CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS
NOTICE OF PREPARATION (NOP) OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR) AND SCOPING MEETING FOR
4665 LAMPSON AVENUE
SUBJECT: 4665 Lampson Avenue Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (Project Applicant: Lampson Park Place, LLC)
The City of Los Alamitos is commencing preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 4665 Lampson Avenue Project (referred to herein as the Project), and has released this Notice of Preparation (NOP) per the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A description of the Project, its location, and potential environmental effects is discussed below. It has been determined that an EIR is required, and no Initial Study will be prepared (see State CEQA Guidelines, Sections 15060 and 15081).
NOP COMMENT PERIOD:
The City invites you to submit written comments describing your specific environmental concerns. If you are representing a public agency, please identify your specific areas of statutory responsibility, if applicable. Written comments are desired at the earliest possible date, but due to the time limits mandated by State law, your response must be sent no later than 30 days after receipt of this notice. The NOP public comment period starts Monday, October 3, 2022 and ends Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Please send your written comments to the City staff contact identified above, and please include your name, address, and contact information in your correspondence. A scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Los Alamitos City Council Chambers.
PROJECT SITE LOCATION AND SETTING:
The 4655 Lampson Avenue Project (Project) site is located in the City of Los Alamitos, Orange County, California. The 12.3-acre Project site is located north of Lampson Avenue and northwest of the intersection of Lampson Avenue and Rose Street. The site is located within Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) 130-012-35. Under existing conditions, the Project site is developed with an office building and parking lot; currently occupied by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The site vicinity and surrounding areas include Arbor Park and Arbor Dog Park to the north, the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base to the west, the Navy Golf Course to the east, and residential uses to the south.
Existing General Plan Designation and Zoning Classification:
The existing City of Los Alamitos General Plan land use designation for the Project site is Community & Institutional/JFTB and the zoning classification is Community Facilities (C-F). It should be noted that the City of Los Alamitos, in accordance with its 2021-2029 Housing Element, is in the process of rezoning the Project site from C-F to Multi-family Residential Zone (R-3). The R-3 zone applies to lots intended to provide multi-family housing. The R-3 Zone implements the General Plan Multi-Family Residential land use designation.
The Project Applicant proposes to redevelop the existing office building with a residential development consisting of a variety of different product types, including: cluster homes, townhomes, and apartments. The unit mix would include 55 cluster homes, 114 townhomes, and 77 affordable multi-family apartment homes. The mixed density for the Project would be 20 dwelling units per acre (DUA). The Project would provide approximately 21,000 sf of common open space, which includes a central 14,000 sf neighborhood open space area. Under the City’s R-3 development standards, the maximum building height for the Project is 35 feet.
The Project would provide a total of 557 parking spaces: 459 parking spaces for the cluster homes and townhomes and 98 parking spaces for the affordable multifamily apartment homes. Vehicle access to the Project site would be provided via two driveways on Lampson Avenue.
Environmental Issues: Based on the Initial Study prepared for the proposed project, the City anticipates several potential impacts that will need to be addressed in the EIR:
- Air Quality
- Cultural Resources
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Hazards & Hazardous Materials
- Land Use & Planning
- Population & Housing
- Public Services
- Transportation &Traffic
- Utilities & Service Systems
The Draft EIR will address the short- and long-term effects of the Project on the environment. Mitigation measures will be proposed for impacts that are determined to be significant.
FUTURE PUBLIC MEETINGS:
Notice is hereby given that the City of Los Alamitos will hold a Draft EIR scoping meeting for the general public and any interested agencies. The Scoping meeting will be held October 20th at 6:00 p.m. The scoping meeting will be held in the City Council Chamber of the City of Los Alamitos. At the meeting, the Applicant will provide background information on environmental impact reports, provide a brief overview of the Project and will solicit public input on environmental issues to be addressed in the Draft EIR and on items of public concern. Issues identified during the scoping meeting will be addressed in the Draft EIR (as appropriate).
RESPONSE TO THIS NOTICE OF PREPARATION:
Please provide written comments no later than 30 days from receipt of this Notice of Preparation. According to Section 15082(b) of the State CEQA Guidelines, your comments should address the scope and content of environmental information related an agency’s area of statutory responsibility. More specifically, your response should identify the significant environmental issues and reasonable alternatives and mitigation measures that an agency will need to have explored in the Draft EIR; and, whether an agency will be a responsible agency or a trustee agency, as defined by CEQA Code Sections 15381 and 15386, respectively. Please return all comments to the following address:
Tom Oliver, Associate Planner
City of Los Alamitos Planning Division
3191 Katella Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
(562) 431-3538, Ext. 300