The City of San Jose Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday night on whether or not to grant the planned development land-use permit agreed upon back in December 2011 that would give theSan Jose Earthquakes the green light on a new stadium located there.
An appeal filed by the Newhall Neighborhood Association, a group of nearby homeowners opposing the stadium site, claims the noise and light pollution restrictions were not worded 'strongly enough' in the current version of the permit, which has been delaying the project, but that could all be over tonight after a favorable vote from the Planning Commission.
Some independent assessments were recently taken of the noise and light pollution from the proposed specs of the new stadium design, and would actually be lower than originally predicted. The Newhall group also has said the Earthquakes are not acting in 'good faith' with local neighborhood leaders, though team president Robert Kaval has said the complete opposite.
Documents released last week show that the Newhall group haven't much of a leg to stand on:
1. The Planned Development Permit, as issued, conforms in all aspects to the Planned Development Zoning (File No. PDC09-004) of the property in that, the proposed project conforms to the approved General Development Plan.
2. The proposed project conforms in all aspects to the provisions of Title 20 of the San Jose Municipal Code.
3. No new information has been substantiated that would contradict the analysis provided in the Project Environmental Impact Report, "FMC?Coleman Avenue Planned Development Rezoning (File No. PDC98-104)" or the finding previously made by the Planning Director in the Planned Development Permit (File no. PD11-002).
You can catch the broadcast of the hearing live on the City's website right here, which begins at 6:30 pm PT.
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