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Shoreway Environmental Center

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Shoreway Environmental Center


The project site is located at 225 and 333 Shoreway Road, an existing, approximately 16-acre where the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) now operates the Shoreway Recycling and Disposal Center. A portion of the site is within the City of Redwood City. The site contains the transfer station building, the materials recycling building, an administrative office building, and a corporation yard with two buildings where the fleet of trash collection and transfer trucks are parked and maintained. The proposed improvement and expansion of this facility consists of the demolition of a portion of the transfer station and the construction of an addition, the demolition of the materials recycling facilities (MRF) building and construction of a new larger building, retention of the administrative office building, relocation of the weight scale facilities to the rear of the MRF, relocation of the public buy-back center to the front of the MRF building, adjacent to Shoreway Road, the reconfiguration of the site circulation, and improvements in site landscaping and parking. There will be no changes within the corporation yard portion of the site.

The proposed project requires amendment to the existing Use Permits for the facility, and an Architectural Review Permit for the new construction, expansion and alteration of buildings on site. The project will also require grading and dirt haul permits and tree removal permits.

An Initial Study was prepared for the City of San Carlos to evaluate potential environmental effects of the Shoreway Environmental Center (proposed project). The Study found that while the project had the potential for significant environmental impacts, mitigation measures to reduce the potential impacts to a less-than-significant level had been identified and the applicant amended the application to incorporate the mitigations into the project. Therefore, the City has circulated a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review and comment.The comment period closed on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Comments and questions should be referred to Colette Meunier, Project Planner, San Carlos Planning Department, via email at or fax at (650) 595-6764, or by regular mail at 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, CA 94070.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers in City Hall located at 600 Elm Street in San Carlos to consider amendments to the existing Use Permits for the facility, an Architectural Review Permit for the new construction, expansion and alteration of buildings on site, and a grading and dirt haul permit for the first phase of the project which includes relocation of the weigh scale facility and construction of a roadway across the loading tunnel of the transfer station. Subsequently, the Planning Commission considered further grading and dirt haul permits, and tree removal permits, as the project proceeds.