At the end of 2017, the saga of how to replace the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool will hit its five-year mark.
And it likely will be another six to nine months before anything definitive will be decided at the state level. An Environmental Impact Review is now at the California Coastal Commission, on appeal from approval by the Long Beach City Council, and the first realistic date for a hearing before the commission is April 2018.
That’s from Tom Modica, the assistant city manager who has spearheaded the pool process. The EIR, site plan and pool design has been fought and appealed since the first public hearing in 2014 over a proposed design.
Most recently, in May this year the City Council approved the EIR (after the Planning Commission’s certification was challenged), and sent the proposal on to the state. It would have gone to the Coastal Commission for approval anyway, but opponents also filed appeals to that authority.
In June, a group calling itself Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) filed a lawsuit over the EIR, saying it did not meet…
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