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UPDATE: Pass Residents Attend County Scoping Session on 'I-10 Gateway Center'

Submitted photo of Beaumont and Cherry Valley residents among people waiting for a county planning hearing to start in downtown Riverside, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.
Submitted photo of Beaumont and Cherry Valley residents among people waiting for a county planning hearing to start in downtown Riverside, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.
Update 11:30 a.m. The county planning department has updated the Environmental Impact Report consultant for the "I-10 Gateway Center" project as Christine Jacobs-Donoghue of First Carbon Solutions.

The contact number for First Carbon Solutions is 909-884-2255, and the street address is 621 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 100, San Bernardino CA 92408, according to county project planner Paul Rull.

A Notification of Preparation period for the project began Jan. 6 and will run 45 days to conclude Feb. 19, according to county staff.

Posted 2:40 p.m. Several residents of Beaumont and Cherry Valley attended a Riverside County Planning Department scoping session Monday to hear more about a proposed "I-10 Gateway Center" that includes an industrial distribution facility with two buildings totaling 2.56 million square feet.

The planned facility will be located "on 246.5 gross acres, of which approximately 171.1 acres would be developed as part of the project," north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, east of Interstate 10, and west of Vineland Street, according to county planning department records.

The agenda item for the scoping hearings lists the following:

Area Plan: The Pass

Zoning District:  Cherry Valley

Supervisorial District:  Fifth

Project Planner: Paul Rull

Environmental Impact Report No. 534

Applicant: TSG Cherry Valley, LLP

Environmental Impact Report Consultant: Michael Brandman Associates

The purpose of the scoping session is described by county planning department staff as follows:

"Pursuant to Sections 15060 and 15081 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, the County of Riverside has concluded that implementation of the proposed project could have a direct or indirect impact on the environment.

"Accordingly, the County has determined that preparation and evaluation of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the project is warranted."

As part of the Notification of Preparation process, TSG Cherry Valley requested the scoping session to brief the county planning director, the public, "and all responsible and trustee agencies" on the nature and extent of the project, and to allow the planning director and the public to identify issues that should be addressed in the environmental impact report, according to county staff.

"The scoping session is not a public hearing on the merits of the proposed project and the planning director will not be taking an action on the project," the county staff report for the scoping session states.

The Notification of Preparation period began Jan. 6, will run 45 days to conclude Feb. 19, according to county staff.

About 20 residents waited outside a meeting room for the scoping session, where it was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside, according to two who called Banning-Beaumont Patch.

