When Burbank refused to get rid of any of its RDA employees after the Legislature eliminated it in 2011, we knew this town was going to be defiant. Obviously missing the point of the action (which was long overdue), tomorrow night’s planned council discussion only proves that they still want to act like one:
Golden State Specific Plan – Discussion about Issues and Opportunities – Community Development Department
A discussion with the City Council to consider what is important for the Golden State Specific Plan (GSSP) study. This is an opportunity for the City Council to imagine possible land use scenarios that would promote an economically vibrant area.
When you hear the word “opportunity,” always duck. An opportunity for whom?
The area became an aerospace and manufacturing hub in the 1940s until Lockheed left the area in the 1990s. After Lockheed left, the area saw a gradual change of land uses and the economy shifted from heavy manufacturing uses to post-industrial uses. In 2010 the area had approximately 10,000 jobs with approximately 23% of those was classified as manufacturing. The information sector provided approximately 26% of the employment in the area.
Exhibit B shows the variety of land uses that currently exist in the GSSP area. Uses include a mix of commercial and office uses, retail, three hotels, light industrial clusters, media and technology clusters, light industrial including uses associated with aerospace and machine shops. The area is predominantly a mixture of uses from block to block. The GSSP also includes single and multi-family neighborhoods to the south east.
Multi-family neighborhoods? Oh yeah. In these directly following paragraphs you can tell that staff wants them gone as-is.
The 2035 General Plan calls for the Golden State Commercial/Industrial corridor to support a diverse range of employment opportunities and to continue to play a key role in the City’s economy. The General Plan also calls this area out as a place for further study and the creation of a specific plan. The GSSP is an opportunity for the City Council) to plan for the future of the Golden State area.
Staff has begun the background research for the GSSP and will be building on the work done through the Burbank study. Prior to moving forward with the study, staff and AECOM want to understand what is important to the City Council when imagining possible land use scenarios. For instance, what are some of the opportunities for economic growth in the area? What should a future Golden State neighborhood look like? Will more people live there? Should we plan for additional housing? How will residents and employees get around? How will the neighborhood relate to the rest of the city?
We love the phony tone of this agenda item. You just know they already have specific things in mind to “explore.” This 2035 Plan — which Gordon knowingly voted against several years ago for this very reason — is being used as a phony template for Big Development.
Should development be clustered around the existing and proposed Metrolink stations? What sorts of businesses should be pursued for the area? Should we consider flexible zoning that would allow different uses such as office, light industrial, commercial, retail, and housing to exist in the same district? These are some the questions we hope to answer through the process of creating a plan for the Golden State area.
Hey, that’s it! Mixed use! Why didn’t we think of that? Just imagine how much more “economic growth” we can get in there near the airport if we just flex around the zoning a bit!
Because economic growth is what it’s all about, people.
The council needs to nix this idea right out the chute. Staff just wants to rezone that area in order to create more profit centers for their out-of-town developer friends, because “economic development” is always code for Big Development in Burbank. There’s no “plan” we need to “create.”
Leave the area alone, council. And leave those neighbors alone. It’s gotten crowded enough over there without putting in more apartment complexes on top of whatever.
Burbank’s developed enough. It’s time to conserve and improve. Let’s get some slow-growth candidates running next year too. Real ones, not frauds.