City eyes Avenue S development plan Proposal would be part of General Plan, updated 4/2/2019

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.

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