To view the entire scoping session staff report visit http://planning.rctlma.org/Portals/0/hearings/dh/dh2014/agendas/rdh_012714/01-27-14_DH-AGENDA.pdf.
Libi Uremovic January 27, 2014 at 09:13 PM
congrats to the citizens for taking an early stand ... it looks like a good turn out - power to the people..!!
calimesajim January 27, 2014 at 09:30 PM
This proposed project would be a disaster in terms of traffic on Cherry Valley Bl. and the I-10 interchange. It would negatively affect the air quality endangering elderly persons who reside in the vicinity. It would disrupt the peace and quiet of persons living in the area. It would endanger school children on buses for field trips to Oak Glen. This is not an appropriate location for such a development. Oppose the project and oppose any zoning change. This is IMPORTANT!
Judy Bingham January 28, 2014 at 09:24 AM
At the meeting we were told the environmental consultant hired by The Shopoff Group, Real Estate Investment Capital, is First Carbon Solutions,and the person doing the report is Cristine Donohugh (sp?).
Judy Bingham January 28, 2014 at 09:36 AM
The room was filled with concerned citizens from Cherry Valley, Beaumont, and Calimesa who spke of their concerns and asked questions which must be answered in the draft EIR I cannot emphasize enough that we must be vigilant and keep an eye on this project. It is detrimental to the health and well being of all Pass area residents. We must stop it ! This is an election year and Gateway project is in County Supervisor Marion Ashley's District. Start writing him early and often.
Judy Bingham January 28, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Great places to live don't just happen....you make the difference ! Beaumont Citizens For Responsible Growth will keep you updated on this project. Join our email updates at www.beaumontgate.org
Judy Bingham January 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM
CITIZEN STRENGTH from the Press Enterprise editorial: Citizen involvement in government decisions helps make stronger communities. Beaumont residents took the time and trouble to make clear their opposition to a warehouse project. That effort paid off when the City Council this month rejected the unpopular plan to build more warehouses on the city’s west side. Developers had proposed building 5 million square feet of warehouse space on property previously slated for homes and smaller commercial/industrial projects. But residents objected, voicing concerns about traffic, noise and pollution — legitimate issues for people living in a city near two freeways in a region that already suffers poor air quality. Beaumont City Council members admitted that the public outcry against the plan helped sway their thinking, which shows the value of civic engagement. Democracy works best when citizens are truly involved in the process.
Libi Uremovic January 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM
from the website of first carbon solutions: "our consulting services combined with our sustainability management software and data processing solutions will ensure you achieve your ROI goals." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- translation - the results will be anything the developers want it to be
George Hamilton January 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM
One person has the ability to stop this project in its tracks - Supervisor Marion Ashley. If you get to him and convince him, the project will die early.
Steve Mehlman January 28, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Despite the fact that we only learned about this scoping session by word of mouth, more than 30 concerned citizens showed up. The Planning Officer said that the official notice of the scoping session was only published in the Press-Enterprise and Desert Sun. Because of the size and scope of this project, I recommended that notices for future meetings and hearings also be published in the Record-Gazette newspapers. The Planning Officer said that this would be done.
Steve Mehlman January 28, 2014 at 01:37 PM
The developer has been working on getting this project approved for more than five years. It will take a united effort by local public officials--including the Beaumont City Council--and the citizens of Beaumont, Cherry Valley and Calimesa to defeat this project. So perhaps we need to call a cease-fire in the constant, vitriolic attacks on Beaumont public officials carried out on these web pages and elsewhere. We clearly need their support. What Benjamin Franklin said during the Revolution is equally true in this fight to stop the warehouse: "Either we all hang together or we most assuredly shall all hang separately."
beaumontdave January 28, 2014 at 06:07 PM
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, The Arabic proverb might be a more accurate motto.
Mary Daniel January 28, 2014 at 06:37 PM
One additional fact about this project needs to be known. Previously it was given "Fast Track" status by RivCo which means that the developer is not required to present his plans before the County Planning Department, but can take the completed EIR directly to the Supervisors. This means there will be fewer public comment meetings required because of that skipped step. If there was ever a time for the residents of the Pass area to stand together -- this is the one.
Libi Uremovic January 29, 2014 at 08:50 AM
ben franklin made the statement at the signing of the declaration of independence ... he was referring to the people joining together - not for the people to go along with the british .... the enemy of my enemy assumes there's three parties involved .... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- if the citizens of beaumont can get their councilmen to do their jobs and represent them - congrats ...but it doesn't absolve them of past, present, or future criminal activity ....
Steve Mehlman January 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM
You insult me and I'll be sure to do everything I can to work with you? LOL. Do you really think you will get the councilmen of Beaumont to support you by threatening, insulting, and trying to intimidate them? Time to put a lid on the insults. This is too important for politics as usual.
Libi Uremovic January 29, 2014 at 01:46 PM
i didn't insult you - you have misplaced anger ... it's your community - if you want to continue to allow the corruption just to spite me then go right ahead.... but don't sit up at night wondering why you're government is corrupt....
Steve Mehlman January 29, 2014 at 01:51 PM
You didn't insult me. But you regularly insult the members of the Beaumont City Council. I was making the point that you can't keep insulting them and expect them to work with you. A simple concept. Put a lid on it, please, this is too important. p.s. Heard one of your buddies say that Beaumont "is the most corrupt city in California." For those of us who have lived elsewhere, that's laughable. But even if it were true, there is an easy way to solve it. Vote the Council members out of office.
Libi Uremovic January 29, 2014 at 03:19 PM
'...one of your buddies ...' i don't have any 'buddies' ....your government has brainwashed you ... dividing the populace is the easiest way to control them.... as bennie said - you either stand together or you'll all hang together.... but it doesn't have anything to do with me...
Libi Uremovic January 29, 2014 at 03:23 PM
'... Vote the Council members out of office. ...' beaumont city council are not the ones with power - they're only pawns....
Libi Uremovic January 29, 2014 at 03:49 PM
'...Beaumont "is the most corrupt city in California." ...' it could be - but that would be a determination from the state attorney general's office... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- '...For those of us who have lived elsewhere, that's laughable....' the city admits targeting the residences of solera for higher special tax - that's senior citizen fraud.... where have you lived that the city openly defrauded the seniors....?? but hey - i'm glad you can laugh it off....
calimesajim January 29, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Sure seems these comments are really getting off the subject of the proposed Gateway Project monstrosity that we need to oppose every way possible.
Steve Mehlman January 29, 2014 at 06:52 PM
Agree. Problem is that we need the Beaumont City Council to support us in fighting this project...and some people think hating the Council is more important than stopping the warehouse. It's not laughable; it's sad.
beaumontdave February 01, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Anyone own any Stephens Kangaroo rats or the like. Fringed Toe lizards found in the vicinity would make the project untenable.
beaumontdave February 01, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Oh, and Libi there's way more than two sides involved, opposition needs include CVAN, Calimesa, Beaumont, groups that have had their own battles that must be set aside for the common good and a united front
Libi Uremovic February 01, 2014 at 06:29 PM
who is everyone opposing ...? has anyone seen who's names are on the bonds? ... ... this is about acquiring bond debt ...the warehouse is just an excuse ...

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