Friends for a Livable Fullerton (FFLF) is hosting a free informational community meeting about the so-called Red Oak Project at the Fullerton Public Library’s Osborne Auditorium, 353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, at 7 pm on Monday, January 9, 2017.
As the Rag reported last October, The Fullerton Planning Commission approved the 610,182 square foot, 295-unit, 4 story mixed-use development on September 28, 2016 in a split 4 to 3 vote, despite opposition from nearby residents. At least two of the dissenting commissioners cited a lack of adequate parking as a reason for voting against the project (although it should be noted that one of them, Commissioner Larry Bennett, was running for Fullerton City Council at the time). The Planning Commission’s approval included a Zone Change, a General Plan Revision, a Major Site Plan and a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the former auto dealership site located on the 600 block of West Commonwealth Ave.
The high-density residential and retail development is scheduled to be heard by the Fullerton City Council on Tuesday, January 17. The council should consider mounting opposition to this and similar proposals to add more traffic to the city’s already overburdened streets without providing any additional public transportation for residents. Simply locating housing near a train station does not guarantee that residents will commute by train or bus .The council should also pay close attention to the scale of this project compared to the existing older houses next to it.
The Red Oak project will be available for review 72 hours prior to the January 17, 2017 Public Hearing. The Environmental Documents and Presentations from the Study Session and Planning Commission Public Hearing in September 2016 are currently available on the City’s website at the following link: