulevard. The development on these sites is also consistent with the zoning, and includes one to two story, low-density (0.5 to 1.0 floor area ratio) commercial construction, and a surface parking lot.
To the east of the 400 block of Main Street is a Two-Family Residential (R-2) Zone on Standard Street, again developed consistent with the zoning designation.
To the east of the 300 block of Main Street is largely Multi-Family Residential (R-3), developed similarly to the areas to the west of the Specific Plan boundary. Additionally, there are a few parcels zoned and developed as Parking (P), on Standard Street, and Downtown Commercial (C-RS), on Grand Avenue, similar to the west of the Plan area.
To the east side of the 200 block of Main Street, on Standard Street, is an area that is also zoned and developed as Downtown Commercial (C-RS), again with similar commercial uses and densities.
To the east of the 100 block of Main Street, on Standard Street, is a small industrial zone within the Smoky Hollow Specific Plan area with a zoning designation of Small Business (SB). The land uses in this area (light industrial, warehousing etc.) are consistent with the zoning. South of El Segundo Boulevard is the Chevron Refinery, which is zoned Heavy Industrial (M-2), consistent with the land use.
The majority of the 100 block of the east side of Richmond Street is a surface parking lot for the Chevron Refinery immediately to the south. Smaller Chevron parking lots also occupy the west side of Richmond and the 100 block of Main Street. There are four small City owned surface parking lots with a total of approximately 115 parking spaces, which are open and free to the public, within and immediately adjacent to the Plan area.
Plant species present are those that are commonly used for landscaping purposes or which have adapted to urban environments. There is no known rare or endangered animal species associated with the Project site, or project locale.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that after considering the above facts, the testimony presented at the public hearings, and the facts and study of proposed EA No. 474, GPA No. 99-2, ZC No. 99-2, and. ZTA No. 99-5, the City Council makes the following findings:Environmental AssessmenT
That the City of El Segundo has prepared an Initial Study and, an accompanying Mitigated Negative Declaration which was made available to all local and affected agencies and for public review and comment in the time and manner prescribed by law. The Initial Study concluded that the proposed project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment, and a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact was prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
That when considering the whole record, there is no evidence that the project will have the potential for an adverse effect on wildlife resources or the habitat on which the wildlife depends, because the project is in-fill development in a built-out urban environment.
That the City Council hereby authorizes and directs the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services to file with any appropriate agencies a Certificate of Fee Exemption and de minimus finding pursuant to California Assembly Bill (AB) No. 3158 and the California Code of Regulations. Within twenty-four hours of this approval by the City Council, the applicant shall submit to the City of El Segundo a fee of $25.00 required by the County of Los Angeles for the filing of this certificate along with the required Notice of Determination. As approved in AB 3158, the statutory requirements of CEQA will not be met and no vesting shall occur until this condition is met and the required notices and fees are filed with the County.
GENERAL PLAN AND ZONING CONSISTENCY
That the proposed use is consistent with the following General Plan goals, policies, programs, and objectives:
The proposed General Plan Land Use designation for the site, as well as the proposed zoning, is Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). The Downtown Specific Plan designation is compatible with the surrounding residential, and commercial land use designations.
The proposed Downtown Specific Plan designation is designed to allow a maximum floor area (FAR) ratio of 1.0, except for one 17,500 square foot City owned parcel, currently developed as a surface parking lot, which would allow an FAR of 1.5. Additionally, the residential density is proposed to increase from 1 dwelling unit per 3500 square foot lot to 2 dwelling units per 3500 square foot lot. While this would permit a greater amount of development than the existing land use designation, the total build out of the Plan area would be an insignificant increase in density when compared to the total allowed density in the entire City.
The proposed project is in conformance with many General Plan goals, policies, and objectives related to Economic Development, Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation and Noise. The following Economic Development goal, objective, and policies are consistent with the project: ED 3, ED 3-1, ED 3-1.1, ED 3-1.2, ED 3-1.3, ED 3-1.4, and ED 3-1.5, since the Plan strives to preserve and improve the business environment, stabilize the economic viability of the Downtown, improve the appearance of Downtown, improve vehicular circulation, parking and streetscape and enhance the pedestrian environment while providing the opportunity for a mix of commercial services.
