Salinas Valley Issues & Actions:
Walnut Avenue Specific Plan
The City of Greenfield proposes the Walnut Avenue Specific Plan which encompasses a 62.6 acre project site proposed a maximum development capacity of 445,000 square feet of commercial use, 220 high-density dwelling units, and useable recreation and open space of up to about two acres.
LandWatch Position: Commented on the EIR
Project Status: Accepting Comments
The City of Greenfield has proposed the Walnut Street Specific Plan.
The City has planned the project site for development with a local and regional-serving retail center, with the goal of reducing project delays and streamlining the development process.
The City of Greenfield is the Lead Agency.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released in January 2014. (13.2M PDF file)
The Notice of Preparation was released in November 2012 for public comment.
Project Location Map
This map shows the location of the Walnut Avenue Specific Plan.
Larger Map (127K PDF file)
Resources At Risk
Reduced Air Quality
The project has significant impacts on carbon monoxide and the residential portion of the project could be within ARB’s threshold for harmful exposure to motor vehicle emissions from Highway 101 traffic.
The DEIR should include a list of past, present, and probable future projects producing related or cumulative impacts, including, if necessary, those project outside the control of the agency or a summary of projections contained in an adopted local...planning document, that describes or evaluates conditions contributing to the cumulative effect.
Lack of Project Alternatives
The DEIR evaluates the no project alternative and a reduced size alternative. It finds that the Reduced Size alternative would not attain the city’s key objective for the proposed project. LandWatch recommends consideration of its alternative which would reduce project impacts on traffic, urban decay, air quality and GHG emissions by improving the jobs/housing balance while meeting project objectives.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
Letter: Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (102K PDF file)
LandWatch submitted comments on the project related to air quality impacts exposure from mobile source and greenhouse gas emissions, and references cumulative impacts and the alternatives analysis. (03.03.14)