The Metro Gold Line is coming to Duarte, so Duarte residents will soon have quick light rail access to Downtown Los Angeles and points throughout the Los Angeles basin. The new Duarte Gold Line station, scheduled to open for service in 2016, will create opportunities to invest in the greater potential of the area adjacent to the station by allowing new uses besides what is permitted under the area’s current “Manufacturing” zoning.
Since April, the City of Duarte has been reaching out to the home and business owners within the general vicinity of the future Duarte Gold Line Station to keep them informed about the review process for a proposed new Specific Plan that will establish the parameters and character of a vibrant, mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development proposed in the current 19-acre industrial area immediately adjacent to the future station. On November 4, the City's Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend City Council approval of General Plan Amendment 13-1 (amending the City's General Plan Land Use element and land use diagram from Gold Line Station Area Development Specific Plan to the Duarte Station Specific Plan); Zone Change 13-1 (changing the area's zoning from Manufacturing to the Duarte Station Specific Plan); associated Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and the development standards and design guidelines provided in the actual Duarte Station Specific Plan document.
The anticipated final step of that review process will occur when the Duarte City Council deliberates on the Duarte Station Specific Plan project and its Final Environmental Impact Report, and considers specific actions (General Plan Amendment & Zone Change 13-1 and adoption of the Duarte Station Specific Plan) it must take to finalize the Specific Plan’s approval. This public hearing will occur at the Duarte City Council Meeting to be held on November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Duarte City Council Chambers, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA.
To review or download the Duarte Station Specific Plan, click here : To review or download the Draft EIR click here. . To review or download the responses to Draft EIR comments click here. To review or download the Statement of Findings and Statement of Overrdiing Considerations click here.
The Specific Plan was prepared, with input from Duarte residents, businesses and other interested parties. The City’s consultants then prepared a Draft EIR, which identifies and responds to any environmental impacts that may occur because of the Specific Plan’s proposed changes to the area. The draft report was released for public comment on September 19, and comments were due by November 4, 2013. The Duarte City Council will be considering the Duarte Station Specific Plan project, including: Final EIR, General Plan Amendment 13-1, Zone Change 13-1 and related Duarte Station Specific Plan document, at a public hearing on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
This webpage is your guide to everything about the plan. Use the links in the “Station Plan Links” box to navigate within the website – and if you have any questions or comments, or if you want to receive future updates, do so through the Contact Us page.
The costs of the Specific Plan and EIR are being funded primarily through a grant from METRO, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Para information en Espanol, favor de llamar a City Hall de Duarte, (626) 357-7931.
The Duarte Station Specific Plan is being prepared by the City of Duarte’s Community Development Department under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. CEQA requires, and the City supports, a transparent review process that provides all interested parties with opportunities to review plan materials and comment on them.
The area covered by the Specific Plan is 19.08 acres in size and is currently the location of three industrial manufacturing buildings. Adjacent land uses not included in the Specific Plan area are a residential neighborhood is to the west, a business park to the east, the 210 Freeway to the north, and the rail line, City of Hope and an Army Corps of Engineers basin to the south.
The Specific Plan proposes four “Transit Village” land uses: Station Plaza, Mixed Use, High Density Residential and Open Space.
The new Duarte Gold Line station, scheduled to open in 2015, will be located on the southern border of the planning area, adjacent to Highland Avenue. The area’s proximity to rail, freeways and major streets makes it ideal for the sort of mixed use development that can spur economic development and encourage transit ridership.
NOTE: Separate from the Specific Plan’s potential environmental impacts are the potential impacts of the Metro Gold Line itself. These were studied in Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s EIR on the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension project. The EIR documents can be found here.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) establishes areas of possible environmental impacts. Impacts likely to be caused by the project which must be studied in the project’s EIR. The EIR studied these environmental areas of potential impact as identified in an Initial Study:
The study determined the draft Specific Plan would have no impact or a less than significant impact in these areas: Agriculture & Forestry Resources, Geology & Soils, Biological Resources, Mineral Resources and Cultural Resources.
Owners of buildings within the Specific Plan area will not be required to change their operations because of the Specific Plan. However, the plan will give them flexibility to respond to new market conditions that could increase the value of their property through its conversion to the new Station Plaza, Mixed Use, High Density Residential and/or Open Space land uses proposed in the Specific Plan.
The Specific Plan will also seek to address concerns of those neighboring the Specific Plan area, including residents of the neighborhood to the west, occupants of the industrial buildings to the east, and the City of Hope and Army Corps of Engineers to the south. Interstate 210 creates a separation of the planning area from neighbors to the north, but to the extent that they have concerns about the Specific Plan, the CEQA process provides them ample opportunity to review and comment.
The Duarte Station Specific Plan’s Master Land Use Plan describes the primary new allowed land uses in the area. The area immediately adjacent to the station, shown in red, is envisioned as a Station Plaza where mixed uses, such as residential, office, hotel and retail, would be allowed. The light blue portion of the Master Land Use Plan is designated for Mixed Use, which could include office, hotel and retail uses. The residential area, shown in yellow, is separated from neighboring homes by an open space area, shown in green. To review or download the Duarte Station Specific Plan, click here.
The Specific Plan will establish the development standards and permitted uses, and examine the basic urban form for the Plan area. The Master Land Use Plan, shown above, is very flexible, and the actual way the area is built out, and the land uses in the area, will depend on the site plans submitted for each parcel.
For the purpose of conducting a valid environmental review, the City’s environmental consultants evaluated one potential implementation under the Specific Plan’s draft Master Land Use Plan, shown below. It would include up to 475 residences, shown in yellow, 250 hotel rooms, shown in pink, 400,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of retail space, shown in light blue. A parking structure is shown in light blue with diagonal hash marks.
Written public comments on the Draft EIR were submitted during the 45-day review period, beginning September 19 and running through November 4, 2013. The final EIR will include a section with response to comments from the Draft EIR, which is available by clicking here.
Public comments also can be submitted during the public comment periods at meetings of the City of Duarte City Council at which the Specific Plan and Draft EIR will be considered. Currently, the City Council is scheduled to deliberate on the Specific Plan and Final EIR on November 26,2013 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers.
Notes from public meetings held during the Duarte Station Specific Plan review process are posted here, with notes from the most recent meeting first.
Public documents related to the Duarte Station Specific Plan are linked for download here as they become available. They are presented with the newest document first.
The current timeline for the review of the Duarte Station Specific Plan is shown below. Dates are subject to change and the timeline will be updated, should changes occur.
The Duarte City Council will receive public comment, then will consider certifying the Specific Plan’s Final EIR as complete, and approving the Duarte Station Specific Plan document, General Plan Amendment and Zone Change 13-1. This public hearing will be held on November 26 at 7:00 p.m in the City Council Chambers, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA.