Pasadena, Rose Bowl officials seek input on NFL study
|March 22, 2012 - An NFL team in the Rose Bowl? Didn't we decide that a few years ago? Pasadena city officials are seeking input on what issues to look at before allowing an NFL team to locate at the Rose Bowl for a few years.|
|Brenda Gazzar, SGVN|
|PASADENA - City and Rose Bowl officials will be soliciting public input for an environmental study into the potential use of the stadium by an NFL franchise on a temporary basis.|
An educational meeting on the subject will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 3 at the stadium in the Rose Bowl Media Center. On April 12, the public will be invited to "a formal scoping session" to raise issues they would like to see addressed in the environmental study.
The educational meeting "is designed to provide information to the public so they have an opportunity to understand what the (environmental study) will be reviewing, why we're going through this and to explain where the Rose Bowl stands currently," Rose Bowl CEO and General Manager Darryl Dunn said.
The scoping session, on the other hand, is intended to solicit input on issues residents would like to see included in the Environmental Impact Report, such as impacts to traffic, noise, pollution and recreational use of the Arroyo Seco.
"This is an open process and everyone's input is essential in making sure any and all issues can be addressed in advance," City Manager Michael Beck said in a statement.
The City Council recently approved conducting an Environmental Impact Report, expected to cost about $400,000, in the event a team locates to the Los Angeles area after a nearly 18-year absence.
The City Council would need to certify the EIR and amend the city ordinance to increase the number of events of 20,000 people or more from up to 12 to up to 25 a year.
Some neighbors, like Lee Zanteson of the Linda Vista Annandale Association, said there should be at least two scoping sessions since there may be residents who are unable attend the first one.
In addition, members of the public should be able to comment on the city's response to their own comments before the study commences, he said.
"One scoping session does not consider adequate input from the public," Lee Zanteson, president of the Linda Vista Annandale Association said. "The public has no way if they are being heard if they spend the money."
The formal initial comment period for the study began last week and will run through April 15. Another commenting period will take place after the draft study is completed.
Beck said the NFL would be "an economic boon to the city" but that a "fully-vetted EIR is necessary to ensure that any potential impacts are mitigated or managed to protect neighborhood interests."