Butcher Hill Project
The City of Torrance has released a formal public notice of preparation of an EIR to consider a 248 unit apartment project at the base of Butcher Hill, located off of Via Valmonte and Hawthorne Boulevard. The hill itself and much of the property (about 38 acres) would be preserved as open space, to which the Cities of RHE and PVE would continue to have public trail access via Howlett Park and Via Pavion.
A public scoping meeting for the EIR is planned at Torrance City Hall on Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. to allow all interested parties to provide input on the necessary studies to be conducted. RHE Planning staff will attend this meeting and stress that the traffic studies for the project consider a wide variety of intersections and count times/days, both in Torrance and RHE. We suspect most of the traffic for the project would be going down Hawthorne in the morning and back up in the afternoon, which could exacerbate existing peak hour congestion on Hawthorne. Once the traffic studies are complete, staff, along with our Traffic Engineer, will review them and provide input. The EIR, according to the public notice, will consider aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, land use, noise, public services, transportation/traffic, tribal cultural resources and utility services. As required by CEQA, the project will also need to consider project alternatives which may include consideration of fewer units and a “no project” alternative.
The City and the public will have the opportunity to comment on the Draft EIR when it is published, which typically takes six to nine months to complete. There will be public hearings at which the City of RHE and any member of the public may participate.
Please contact the City of Torrance Planning Department if you have any thoughts or questions.