Many Land Use goals, policies and objectives are consistent with the project including: LU 1, LU 1-4, LU 1-5, LU 1-5.1, LU 1-5.2, LU 1-5.3, LU 1-5.4, LU 1-5.5, LU 1-5.6, LU 1-5.9, LU 2, LU 2-1, LU 2-1.1, LU 2-2, LU2-2.1, LU2-2.1A, LU 2-2.1B, LU 4, LU 4-2, LU 4-2.1, LU 4-2.2, LU 4-2.3, LU 4-2.4, LU4-2.5, LU 4-2.5A, LU 4-2.6, LU 4-2.7, LU 4-2.8, LU 4-2.9, LU 7, LU 7-1, LU 7-1.3, LU7-2, and LU7-2.5. The Plan is consistent with the Land Use Element since, one of the Plan’s goals is to maintain the "small town" atmosphere. The Plan also strives to preserve the Downtown’s historic areas, create a sense of place, provide for citizen input through the Downtown Task Force, and Planning Commission and City Council public hearings, provide sign regulations, encourage street trees, landscaping, and entry statements, provide CEQA review and prohibit drive-thru restaurants. The Plan also encourages preservation and enhancement of the Downtown’s cultural and historical resources, in that the Implementation and Design Standards sections of the Plan propose the establishment of Historic Preservation criteria for the 100 and 200 blocks of Richmond Street, with incentives and disincentives to encourage the preservation and enhancement of the historical buildings in this area. The Specific Plan provides the opportunity to enhance and further stabilize the existing Downtown tax base within a mixed-use environment. The Plan strives to create Downtown as the focal point of the community, enhancing the aesthetic environment and upgrading public spaces for Downtown activities. The Plan addresses provisions for adequate parking, low-scale, pedestrian-oriented architecture and evaluation and mitigation of traffic impacts. Lastly, the Plan provides for quality infrastructure in that improved sidewalks, streets, street lighting, and other streetscape infrastructure improvements are proposed.
Circulation Element goals, policies and objectives also are consistent with the proposal including; C 1, C 1-1, C1-1.6, C1-1.8, C1-1.14, C1-2, C1-2.1, C 2, C 2-1, C 2-1.6, C2-1.7, C 2-2, C 2-2.1,C 2-3, C 2-3.1, C 2-3.2, C 2-3.4, C 3, C 3-1, C 3-1.1, C 3-1.3, C 3-1.7, C 3-2, C 3-2.1, C 3-2.2, C 4-3, and C 4-3.1, in that the circulation system in the Downtown area is safe, convenient and cost effective. The three-lane proposal on Main Street has been evaluated and can accommodate the circulation needs with minor intersection improvements and the circulation system will continue to provide emergency vehicle access. The Plan provides a pedestrian-oriented environment, which is consistent with the General Plan provisions for alternative modes of transportation. The widened and enhanced sidewalks will further enhance pedestrian activity. The Plan continues to provide bicycle and transit system access, consistent with the General Plan, while encouraging more bicycle parking facilities. The Plan also addresses development of circulation policies that are consistent with other City policies. This section of the Specific Plan clearly indicates the consistency of the Plan with all of the applicable Elements (Economic Development, Land Use, Circulation, Conservation, and Noise). The Plan provides for the upgrading of streets to maintain the level of service, transit planning is addressed, pedestrian and bicycle access is enhanced, parking is managed and potential funding sources are identified.
The goals, policies, programs, and objectives which the proposed project are consistent with are contained within the Housing Element including, H 4, H 4-1, and H4-1.1. The Specific Plan is consistent with the Housing Element in that residential uses will continue to be permitted, and increased densities will be allowed, providing the opportunity for a diversity of housing types, prices and tenure.
The goal and policies which the proposed project is consistent with are contained within the Conservation Element, CN 5, CN 5-1, and CN 5-2. The Downtown Specific Plan is consistent with the urban landscape provisions of the Conservation Element. The Plan protects and enhances the quality of the urban landscape of the Downtown, particularly the characteristics and qualities identified by the community, through the Task Force, as being valued.
The final goal, objective, policy and program which the project is consistent with relates to the Noise Element including, N 1, N 1-2, and N 1-2.1A. The Downtown Specific Plan is consistent with the applicable Noise Element in that the Plan requires that the current noise regulations of the Municipal Code be adhered to which address and mitigate any potential noise conflicts.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the City Council hereby adopts a Mitigated Negative Declaration and approves EA No. 474, GPA No. 99-2, ZC No. 99-2, and ZTA No. 99-5, and adopts changes to the El Segundo Municipal Code as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 20.16.020 of Chapter 20.16, Title 20, of the El Segundo Municipal Code is amended to read as follows:
20.16.020 SPECIFIC PLAN ZONES.
In order to classify, regulate, restrict and segregate the uses of lands and buildings, to regulate and restrict the height and bulk of buildings, to regulate the area of yards and other open spaces about buildings and to regulate the density of population, the City has adopted the following specific plan areas which function as the Zoning Code for specific areas.
