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File #: 23-1190    Version: 1
Type: Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/19/2023 In control: REGULAR CITY COUNCIL AND HOUSING AUTHORITY*
On agenda: 5/2/2023 Final action:
Title: CONSIDERATION OF MODEL FLYING ACTIVITY AT FAIRVIEW PARK
Attachments: 1. Agenda Report, 2. 1. US Fish & Wildlife Service Correspondence, 3. 2. Biological Sensitivity Map - Fairview Park Master Plan (1998), 4. 3. California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Correspondence, 5. 4. Excerpt of 4-12-23 Unofficial Fairview Park Steering Committee Minutes, 6. 5. Excerpts from Fairview Park Master Plan - References to Model Aircraft
Related files: 23-1118, 21-364
TITLE:
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CONSIDERATION OF MODEL FLYING ACTIVITY AT FAIRVIEW PARK
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DEPARTMENT: PARKS & COMMUNITY SERVICES
PRESENTED BY: JASON MINTER PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTOR
CONTACT INFORMATION: JASON MINTER PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTOR (714) 754-5065

RECOMMENDATION:
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Staff recommends that an environmental compatibility and biological resource assessment be completed by MIG Consulting LLC, as envisioned by the Fairview Park Master Plan Update, including the existing flying field location and/or other potential locations at Fairview Park, and that the temporary suspension of flying field activity be continued until such assessment is completed, due to current biological activity at the site.
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BACKGROUND:
Since 2019, the City Council, staff, the Fairview Park Steering Committee (FVPSC), and the public have engaged in an extensive effort to evaluate the operation of model aircraft activities at Fairview Park. This review included over twenty dedicated public meeting discussions throughout a combination of City Council meetings, PACS Commission meetings, Fairview Park Steering Committee meetings, and a series of dedicated outreach meetings to specifically consider issues and concerns related to model aircraft operations at the park.
In September 2021, the model aircraft activity was brought before City Council to consider potential alternatives for the activity. The result of this discussion included City Council direction to evaluate the flying activity during the Master Plan update, consider other sites, and permit only gliders going forward. In addition, the City Council direction discussed the need to update the applicable flying policies and documents, prevent impacts to protected habitats and resources, provide mitigation measures for the protected areas, and account for environmental concerns during the policy update process.

On March 21, 2023, staff brought this item back to the City Council for fur...

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