What can you do?
In order to proceed, the required legal and environmental documents must be approved by the City Council. You can contact Council Members and request they vote no when this matter is on their agenda. With three no votes, the project will not be allowed to be constructed at the proposed location at South Bonnyview Road and Bechelli Lane.
YOU CAN CONTACT THEM REPEATEDLY AND ASK FOR THEIR NO VOTE ON THE GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT.
YOU CAN SHARE THIS WEBSITE WITH EVERYONE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA LISTS AND URGE THEM TO DO THE SAME.
YOU CAN SHOW UP AT THE PLANNING COMMISION AND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO MAKE THEM AWARE OF THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF THIS PROJECT PROCEEDING AT ITS CURRENTLY PROPOSED LOCATION.
The River Crossing Marketplace/COSTCO permitting process is well on its way. The General Plan Amendment (GPA) and the Project Specific Plan (PSA) have been drafted and the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared. We, the Bonnyview Bechelli Coalition, had the EIR reviewed and substantial omissions were found. Because of this, the public hearing being conducted by the City Planning Commission was suspended until these omissions were corrected. A new date for resuming the hearing before the Planning Commission has not been set, but it is anticipated to occur in late February or early March. It is important to note the Commission does not have approval authority. But its findings and recommendations to the City Council have substantial weight. Therefore, a negative recommendation from the Commission would be very helpful to our cause.
Who is the Bonnyview Bechelli Coalition?
We believe it is vital this general plan amendment not be labeled a NIMBY matter. We support the current General Plan which establishes the current location as SC, shopping center, permitting commercial buildings up to 75,000 square feet of floor space. COSTCO alone is 152,000 square feet. And there would be an additional 62,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and most importantly 30 gas fueling stations. The site as now legally existing is approximately 18 acres, the GPA would increase this 172% to 31 acres. This is not a small amendment. This project will not have a minor effect on the South Bonnyview Road and its neighborhoods.
The Bonnyview Bechelli Coalition (BBC) is a volunteer group of homeowners, residents, company owners, landlords and businesses located in the directly affected neighborhood. Other BBC members also use South Bonnyview Road and Bechelli Lane frequently and necessarily, and are severely affected if the River Crossing Marketplace/COSTCO project is constructed at its proposed location. We would be pleased to be joined by other citizens of the City of Redding who share our concerns and understand the entire City and adjacent areas will suffer from the negative impact of this project at the proposed location.
We are finding it is a daunting task to oppose a project being proposed by a large developer, a major corporation and aggressively promoted by some elected representatives and City staff. Prior to taking on this task, we consulted with experienced developers, major construction representatives, prominent citizens, homeowners and owners of companies and industries. Then we concluded this project would be severely detrimental to the City, the neighborhood, the community economic health and safety. All these conditions will be worse in the future.
So, BBC has no objection to the construction of a commercial project in keeping with the well thought out General Plan that has existed for at least 20 years. The current proposal, in our opinion, is a panic response by some City officials to keep COSTCO from relocating outside of the City, resulting in a loss of over $4 million in sales taxes. We find it ironic that COSTCO and other retailers do not pay sales taxes, we as consumers do. Retailers collect them from us and pass them onto the government.
And we do not believe COSTCO will leave the City. We are convinced there are alternative locations, in the City. The EIR stipulates one of these is preferred to the Bonnyview Bechelli location. It should be aggressively pursued by all parties involved.