PALMDALE — The City Council tonight will consider discarding plans for a stand-alone study for development of the Avenue S corridor primarily west of the Antelope Valley Freeway and instead work to include that planning in the process of revamping the city’s General Plan, the blueprint for development citywide.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.
In May, the Council authorized a study for development along a stretch of Avenue S between Fifth Street East and roughly 20th Street West, the eastern edge of the Anaverde development. The goal was to create a comprehensive plan before any land use changes were made, as were possible with some proposed projects for the area.
The study was to include economic forecasts and evaluation of land uses, while considering the economic constraints of providing the appropriate infrastructure, compatibility with existing zoning and an environmental study.
However, once the proposals were returned from potential consultants to conduct the study, it was found the project could cost as much as $500,000 and take two years or more to complete.
Additionally, the preferred consulting firm of the two that submitted bids withdrew its bid during the process of working out the scope of the project and negotiating the contract. Starting that process over with the second firm would add months to the process.
“We would spend more money to get maybe an answer six months prior than we’re going to get it in the General Plan,” Assistant City Manager J.J. Murphy said. “It became so vast, the time and cost became prohibitive.”
With the city embarking on an update to the citywide General Plan, it may be more effective to create the Avenue S portion as part of that process, which may prove more cost-effective and timely will avoid any potential conflicts between a stand-alone plan and the General Plan that would have to be reconciled later, Mayor Steve Hofbauer said.
“Let’s see if we can get something where it will plug in later,” he said.
Of concern is the time any such study may take, as the General Plan update is a three-year process. It is hoped the Avenue S portion may be accelerated or focused on those areas where development has been proposed, Hofbauer said.