December 6, 2016
Morro Bay Planning Commission RE: UPO-440, CPO-500
We are almost back to square one from the September 6th Planning Committee Meeting. The Morro Bay Stakeholders asked that the decision on the tank demolition project be put back to give the community time to review the project. Yet on November 29th, 2016 we received the Staff Report on the the project prepared for the December 6th, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting. In the time between the September 6th Planning Commission Meeting and the recent Staff Report, the volume of material to be removed has grown steadily from an estimated 36 cubic yards to an estimated 150 yards and the number of expected 80,000 round trip loads has gone from 6 per day to up to 15 per day!
These are facts that I have carefully cited from several well documented sources in the references below.
The following is an analysis of the dramatic difference between the original estimates of the total materials to be removed between the the time of the July 25, 2016 Initial Study and Checklist, and the current Staff Report dated December 6, 2016. They are organized to reflect how the volume of material and the resulting loads have increased over time.
Volume of material to removed, shifted on site, and area to be disturbed.
July 25, 2016- 1st estimated cubic yards to be removed
According to the Exhibit C, Initial Study and Checklist dated July 25, 2016(submitted at the September 6th, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting), the volume of material to be removed from the site is as follows:
Page 3, paragraph 1: …approximately 24 cubic yards of shot-crete located along a central line…
Page 4, paragraph 1… approximately 12 cubic yards of soil removed to expose underground pipe…
Page 4, paragraph 1 states 20 yards of material are to be shifted
The total material to be removed is 36 cubic yards of material, from this portion of the Mitigated Negative Declaration.
October, 2016- 2nd estimated cubic yards to be removed
The October, 2016 Bedford Demolition Plan states on age 15, paragraph 1, that: Metals – fifty loads
Debris – four loads
Domestic trash miscellaneous debris – two loads. A total of 56 Loads will be hauled away.
November, 21, 2016- 3rd estimated loads to be removed
Truck Traffic Impact Analysis, Completed by Diversified Project Services International on November 21, 2016 stated on Page 1:
A total of 1,050 yards of concrete is anticipated to be removed
December 6th, 2016- 4th estimated cubic yards to be removed
According to the updated Staff Report of December 6th, 2016, B-1, Exhibit B, Sheet 2, titled Demolition Plan Exiting Tanks and Piping, the following material is to be removed, shifted, disturbed(in fine print, in a map of the site):
1,050 cubic yards of concrete removal 1,950 cubic yards of dirt(cut)
225,000 square feet disturbed area
The total cubic material from the recent Staff Report is 1,050 yards of material, 1,950 yards of material to be shifted, and 225,000 square feet to be disturbed.
Conclusion: the original plan stated that a at total of 36 yards were to be removed, the recent Staff Report(released Nov.29) states that 1,050 are to be removed(29 times the original figures).
Also the amount of material originally to be shifted within the site went from 20 cubic feet to 1,950 cubic yards.
At no place in the original document did they state that 225,000 square feet of material was to be disturbed.
Total number of loads to be moved from the site.
Page 4(page 56 on the PDF packet tiled 09-06-16_PC Packet), of the September 6th Packet of information titled Initial Study and Checklist, paragraph 3, sentence 1 states:
“The project is expected to require 1.5 to 2 months to complete. Over this time, a total of approximately 40 round-trip truck loads would be required, and construction traffic would vary from 0 to 6 trucks per day.
According to the Staff Report dated November 28, 2016(released on Dec. 29th), for the December 6th, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting, Page 1 of the Staff Report, the estimated number of trucks has increased significantly:
“Demolition is anticipated to take approximately 2 to 3 months and will involve roughly 40 to 50 truckloads for the tank, pipeline and pump removal, and approximately 50 to 100 additional truckloads for removal of the concrete foundations and shot-crete”.
The Truck Traffic Impact Analysis, Completed by Diversified Project Services International on November 21, 2016 stated on Page 1:
An anticipated 70 truckloads (10 to 15 per day only during hauling of material) will be required for this portion of the removal.
The total number of truck loads went from a estimated total 40 round trip truck loads, to a minimum of 90 (more than twice the original) round-trip truck loads and a maximum of 15 round-trip truck loads (almost 4 times the original estimate).
The total cubic yardage that is proposed to be removed has grown steadily from 36 cubic yards to 1,050 cubic yards from the original figures in July, 2016.
The number of truck loads of up to 80,000lbs each has grown from 40 loads(6 loads per day) to a a maximum total of 150 loads per day or 10-15 loads per day.
These are significant changes from the figures submitted at the September 6th, 2016, and need serious consideration.
The present Staff Report is a dramatic change in the volume of material being transported through our neighborhood from the application presented on September 6th, 2016! The present Staff Report on the 29th of November shows a volume in cubic yards, representing a 29 fold increase; and an increase that doubles the round trip loads per day!
It seems as though the applicant is attempting to jump the gun, in preparing the site for a future development, rather than just remove the tanks, which would require at least another permit application, if not an EIR!
I recommend that the project be scaled back, to be completed in phases, such as the applicant originally suggested. If the applicant successfully completes each phase a new permit should be required to advance to the next phase.
Morro Bay Stakeholders