Another blow to the people of Bloomington who are fighting against the development of the trucking industry – San Bernardino Sun
Bloomington residents fighting against San Bernardino County for the development of the trucking industry in their unincorporated community suffered another blow on Thursday, July 22, when the Planning Commission approved a storage yard and a maintenance facility for up to 260 trucks and trailers.
Following a public hearing in which 14 people voted against the project, the panel approved the project by a 3: 1 vote, with Commissioner Kareem Gongora voting no and Commissioner Raymond Allard recusing himself.
“In my engineering company, I recently worked for the developer in other jurisdictions,” Allard said in an email following the meeting.
The proposed development is located on a 9 acre parcel almost on the corner of a planned truck refueling station at the southeast corner of Cedar and Santa Ana avenues which residents and the Colton Unified School District also oppose, but the county supervisory board approved on April 6.
Opponents worry about increased air pollution, runoff, noise, and the aesthetic impacts of development, and prefer area retail and restaurants – businesses that will create jobs and improve the plate. tax and the quality of life of the community, without compromising it.
Ahead of Thursday’s committee vote, Gongora said the county should take a break given the 126 letters the county has received from residents concerned and / or opposed to the project. He also asked why an environmental impact report had not been prepared.
“There is a reality ahead of us,” said Gongora, who attended the meeting remotely. “I am still concerned about the lack of an EIR and the baseline that was set. I think the process needs to be improved. I don’t think this project is good for Bloomington.
Opposite school district
Colton Joint Unified, which operates five schools within a mile of the truck refueling station and planned truck storage locations, has 28 acres of land just south and east of the refueling station site for trucks and plans to build an intermediate school there. The district sued the county on May 5 in San Bernardino Superior Court and is asking a judge to order the county to withdraw its approval for this project and prepare an EIR under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
A district spokesperson expressed her disappointment at the commission’s approval of the tank farm.
“We continue to be concerned about the impact of these types of projects on our schools and the health of our students and staff,” Katie Orloff said in a statement. “We will review the additional information provided by the county and consider our next steps. “
In addition to the storage yard, the project located at 10746 Cedar Avenue would also include a 4,800 square foot service area and a 2,400 square foot office building. The facility, designed to service nearby warehouses and distribution facilities, would operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
County: EIR unnecessary
While opponents of the project have demanded an EIR, the county argued, as it did with the truck refueling station, that it was unnecessary, and that studies concluded that the environmental effects would be “less than that. ‘important’.
“The only thing Bloomington doesn’t need is more truck parking,” said resident John Petersen. “I ask that we don’t let Bloomington become another Wilmington.”
Gary Grossich, vice chairman of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Committee, told the commission that the project is failing on various levels and is not compatible with surrounding properties, including several homes located on the northern property line. He said it would serve more as an extension of neighboring warehouses and logistics centers in Rialto and Fontana and not as a storage yard.
“Unfortunately, this project is much worse than a warehouse. In reality, it’s nothing more than an off-site warehouse without the building, ”Grossich said. “But unlike the warehouse, there are no benefits to the community and no jobs, just negative impacts.”
Benefit for the community
Edward Bonadiman, chairman of Joseph E. Bonadiman & Associates, which does the surveying and civil engineering for the project, said the company was following the development code. He called the legal truck storage facility a benefit to the community, not a detriment, as one of the more than 100 illegal tank farms operating in the region.
“Our owner has the right to develop this property. If things aren’t justified, they aren’t, ”Bonadiman said, referring to an EIR. He said residents should be more concerned about illegal facilities operating in the area.
“We are trying to do everything right,” he said. “I think we’ve just become a target of frustration for the community.