The City Council of the City of Duarte will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, California, to consider approval of: Zone Change 15-1, the City of Hope Specific Plan (COHSP), and a Development Agreement between the City of Duarte and the City of Hope (DA 18-1).
The following items will be considered:
Download October 2018 Draft Specific Plan.
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the project proposes to consolidate modular buildings that are currently dispersed throughout the campus, demolish outdated buildings, and construct new floor area within larger development sites that provide flexibility for future buildout of the campus.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.
On March 13, 2018. the City Council certified 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.
On March 13, 2018, the Duarte City Council held a public hearing that certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and approved General Plan Amendment 15-1, which modified the Land Use Element and Land Use Diagram of the Duarte General Plan from Hospital (H), Research and Development (R&D), Medium-Density Residential (MDR) and High-Density Residential (HDR) to City of Hope Specific Plan (SP). The City Council, at this same public hearing, introduced two ordinances for approval: Zone Change 15-1 and the City of Hope Specific Plan. The second reading for the ordinances was deferred until the City of Irwindale acted on the project.
The City of Irwindale City Council approved the project in May 2018, but made some changes to the plan, specifically related to how the permitting process works for structures bisected by city boundaries. Since the changes were non-substantive, re-review by the Duarte Planning Commission was not required. For the past several months, staff has been working with the City of Hope on a Development Agreement that will guide the specific plan implementation process.
The Development agreement provides the City of Hope with vested entitlements, where the applicant will not be subject to later enacted zoning or development exactions, in exchange for certain concessions made to the City. It provides commitment by the applicant, to the City,payment of certain transient occupancy taxes, provision of certain traffic signal improvements and other related funding. On September 17, 2018, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the recommendation of the Development Agreement to the City Council. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend City Council approval of the Development Agreement. The FEIR certified by the Duarte City Council on March 13, 2018, for this project contemplated the possibility of the Development Agreement as part of its Project Description. Since the time of FEIR certification there have been no substantial changes proposed in the project which will require major revision of the EIR, no substantial changes have occurred with respect to the circumstances under which the project is being undertaken which will require major revisions in the FEIR, and no new information not known and which could not have been known at the time the FEIR was certified as complete, has become available. Consistent with CEQQ Regulations Section 15162, the City Council will therefore be asked to make a finding that the FEIR previously certified serves as the adequate environmental review for the Development Agreement.
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, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Duarte Community Center
1600 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010
Subject: Zone Change 15-01; Adoption of City of Hope Specific Plan
and Development Agreement 18-01
Copies of the FEIR, DEIR, Development Agreement 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, October 4, 2018.
Duarte City Hall, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010 (Open Mon-Thur 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
By the Duarte City Council certifying the FEIR and approving General Plan Amendment 15-1 on March 13, 2018 and the Irwindale City Council approving a General Plan Amendment and Zone Change, the final step involves the Duarte City Council approving the following ordinances: Zone Change 15-1, the City of Hope Specific Plan document, and Development Agreement 18-1. Upon approval of these entitlements (ordinance introduction) and a subsequent second reading of the ordinances, the project will be deemed approved 30 days thereafter.
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 Specific Plan Public Review Draft November 2017 (Full Document)
City of Hope Specific Plan Public Review Draft October 2018 (Full Document)