City of Cypress

5275 Orange Avenue ~ Cypress, CA 90630 ~ 714-229-6700

33-Acre Project Frequently Asked Questions

General Project Questions

1. What will be developed on the property?
2. What is the current zoning on the property and what type of developments are allowed?

Environmental Review Questions

3. What is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and how does it apply to this project?
4. What is City Council’s role in CEQA?
5. Is the City Council requiring the highest level of environmental review for the project?
6. What is the required notification for CEQA projects within the City?
7. Can I get on an e-mail list for the subsequent notifications/meetings for this project?
8. What type of environmental impacts will be studied/analyzed within the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?
9. Where can I find more details about the CEQA process?
10. How long will it take for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to be completed and when will the draft be available for public comment?
11. Will I be able to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report?
12. What actions does the City Council have to take regarding the project?
13. When will public testimony be heard by the City Council regarding the Environmental Impact Report and the project?
14. Is the previous property owner or Developer paying for the costs associated with the project?
15. Where can I go to get more information regarding the project?
16. Why is City staff not yet able to answer questions regarding the potential environmental impacts of the project?

Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the project description? – The proposed project consists of the construction of 244 for-sale single-family senior residential housing units and approximately 50,000 square feet of retail commercial uses. A copy of the site plan and building elevations can be found on the project website located at: BartonPlaceCypress.com.

2. What is the current zoning on the property and what type of developments are allowed? – The current zoning of the property is PBP Planned Business Park and is located in the “Mixed Use Commercial/Senior Housing” Planning Area of the Amended and Restated Cypress Business and Professional Center Specific Plan area. The types of uses allowed on the property include senior housing and approximately 68 different commercial, retail and service related uses, professional office, warehouse and wholesale distribution uses.

Environmental Review Questions

3. What is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and how does it apply to this project? – The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a State statute passed in 1970 which requires state and local agencies to conduct an environmental analysis and identify any potentially significant environmental impacts of a project. The Act further requires that potential environmental impacts be avoided or mitigated, to the maximum extent feasible. Because the proposed development qualifies as a project under CEQA, an environmental analysis will be prepared for the project. A detailed description of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process can be found on the City’s website at: http://www.ci.cypress.ca.us/33acreproject.html.

4. What is City Council’s role in CEQA? – Once the environmental analysis has been completed, it is the role of the City Council to review the analysis and in the case of an EIR, either certify the EIR or make a reasonable argument as to why the EIR should not be certified.

5. Is the City Council requiring the highest level of environmental review for the project? – Yes, the highest level of environmental review required under CEQA is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City of Cypress is in the process of preparing an EIR for the project and anticipates completion of the Final EIR in the Fall of 2015.

6. What is the required notification for CEQA projects within the City? – The City is required to notify all property owners within 300 feet of a proposed project. For this project, the City notified all Cypress property owners within 300 feet of the boundary of the project site as well as those property owners north of Cerritos Avenue, south of Carbon Canyon Creek flood control channel, east of Denni Street, and west of Walker Street. Also noticed in accordance with the 1990 traffic settlement agreement with the City of Los Alamitos were all property owners in the Carrier Row and New Dutch Haven residential neighborhoods in the City of Los Alamitos. In addition, the City published the Notice of Preparation for the EIR in the local newspaper and posted a copy of the Notice of Preparation for the EIR and the Initial Study for the project on the City’s website.

7. Can I get on an e-mail list for the subsequent notifications/meetings for this project? – Yes, you can simply submit an e-mail request at: 33acreproject@ci.cypress.ca.us or contact the City at (714) 229-6720 and request to be placed on the 33 Acre project e-mail list.

8. What type of environmental impacts will be studied/analyzed within the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)? – The EIR will evaluate the areas of Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Geology and Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Population and Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Transportation/Traffic, and Utilities & Service Systems.

9. Where can I find more details about the CEQA process? – You can visit the City’s website at: http://ci.cypress.ca.us/33acreproject.html and view the PowerPoint presentation which provides an overview of the EIR process. Another alternative is to visit: http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/index.html and view the Frequently Asked Questions or the 2012 CEQA Statutes and Guidelines.

10. How long will it take for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to be completed and when will the draft be available for public comment? – The Draft EIR is anticipated to be completed by early July and will be posted on the City’s website once it becomes available for public review. The public will have 45 days to review the Draft EIR from the date that it becomes available. The Final EIR is anticipated to be completed in the Fall of 2015.

11. Will I be able to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report? – Yes, once the Draft EIR becomes available, you will have 45 days to review the document during which time you can provide comments via e-mail or in writing to the City of Cypress. Information regarding the comment process will be provided on the City’s website during the review period.

12. What actions does the City Council have to take regarding the project? – Once the Final EIR is complete, it will be presented along with the development applications to the Cypress City Council for consideration. The City Council is required to either certify the EIR or make a reasonable argument as to why the EIR should not be certified. Irrespective of whether the City Council certifies or does not certify the EIR, it is required to consider and act on the development applications submitted for the project.

13. When will public testimony be heard by the City Council regarding the Environmental Impact Report and the project? – Public testimony and input will be accepted by the City Council during the public hearing for the project which will be at the completion of the EIR process (anticipated Fall 2015).

14. Is the Developer paying for the costs associated with the project? – Yes, the developer (C33, LLC) is paying for all project related costs, including the preparation of the EIR, attorney’s fees, and the processing of development applications for the project.

15. Where can I go to get more information regarding the project? – The City of Cypress website contains up-to-date information regarding the project as well as the status of the EIR. Please visit: http://ci.cypress.ca.us/33acreproject.html for the latest project information. You can also contact City Planning Division staff via e-mail or by phone at (714) 229-6720.

16. Why is City staff not yet able to answer questions regarding the potential environmental impacts of the project? – City staff is not able to speculate on the potential environmental impacts of a project until such time as all of the technical studies have been completed and fully analyzed. Upon completion of the technical studies, the results of those studies will be compiled into a comprehensive analysis of the project and provided for public review and comment as part of the Draft EIR.