BEC questions affordable-housing project

Organization argues the environmental review was inadequate

The Butte Environmental Council has filed a request for the Chico City Council to reconsider the Chico Planning Commission’s recent approval of the Harvest Park affordable-housing project on West East Avenue, arguing the environmental review was inadequate.

“This 90 unit, 200-room project is projected to add approximately 540 vehicles trips per day. We do not believe the project adequately mitigates the greenhouse gasses emitted from the additional vehicles miles traveled (VMT) that this project will generate…” reads BEC’s appeal, filed with the city Monday (Dec. 12). The environmental-impact report found that the project would have no significant impacts.

The appeal also requests that the City Council “clarify when the Climate Action Plan will be completed, and explain how development can proceed without a CAP adopted.”