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Environmental plan for Saltworks unveiled

Daily Journal Staff Report, 8/17/10

The Redwood City Planning Commission and public tonight will hear from hired consultants on how they plan to assess the environmental aspects of the proposed development of the Cargill Saltworks site and how they will conduct outreach to the community throughout the process.

The Planning Commission has no action before it but will instead hear an overview of the suggested project, brief descriptions of what the city has done so far and an explanation of the next steps in the environmental review process. The City Council will hear the same presentation later this month.

The city is inviting the public and any interested agencies to be involved throughout the process which developers DMB hope ends with acceptance of the so-called “50-50 Balanced Plan.”

The plan for the 1,400-acre site calls for 50 percent to be used for parks, open space and restored tidal marsh. The other half would be mixed-use with up to 12,000 new homes.

The plan, as submitted, will require amendments to the general plan and zoning map.

Earlier reviews of the project concluded the Saltworks application does not contain “fundamental insurmountable issues” which convinced the city to move forward with further environmental analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act. CEQA identifies any significant effects on the environment, identifies alternatives, includes public input and allows for interested agencies to comment on the development proposal.

The Redwood City Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

The Redwood City Council meets 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.


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