1. Smoky Hollow Specific Plan
There are four (4) classes of use zones intended to be used within the boundaries of the Smoky Hollow Specific Plan. These zones include:
GAC - Grand Avenue Commercial Zone.
MDR - Medium Density Residential Zone.
SB - Small Business Zone.
MM - Medium Manufacturing Zone.
2. 124th Street Specific Plan
There is one (1) zone intended to be used within the boundaries of the 124th Street Specific Plan. This zone is:
124th Street SP 124th Street Specific Plan
3. Aviation Specific Plan
There is one (1) use zone intended to be used within the boundaries of the Aviation Specific Plan. This zone is:
ASP - Aviation Specific Plan Zone.
4. Downtown Specific Plan
There are five (5) classes of use districts intended to be used with the boundaries of the Downtown Specific Plan. These districts include:
MSD Main Street District
MSTD Main Street Transitional District
RSD Richmond Street District
NRSD North Richmond Street District
V The Village
The foregoing Zones are separate Zones and shall not be deemed to be more restrictive or less restrictive than any other Zone, but shall be limited to the uses permitted in the specified Zone. SECTION 2. The Downtown Specific Plan is hereby adopted as set forth in Exhibit A, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.SECTION 3. The Land Use designations (Commercial and Public Use designations) and the proposed Land Use Plan (northwest quadrant) of the Land Use Element are hereby amended to reflect the change of a portion of the 100-500 blocks of Main Street, the 100-300 blocks of Richmond Street and the adjacent properties on the 100-200 blocks of west Grand Avenue from Downtown Commercial and Public Facilities to Downtown Specific Plan. The corresponding changes to the Land Use Element as set forth in Exhibit B, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, are also hereby approved. SECTION 4. The 1992 General Plan Summary of Existing Trends Buildout (Exhibit LU-3) of the Land Use Element is hereby amended to reflect the change of the 100-500 blocks of Main Street, the 100-300 blocks of Richmond Street and the adjacent properties on the 100-200 blocks of west Grand Avenue from Downtown Commercial and Public Facilities designations to Downtown Specific Plan. The corresponding changes to the Land Use Element as set forth in Exhibit C, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, are also hereby approved.SECTION 5. The General Plan Land Use Map is hereby changed to reflect the change for the 100-500 blocks of Main Street, the 100-300 blocks of Richmond Street and the adjacent properties in the 100-200 blocks of west Grand Avenue from Downtown Commercial and Public Facilities designations to Downtown Specific Plan. The corresponding changes to the Land Use Map as set forth in Exhibit D, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, are also hereby approved. SECTION 6. The current Zoning Map is hereby amended to reflect a change for the 100-500 blocks of Main Street, the 100-300 blocks of Richmond Street and the adjacent properties on the 100-200 blocks of west Grand Avenue from Downtown Commercial and Public Facilities designations to Downtown Specific Plan. The corresponding changes to the Zoning Map as set forth in Exhibit E, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, are also hereby approved.SECTION 7. This Ordinance shall become effective at midnight on the thirtieth (30) day from and after the final passage and adoption hereof. SECTION 8. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this ordinance; shall cause the same to be entered in the book of original ordinances of said City; shall make a note of the passage and adoption thereof in the records of the meeting at which the same is passed and adopted; and, shall within 15 days after the passage or adoption thereof cause the same to be published or posted in accordance with the law.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 1st day of August 2000.
___________________________ Mike Gordon, MayorATTEST:STATE OF CALIFORNIA )COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ) SSCITY OF EL SEGUNDO )I, Cindy Mortesen, City Clerk of the City of El Segundo, California, do hereby certify that the whole number of members of the City Council of said City is five; that the foregoing Ordinance No. 1319 was duly introduced by said City Council at a regular meeting held on the18th day of July, 2000, and was duly passed and adopted by said City Council, approved and signed by the Mayor, and attested to by the City Clerk, all at a regular meeting of said Council held on the 1st day of August, 2000, and the same was so passed and adopted by the following vote:AYES: Gordon, Gaines, McDowell, WernickNOES: NoneABSENT: NoneABSTAIN: NoneNOT PARTICIPATING: Jacobs____________________________Cindy Mortesen, City ClerkAPPROVED AS TO FORM: ______________________________Mark D. Hensley, City Attorney