We the undersigned residents of the Parkview Terrace neighborhood are opposed to (1) a 30-acre parcel turned into amusement park; and (2) an outdoor concert arena proposed for fairgrounds/public use area.We believe that our opinions were ignored, and our rights as Vallejo residents and California citizens were not respected during the development of the Specific Plan and the public comment period mandated by CEQA, including the right to provide input to Specific Plan, the right to offer project alternatives, and the right to be given adequate time to comment.
The original Visioning Report was adopted June 2009. It changed significantly with Specific Plan in November 2012. There was extensive outreach and input pertaining to the Visioning Report, not the Specific Plan, which proposes very different financing and land use. For example, the Visioning Report did not contemplate a 30-acre parcel zoned as an amusement park, and far less acreage was devoted to parking.
Public comment on the Specific Plan ended January 10th, 2013. Public comment is not the same as public input.
If we had adequate time to provide input, we would have pointed out that the Specific Plan completely ignores noise problem from the new amusement park and outdoor concert arena. This should have been discussed in EIR and there should have been a section explaining how noise from a concert venue would be mitigated. In fact, the EIR was flawed in that it mentioned a concert venue in one section, but not another, and the concert venue was not mentioned under the Noise section. Given that the Specific Plan and EIR both buried the proposed outdoor concert venue and were inconsistent about the existence of its proposal, we believe that we were not given adequate time to discover nor provide input on it.
Parkview Terrace is located on a ridge right above Six Flags and across Lake Chabot from the Fairgrounds. The lake and hill act as a natural amplifier to sound, and in the past we've had significant issues with the noise at Six Flags that now requires them to notify us in advance of outdoor and amplified music. We will be vigilant about any additional noise resulting from Fairgrounds expansion and any new concert venues.
We respectfully ask that the public comment period be re-opened so that we have adequate time to study the potential noise problem and submit comments and questions to project planners.