The second community meeting on the BKK landfill was on Jan. 30 at Cortez Park. This meeting covered similar questions to the first one but received different responses and input.
This meeting also focused on the top deck of the Class III municipal waste landfill, but had more questions that covered the overall area. Unlike last session, there was a limit of one vote for all polls.
There were sixteen questions and two community group discussions with table speakers delivering each group’s ideas. Numbering below reflects what was shown on the poll questions themselves.
1. Are you a West Covina resident?
- Yes - 96 percent
- No - 4 percent
2. How close do you live to the former BKK landfill site?
- 0-0.25 miles - 2 percent
- 0.25-0.30 miles - 4 percent
- 0.30-0.50 miles - 9 percent
- 0.50-0.75 miles - 11 percent
- 0.75-1 miles - 9 percent
- 1-1.5 miles - 11 percent
- 1.5-2 miles - 16 percent
- 2+ miles - 38 percent
1. What do you believe would be the best use of the site for the community?
- An open space/nature preserve with hiking trails - 49 percent
- Park/recreational facilities (from sports fields to picnic areas, playgrounds, amphitheater) - 13 percent
- Private development - 4 percent
- Solar farm - 27 percent
- Leave as-is (city still responsible for annual payment of approximately $500,00 towards bonds and expenses towards completing mitigation measures (required by the post closure plan and supplemental CEQA EIR)) - 2 percent
- Other (if other, please fill out a blank sheet and pass it to staff) - 4 percent
2. Would you support development on the site?
- Yes - 70 percent
- No - 30 percent
3. How much development would you support?
- 100 percent; develop the entire site - 21 percent
- 50 percent private and 50 percent public; a combination - 45 percent
- 0 percent; no development at all, leave the site as-is - 33 percent
4. Would you support selling a portion of the site to a developer for private development if it meant possible revenues for public amenities on the remaining portion of the site?
- Yes - 36 percent
- No - 64 percent
5. What is more important for you as a community member: for the site to generate revenues or provide public amenities?
- Generate revenues - 17 percent
- Provide public amenities - 46 percent
- A combination (self-sustaining development) - 37 percent
5a. If generate revenues, why?
- Pay for additional public safety officers - 5 percent
- Provide more events/programming for the community - 10 percent
- Repair/maintain city infrastructure - 28 percent
- Help with the current budget issue - 57 percent
5b. If public amenities, why?
- Recreational activities - 10 percent
- Open space/nature preserve - 83 percent
- Gathering location for the community - 7 percent
The tenth question’s options were provided by the community. Paulina Morales said that even if an option did not receive a lot of votes that all responses are noted.
6. What are your biggest concerns regarding a private development at the BKK site?
- Impacts on city residents - 3 percent
- Traffic - 3 percent
- Quality of life - 3 percent
- Hazardous pollution - 3 percent
- Management of development/property - 0 percent
- Threats to wildlife/environmental impact - 14 percent
- Lack of open space - 41 percent
- Property tax increase/impact on property value - 0 percent
- Unrealistic building on landfill - 8 percent
- Safety/security and public health - 3 percent
- Aesthetics of development/noise/blight - 0 percent
- Over development/density - 8 percent
- Litigation from surrounding cities - 0 percent
- Lack of control of private developer - 0 percent
- Bankruptcy/failure of development - 5 percent
- Locked into one revenue source - 3 percent
- Gun-shy after loss of 14 million with golf course - 0 percent
- Cost of city money - 3 percent
- Privacy - 0 percent
- No additional city obligation - 3 percent
- Stop the building of hotel, race tracks, and other non-necessary developments, maintain it natural - 3 percent
7. What do you think are the benefits of private investment/development in the community?
- Increased property values - 6 percent
- Removal of vacant and/or blighted area - 9 percent
- Increased amenities to the community - 29 percent
- Increased revenues to the city - 20 percent
- I do not believe there are benefits - 31 percent
- Other (if other, please fill out a blank sheet and pass it to staff) - 6 percent
8. What type of public amenities would you be interested in seeing on the top deck?
- Entertainment (amphitheater/stage) - 0 percent
- Sports (soccer, baseball, football, skate park, etc) - 0 percent
- Hiking trails/nature preserve - 81 percent
- Park (playground, picnic area, etc) - 4 percent
- Community farm/garden - 0 percent
- Fitness Center - 0 percent
- Other (if other, please fill out a blank sheet and pass it out to staff) - 15 percent
9. How do you propose the city pay for the construction and operations of a new public amenity?
- General fund dollars - 3 percent
- Taxing district (similar to a community financial district/enhanced infrastructure financial district) - 31 percent
- Public/private partnerships (Big League Dreams) - 24 percent
- Private - 41 percent
10. What do you think is the greatest obstacle to developing the top deck site?
- Development limitations - 6 percent
- Regulatory agency approval (EPA, DTC) - 12 percent
- Environmental concerns - 67 percent
- Public financing - 15 percent
- Other (if other, please fill out a blank sheet and pass it out to staff) - 0 percent
11. What is the greatest asset/benefit of the top deck site?
- Development potential - 11 percent
- Open space - 60 percent
- Elevation (views) - 17 percent
- Location - 9 percent
- Other (if other, please fill out a blank sheet and pass it out to staff) - 3 percent
This poll asked the community to provide suggestions for desired amenities.
12. What are your most desired amenities for the top deck?
- Hiking trails/nature preserve - 26 percent
- Enterprise - 8 percent
- Horse trails - 0 percent
- Solar farm/solar greenhouse - 41 percent
- Connect with Galaster Park - 3 percent
- Natural wildlife - 3 percent
- Water storage tank - 0 percent
- Community educational facility - 0 percent
- Cross country track/gym - 0 percent
- Observatory/viewing decks - 5 percent
- Community gardens/arboretums/farm land - 3 percent
- Low-impact/recreation - 0 percent
- Recycling Facility - 0 percent
- Geological research station - 0 percent
- Safety - 0 percent
- Soccer field/paint ball - 3 percent
- Shade sails and benches/park - 0 percent
- Above ground greenhouse - 0 percent
- Open space - 8 percent
- RV storage facility - 3 percent
- Storage lockers - 0 percent
- Rehabilitate to what it was, before the golf course - 0 percent
Each option was labeled at the workshop in alphabetical order starting with A as the first bullet point in each poll, but no numbers of total votes for each section have been officially released at this time.
Check back for updates to this article of reactions to the workshop.