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CONTINUING PROGRESS REPORT


This section will be updated continually as
information becomes available.

 

Environment Impact Review (EIR)
URGENT!
Participate in the EIR Scoping
Provide your input to the City of Campbell
no later than August 10, 2018!

 

The Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for the In-N-Out proposal will begin soon. The EIR will evaluate the project for potential impacts on the environment and determine the potential environmental consequences of future change. If you want your voice to be heard by the City of Campbell, provide your input to the SCOPING of the EIR.

How To Respond

Your input to the City of Campbell will directly affect what topics and areas the City of Campbell will address in the EIR. Do NOT just say you are "against" or "for" the project, tell the City what subjects need to be examined, and why. If your primary concern is traffic, understand that the City will use the Traffic Impact Study (TIS) that was published May 16, 2018, and that you should indicate what you believe the TIS did not address correctly, or at all. (That would include, but is not limited to weaving, use of Waze and other navigation programs that will lead to drive-through traffic in our neighborhoods, U-Turns, pedestrian safety, inaccurate traffic counts, etc.) You may address any or all of the following areas, or other issues not on this list.

EIR Topic Areas:

  • Traffic Congestion
  • Aesthetics
  • Air quality
  • Biological resources
  • Cultural and tribal cultural resources
  • Geology and soils
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Hazards and hazardous materials
  • Hydrology and water quality
  • Land use and planning
  • Noise
  • Population and housing
  • Public services
  • Parks and recreation
  • Transportation and circulation
  • Utilities and service systems.

You may provide input by letter or E-mail, no later than August 10, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

Please include "In-N-Out Burger Project EIR" in your subject or reference line.

By E-mail – send your E-mail to Daniel Fama (Senior Planner) at danielf@cityofcampbell.com.

By letter – send to:

Daniel Fama, Senior Planner
City of Campbell
Community Development Department
70 North First Street
Campbell, CA 95008

 

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Good News from Environment Impact Review (EIR) July 24 Public Scoping Meeting

 

The result of the scoping meeting session at Campbell City Hall on Tuesday, July 24 2018 was very favorable to the position of the Citizens for Sensible Growth, which opposes the proposed In-N-Out development at the old Elephant Bar location at Hamilton and Almarida in Campbell.

In addition to a number of residents who voiced their opposition on the basis of traffic congestion, CFSG also provided comment on some of the deficiencies and errors in the Final Traffic Impact Study (TIS). City of Campbell Planning Commission members noted severe congestion issues, citing findings from TIS that predicted Level Of Service (LOS) FAIL (F) at the critical intersection at Salmar and the southbound ramp at Hwy. 17. Traffic hazards, such as weaving, and congestion on city streets and nearby intersections were also raised as serious concerns by Commission members. (See links below to view a video of the Scoping Session meeting.)

PRESS COVERAGE

There was press coverage by KPIX (Channel 5), the Bay Area News Group, and SF Gate – see below for links to these news stories. The KPIX News video from July 26 strongly substantiates our CFSG position regarding traffic congestion and is very worthwhile viewing. The Bay Area News Group article came up a bit short on facts but generally substantiates of our position. There is also a supportive article in SG Gate, although it slightly misrepresents the figures on the City website – analysis of this data shows that 70% of respondents are firmly opposed to the In-N-Out project.

Links to stories, videos, and documents:

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Final Traffic Impact Study (TIS)

May 16, 2018

 

The FINAL Traffic Impact Study has been released. You may view it by clicking here.

There are no substantive improvements to the draft TIS, with changes primarily limited to editorial corrections to text and tables.

HIGHLIGHTS of the TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY:

  1. The Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp/Salmar intersection is projected to be a "FAIL" (Level of Service "F").

  2. Because that intersection is LOS F, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. (The City has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the EIR, with responses/bids due Monday, April 16.)

  3. The study predicts that neighborhood streets in Hamann Park will not be significantly affected. (We disagree, and data from a professionally-conducted TIS Peer Review agrees.)

  4. The study recommends that the Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp be widened with the addition of an additional lane. (This was also recommended in a 2004 TIS for the Kohl's development, but never funded.)

COMMENTS and OBSERVATIONS

  1. There appear to be deficiencies and omissions in the Traffic Study.

  2. Traffic Study counts at many key intersections and neighborhood streets were collected at the wrong time of day and/or for an inadequate period of time.

  3. There is no supportable justification in the Traffic Study or in City documents (dating back to 2004) that widening the Hwy. 17 southbound off-ramp would reduce traffic congestion at key intersections. It might make it worse!

  4. The traffic counts for neighborhoods were too small a window of time and on incorrect days to reliably predict traffic. There is no qualitative assessment – cars speed over the speed bumps at 50 miles per hour, blow through stop signs, and drivers throw trash on our streets. We live in these neighborhoods and W-Trans does not.

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The Process Briefly Explained

January 10, 2018

 

There are a number of studies and reports that the City of Campbell Planning Department require. These include the Traffic Impact Analysis, Site Plans, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and Architectural Review. (Click on CFSG - City Campbell Meeting Minutes 9-12-17 Final.pdf for a more complete description of the required permits and processes.)

 

Once the City of Campbell Planning Department has received all relevant reports and studies, it will assess the information before forwarding the data and recommendations to the City of Campbell Planning Commission. A public hearing shall be scheduled once the Community Development Director has deemed the application complete.

 

In addition, a Conditional Use Permit is required for this location. There are two primary condictions that require approval. They are:

1.      Late hours (after 10:00 PM).

2.      Drive-thru Restaurant.

If any these are disallowed, the application, as filed, is denied.

 

The Planning Commission consists of seven appointed citizens who will decide by simple majority whether the In-N-Out proposal will or will not be approved. Any decision by the Planning Commission may be appealed by any party to the five-member elected City Council who, by simple majority, will make a final decision.

 

If the Planning Commission's decision is for application approval, Citizens For Sensible Growth WILL appeal the decision to City Council.

 

Note that by City law, either In-N-Out or a residential or commercial property owner within 300 feet of the proposed In-N-Out development may file legal suit to challenge a final decision by City Council. Property owners may only file suit on the basis of issues that they have raised with the City prior to the close of public comment.

 

 

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Meetings and Discussions with Public Officials

 

CFSG has met with a variety of Public Officials and City Staff to discuss our issues and concerns.

 

Public (elected) Officials and their position on the In-N-Out application. Our committee has called on the following politicians in our area to get their feedback: Contact these politicians to make your voice known.

1.      Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Supervisor: Against (click here to download Ken Yeager' s letter).

2.     Chappie Jones, San Jose Councilmember, District 1: Against (verbal).

3.      Jason Baker, Ex Campbell Mayor: Against (verbal).

4.     Evan Low, California State Assembly: Against, waiting for his formal statement.

5.     Jim Beall: Has cancelled our meeting due to scheduling changes.

 

Campbell City Council

Note that City Council members may not indicate how they may vote on an appeal.

1︎.      Mayor Paul Resnikoff: Met with him.

2. ︎     Vice Mayor Rich Waterman: Met with him on several occasions.

3.      Jeff Christina: He requested a meeting with us. We met with him for over 2 hours.

4.      Susan Landry: Met with her on several occasions.

5.      Liz Gibbons: Met with her once.

 

City of Campbell Staff

 

Campbell Planning Department: Daniel Fama, Sr. Planner, and Paul Kermoyan, Community Development Director.

September 12, 2017 (see CFSG - City Campbell Meeting Minutes 9-12-17 Final.pdf).

November 08, 2017.

 

Campbell City Manager: Brian Loventhal.

November, 2017

 

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