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Proposed development of a formerly toxic military facility by out of town real estate investors threatens our health, environment, infrastructure and quality of life for years to come. Without your involvement, City of Morro Bay officials can't properly represent our best interests. You can make a difference!
Dear Stakeholder: Please see the linked legal public notice below.
Despite a long list of citizens’ objections, it seems that the City of Morro Bay is once again piece-mealing the Panorama project and skirting around an Environmental Impact Report. This “negative declaration” makes it clear that City officials aren’t willing to respond to citizen concerns in a meaningful and comprehensive manner.
According to the City, stakeholders’ concerns are “less than significant.”
Piece-mealing a project is illegal; this is established California law. Citizens of Morro Bay deserve a complete picture of what is being planned for 3300 Panorama before construction begins. That is why an EIR is critical for to protect the taxpayers, residents, local ecology and the City of Morro Bay for future generations.
There is a statutory public comment period through March 30, 2018. Now is the time to send your written comments to:
City of Morro Bay
Attn: Nancy Hubbard
955 Shasta Ave.
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Today, I heard a City of Morro Bay official describe the approval process for allowing huge (40 ton) construction trucks to utilize a badly deteriorating Morro Bay residential street for purposes of a private developer.
Basically, there is no approval process. It’s just a rubber-stamp. As long as the vehicle meets weight standards for highways (80,000 lbs), it’s A-OK to make several trips a day on an already broken city street. The only caveat was that the City would make a video tape before and after the project to document any visible damage and the developer would be responsible to fix it.
But Mr. City Engineer, it’s not that simple! Damage to our streets is cumulative and it may not show up until after the developer is long gone, leaving the taxpayer to foot the bill.
It quite obvious how much damage heavy trucks cause to our major highways, let alone a tiny Morro Bay street. But a bit of research turns up some staggering facts:
A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) determined that the road damage caused by a single 18-wheeler was equivalent to the damage caused by 9,600 cars. (GAO: Excessive Truck Weight: An Expensive Burden We Can No Longer Afford) The study seems to have based its calculations around the number of axles per vehicle. The study found that essentially, road damage was related to the 4th power of the relative loads. That means that if one vehicle carries a load of 1,500 pounds per axle and another carries a load of 3,000 pounds on each axle, the road damage caused by the heavier vehicle is not twice as much, but 2 to the 4th power as much (2x2x2x2 = 16 times as much road damage as the lighter vehicle).
This writer’s opinion: If we are to allow private developers to use and/or abuse our infrastructure, those developers should assume the risk and foot the bill. The City of Morro Bay can’t afford to fix its streets under normal conditions, let alone with the burden of 80,000 lb loads. Furthermore, road damage is just one of many other possible infrastructure risks that we are taking on. It is my understanding that the developers are taking the position that once they receive the “OK” from the City, they aren’t responsible for anything beyond the obvious/superficial damage as documented by the before and after video.
Yes, City officials are likely excited about possible future development revenues from the jet fuel tank site, but they also have a responsibly to protect citizens from a possible fiscal disaster if this project goes wrong.
Morro Bay Stakeholders aren’t against development. But we do want City Hall to exercise utmost caution and professionalism. Because we simply can’t afford errors of this scale.