A General Municipal Election will be held November 2, 2010, for the submission to the voters of the Marina Center LCP Amendment Ballot Measure which would submit the question to voters whether or not to amend the City’s certified Local Coastal Program (LCP) to revise text and maps associated with the LCP’s Land Use Plan (LUP), which is the relevant portion of the City of Eureka’s General Plan, and to revise maps associated with the LCP’s Implementation Plan (IP), which includes the zoning district maps, with respect to approximately 43 acres generally bounded by Waterfront Drive to the north and west, Washington Street to the south, and Broadway (Highway 101) to the east and commonly referred to as the “Balloon Track” property. In addition, the ballot measure would add a Q Qualified Combining District to ensure that uses at the site are restricted to development that causes no more or more intense environmental impacts than those already examined in the Marina Center Mixed Use Development Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR analyzed the potential impacts of 313,500 square feet of retail space, 104,000 sq. ft of office space, 72,000 sq. ft. of multi-family residential housing (54 dwelling units), 70,000 sq. ft. of light industrial space, 14,000 sq. ft. of restaurant space, 12,500 sq. ft. of museum space, 1,590 parking spaces, and an 11.89-acre wetland reserve.
Furthermore, the Q Qualified Combining District would prohibit the development of “Discount Superstores” on the property. “Discount superstore” means a discount retail store that also contains a full service grocery department under the same roof that shares entrances and exits with the discount store area. Such retail stores exceed one hundred thousand (100,000) square feet of gross floor area and devote at least five (5%) percent of the total sales floor area to the sale of non-taxable merchandise. “Sales floor area” means only interior building space devoted to the sale of merchandise, and does not include restrooms, office space, storage space, automobile service areas, or open-air garden sales space. “Nontaxable merchandise” means products, commodities, or items the sale of which is not subject to California State sales tax. These stores usually offer a variety of customer services, centralized cashing, and a wide range of products. They usually maintain long store hours seven (7) days a week. The stores are often the only ones on the site, but they can also be found in mutual operation with a related or unrelated garden center or service station. Discount superstores are also sometimes found as separate parcels within a retail complex with their own dedicated parking.
The Marina Center LCP Amendment Ballot Measure also includes a provision that specifies that the LCP Amendment may only be amended by simple majority vote of the voters of the City of Eureka. Ten years after the effective date of the Amendment, however, the City Council may repeal all or part of the Q Combining District without further vote of the people, so long as the City complies with CEQA before approving any such amendment. In the event that the City Council repeals the Q Combining District, the regulations of the underlying zoning districts applicable to the property would apply.
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