The City of Duarte City Council will hold a public hearing on the City of Hope Specific Plan and EIR on March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1600 Huntington Drive. The project information, Specific Plan and EIR, is provided below. The following Ordinances and Resolutions will be considered:
City of Hope is seeking approval of the City of Hope Campus Plan which would provide direction for enhancement and development over a 20-year period. City of Hope is proposing additions to the existing outpatient (clinic), inpatient (hospital), research, office, industrial, warehouse, and hospitality uses. New parking structures and surface lots are also proposed, as well as internal roadways, open space environments, and other long-term infrastructure improvements. These changes and improvements throughout the City of Hope campus would be implemented through the proposed City of Hope Specific Plan (COHSP), which will govern future development of the campus, supporting its efforts to expand its research and treatment capabilities; accommodate the needs of patients and their families, faculty, staff, and the community; and help enable City of Hope to meet its commitment to transform the future of medicine.
Ultimately, the vision for the City of Hope campus is to create a walkable and compact campus core that builds upon and enhances existing inpatient and outpatient facilities, research, office, assembly, parking, and open spaces uses. In addition, the project proposes to consolidate modular buildings that are currently dispersed throughout the campus, demolish outdated buildings, and construct new floor area within larger development sites that provide flexibility for future buildout of the campus.
The Specific Plan area contains approximately 116-acres, which includes its existing campus. The established residential neighborhood to the west of Cinco Robles Drive is not located within the project area. Several existing residences, east of Cinco Robles Drive, have been included within the Specific Plan area; those not owned by City of Hope are allowed to remain in perpetuity and maintain their current development rights.
The maximum development capacity allowed by the Specific Plan consists of approximately 1,426,000 square feet of new development (approximately 1,038,500 net new square feet following the proposed demolition of approximately 387,500 square feet of existing structures), which would result in up to approximately 2,639,350 gross square feet of development on the City of Hope campus.
The companion document to the City of Hope Specific Plan is the associated draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The DEIR analyzed the environmental impacts associated with the proposed construction buildout and included the following study areas: 1) aesthetics, 2) air quality, 3) biological resources, 4) cultural resources, 5) geology and soils, 6) greenhouse gas emissions, 7) hazards and hazardous materials, 8) hydrology and water quality, 9) land use and planning, 10) noise, 11) population and housing, 12) public services, 13) recreation, 14) transportation and traffic, 15) tribal cultural resource, 16) utilities and service systems, 17) energy. The DEIR analysis determined that the proposed project, with implementation of mitigation measures, would result in significant environmental impacts in the areas of the greenhouse gas emissions, noise, and transportation and traffic. Impacts related to aesthetics, public services, recreation, and energy were determined to be less than significant. Impacts related to air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, hazards and hazardous materials, tribal cultural resources, and utilities and service systems were determined to be significant, but less than significant after incorporation of mitigation measures. The project site is contained on several environmental database listings relating to hazardous wastes and substances.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as amended and CEQA Guidelines. According to the CEQA Guidelines, Section 15132, the FEIR shall consist of:
(a) The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) or a revision of the Draft;
(b) Comments and recommendations received on the DEIR either verbatim or in summary;
(c) A list of persons, organizations, and public agencies comments on the DEIR;
(d) The responses of the Lead Agency to significant environmental points raised in the review and consultation process; and
(e) Any other information added by the Lead Agency.
This document contains responses to comments received on the DEIR for the City of Hope Campus Plan during the public review period, which began November 15, 2017, and closed January 4, 2018; and comments received at Planning Commission on January 16, 2018. This document has been prepared in accordance with CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines and represents the independent judgment of the Lead Agency. This document and the circulated DEIR comprise the FEIR, in accordance with CEQA Guidelines, Section 15132.
The City Council will consider certifying the FEIR as part of the overall COHSP project. Certification of the FEIR includes: FEIR - response to Draft EIR comments, adoption of the Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Program, Findings of Fact, and Statement of Overriding Considerations.
More recent opportunities to get involved in the COHSP have included the January 16, 2018 Planning Commission meeting and a public meeting on December 6, 2017, and the 45-day comment window associated with the NOA. On January 16, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended City Council approval of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, unanimously recommended City Council approval of the Draft Environmental Impact Report, General Plan Amendment 15-1, Zone Change 15-1, and the City of Hope Specific Plan policy and regulatory document. The public and interested parties were also invited to attend a Community Public Meeting on December 6, 2017. This meeting on the Campus Plan and DEIR was held at the Duarte Community Center and included a presentation on the proposed project, the DEIR process, and the environmental findings of the DEIR. Following the presentation, interested agencies, organization and members of the public were provided opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the DEIR. Attendance included 12 persons and a handful of City of Hope representatives. The meeting coincided with the release of the Notice of Availability (NOA). The public comment period for the NOA began on November 15, 2017 and concluded on January 4, 2018. The required 45-day comment period was extended by several days to account for the holidays. During this period, the City received 10 comments from a resident and several other agencies.
The next opportunity to participate, review and comment on the proposed project will be at a public hearing before the City Council, as shown below. Notification for this meeting was advertised through mailed notices to property owners within 600' of the project boundaries, posted at the standard three public locations within the City, published in the Pasadena Star News or Duartean newspaper and posted on the City's website.
The Public Hearing will be held on the following date/time and location:
City Council Meeting - Public Hearing
Date/time: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Duarte Community Center
1600 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
Subject: General Plan Amendment 15-01; Zone Change 15-01;
Adoption of City of Hope Specific Plan; and Final Environmental Impact Report
Copies of the FEIR, DEIR and Specific Plan are available for review at:
The City Council agenda, staff report, resolutions and support materials will be available for public review at the following locations, the afternoon of Thursday, March 8, 2018.
Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010 (Open Mon-Thur 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Both the Cities of Duarte and Irwindale must approve the entitlements associated with the project. For the City of Duarte, it includes consideration of General Plan Amendment and Zone Change 15-1, adoption of the City of Hope Specific Plan and certification of the EIR at the March 13th Duarte City Council hearing. The City of Irwindale is also being asked to approve a general plan amendment and zone change. Irwindale is not required to certify the EIR, but must make it's own CEQA findings and prepare a separate statement of overriding considerations. For more information on the City of Irwindale's public hearing schedule and entitlement process, please contact the City of Irwindale Planning Department at (626) 430-2208 or visit the Irwindale Planning Commission calendar here.
Please check back on the City website under Agenda/View Minutes for additional details and confirmed dates for future meetings.
Jason Golding, Planning Division Manager
City of Duarte
1600 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
City of Hope Campus Plan Draft EIR Appendices
COH FEIR FILES