Watsonville City Council returns to vote on townhouse complex and declaration of water scarcity – Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE – Watsonville city council is expected to return on Tuesday night, after its summer recess, to vote on a townhouse complex and a declaration of water scarcity, among other things.

The 21 townhouse complex would be built at 547 Airport Blvd. It would contain a mix of duplex and triplex buildings, with units of approximately 1,400 square feet.

Watsonville city council will vote on Tuesday to approve construction of a 21-unit townhouse complex on Airport Boulevard. (renderings by Lattanzio, Inc. – Town of Watsonville)

Three of the 21 units will be provided at “different levels of affordability,” Justin Meek, senior town planner for the city of Watsonville said at a planning committee meeting in June.

The proposed complex district is predominantly industrial and the site currently houses a metal processing plant where rebar is manufactured.

For townhouses to be lit green, council would need to approve a zoning change from industrial to residential. The change would mean a 3% loss of industrial land citywide, Meek said.

During that June meeting, District 1 Planning Commissioner Daniel Dodge asked Meek and consultants hired by the city if the metal processing activities may have polluted the quality of the soil and the soil. water on the proposed housing site.

“Any project in our community that contains materials containing asbestos, petroleum, ectara, raises a red flag, so I’m asking these questions for reassurance before moving on to city council,” Dodge said.

In response, Jeff Hamilton of MIG Inc. consulting referred to a preliminary environmental report which found no substantial danger at the site.

According to this report, “regulated hazardous substances / wastes and / or petroleum products related to the use of the property” and “above-ground / underground hazardous substance or petroleum product storage tanks” are on site, but do not constitute an immediate threat. Recent reports of soil and water samples for the plot were not readily available.

Drought could trigger water scarcity

City council staff will also hear a statement from Acting Department of Public Works and Utilities Director Christian Di Renzo and Watsonville Water Division Director Beau Kayser that could trigger a water shortage. level 1 water supply.

“The conditions persist in 2022,” the statement said.

If the resolution passes and the water supply shortage is established, a goal of reducing the city’s water consumption by 10% will be implemented. Overuse of water for landscaping will also be more closely monitored, according to the statement.


What: Watsonville City Council Meeting

Where: cityofwatsonville-org.zoomgov.com/j/1604661504

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

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