City of Coronado

The Coronado City Council was presented with a visual simulation of the water recycling and turf care facility at the golf course during its meeting on Sept. 1.

The project involves the construction of a satellite water recycling facility on the golf course in a graded area surrounded by vegetation and with little if any visual impact to neighbors. The facility is a way for the city to be drought proof and convert wastewater into recycling water that will be used not only for the golf course but the Orange Avenue median, Spreckels and Tidelands parks. A Turf Care Facility is proposed as part of the project and replaces an existing maintenance building.

Three locations were identified as a possible site for the project. Two possibilities were presented to the council during the meeting that are located the furthest distance from the neighbors, about 1/4 of a miles from the closest one, and provide landscape coverage, and preserves views. The staff recommended design A. Both A and B designs were shown in a 3D form and from elevated views. The maintenance building will be graded and sunken down and hidden with vegetation so it will not be visible from the bike path. A tree will be removed from the course.

The installation of story poles were proposed: a red flag will mark the top of the structure and a white one the landscape height. The visual simulation will be helpful during CEQA Environmental Review. There are two ways to access the site from existing maintenance areas. The changes on the fairway will be as follow: Holes 1, 2, and 3 will have increased bay views; Hole 1 will be realigned and maintained par 4; Hole 2 will be realigned with infinity edge green and longer par 5; Hole 3 green will be closer to the bay and maintain par 4; Hole 4 tee will be relocated and reduced to par 4.

Councilmember Marvin Heinze made a motion to approve the story poles to stay up for not less than 10 days.

The motion was approved unanimously.

An update of the release of the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the airport land use compatibility plan for NAS North Island was given to the council. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (SDCRAA) released a draft Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for Naval Air Station North Island and the draft Environmental Report on Feb. 18, 2020 for a 60 day public review.

The city submitted a letter on the ALUCP and EIR drafts highlighting problems. The final EIR for the ALUCP was released and the Airport Land Use Commission Board was supposed to meet on Sept. 3, just two days after this council meeting, to consider its adoption. If the ALUCP is adopted it will be effective immediately.

There are four factors that affect Coronado: noise, safety, airspace protection and overflight. The two most important factors impacting Coronado are safety and noise and include all properties west of Tenth Street. Most of the parcels are in the single family residential zone, the beach, some multi-family dwellings, a few commercial parcels along Orange Avenue, the Hotel del Coronado and the Shores condominium. The approval of the proposed ALUCP would require noise attenuation for new construction and limit future development in three areas: “no property could be subdivided and no new dwelling units could be established within the safety zones, except for ADUs”; “existing nonresidential developments would not be allowed to add one square foot to their property”; and “existing uses could not be changed to what is considered incompatible use such as schools, day care centers, bed and breakfasts, and hotels.”

City Manager Blair King said the city would be encumbered by the compliance plan and 5 percent of the city’s TOT, 30 percent of the sales tax could be affected. “We’re monitoring it very closely, it’s important to Coronado, important to the city’s financial survival and viability,” he said.

Councilmember Whitney Benzian asked the representatives of the Regional Airport Authority, who participated via phone, questions regarding the benefits of this plan to Coronado and whether the residents had been engaged in the process. It was clarified that the Airport Land Use Commission requires the Airport Authority to develop an ALUCP for all public and military airports. The process was started in 2015 and extensive outreach included the development a working group with members representing organizations in Coronado that met 12 times. The group “went through every bit and piece of the proposed ALUCP.” Also three direct mailers were sent to 3,000 property owners in the affected areas. All Airport Authority and ALUCP meeting were noticed.

Councilmember Bill Sandke expressed his displeasure. “We fundamentally disagree on the end of this thing in general and the fact it was written for airports in the middle of nowhere and want to stay that way…our planner mentioned our objections that were summarily dismissed. The needle did not move toward our position one bit,” he said.

Sandke pointed out that the data used for the draft were based on studies done in 2003 and 2009 and since then changes have occurred at North Island. The representatives said that they had just received a letter from the Commanding Officer at North Island saying the data was still valid.

More information transpired as Sandke asked questions. The representatives said even if the draft is approved, the city had much leeway. For example the city of San Diego has not adopted the plan. “The city is allowed to overrule the ALUCP. We’re directed by the state to create this plan and give it to you… The council decides which parts to implement into the general plan or not implement… It can overrule any part or the whole plan can be overruled,” a representative said.

Mayor Richard Bailey made a motion to submit a formal letter requesting a delay for a hearing for two months to give Coronado time to review the plan. Councilmembers Heinz and Mike Donavan planned on giving comments during the upcoming meeting. A motion approving this item was carried unanimously.

Following this meeting the ALUCP board voted to delay a vote so that the city of Coronado could go through the 1,600 page document. Donovan confirmed that a continuance of 30 days was approved by the board.

In other business:

The consent calendar was approved unanimously.

During the City Manager report the following was announced effective Tuesday after Labor Day: the tennis courts at the Cays and next to the library will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m, to dusk; the high school courts are reserved for the pros and high school play; the courts at Glorietta Bay will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sport games are not allowed but practice of cohorts no larger than 12 are allowed.

The city is working on field allocation, and between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11, a schedule will be decided.

The next city council meeting will be held Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.

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