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Sewage Capacity And Overdevelopment

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 10:47 am

How much more overdevelopment can Coronado really handle? SANDAG takes sewer capacity into consideration for their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology when they allocate the 1,001 new homes for Coronado. Why would we proceed with a new sewer system on the golf course that only allows for increased development and density? Why are we already re-zoning Coronado to fit another 1,001 homes before formally challenging SANDAG’s irrational demands? What will ever stop SANDAG from allocating Coronado another 1,000+ homes again in year 2029 and beyond?

The path to increase our sewer capacity began with the sewage lawsuit when Coronado sued Imperial Beach for the rights to the sewage from the new Navy Coastal Campus. When we recently approved the $4 million project to connect the sewage from Coastal Campus to the Cays pump station we learned that we wanted the Navy’s sewage to make the wastewater plant on the golf course “more viable.” But what if the proposed $30+ million dollar sewage plant on the golf course were ultimately rejected by voters? What if we were to discover problems in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that showed us the project was not as environmentally effective as other options? Perhaps now there won’t even be an EIR as Council just approved City staff’s recommendation to draft a mitigated negative declaration in lieu of a complete EIR.

Coronado signed a new wastewater agreement in 2018 that says we will not exceed 3.25 mgd of sewage via the transbay pump station. That means, whatever amount we pump today we cannot exceed that limit going forward. A sewage plant that processes over a million gallons of raw sewage every day only increases our ability to develop beyond our limits. If you feel we have too much traffic, not enough parking, too little space, and want overdevelopment to end in Coronado, then say no to a sewage plant that only facilitates increased overdevelopment into the foreseeable future.

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