Signal Hill Petroleum Drill Sites Conditional Use Permit - Long Term Extension
The City has received a request from Signal Hill Petroleum (SHP) to extend the time frame of their existing Conditional Use Permit (CUP 97-03) for operation of their seven drill sites 20 years, to continue their existing oil and gas production, storage, processing, and shipping of materials. The Project would not alter or physically expand the scope of their existing oil and gas operations under CUP 97-03. All operations (existing and proposed) would continue to occur within the existing permitted CUP footprint. SHP proposes to install new equipment at the existing natural gas processing facility at CUP Drill Site #2 and drill up to 46 new wells at the seven drill sites over the next 20 years, dependent on approval by the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM). All other operational activity, such as site maintenance, inspections, redrilling, well operation, and fluid processing would remain the same. SHP would continue to operate the CUP facilities (Drill Sites and Central Processing Facilities) in accordance with the existing City Municipal Oil and Gas Code, conditions of approval and mitigation measures, and in continued compliance with existing county, state, and federal requirements, including those published by (CalGEM). SHP would also continue ongoing ‘by right’ oil and gas operations consistent with the City’s Oil and Gas Code (Signal Hill Municipal Code – Title 16) and CalGEM requirements, as applicable.
SHP is seeking to modify CUP 97-03 with the following objectives:
1. Extend the life of the CUP by an additional 20-year term, to expire in 2042.
2. Continue existing consolidated drill site operations, including drilling new wells within the existing CUP footprint on an as needed basis, to continue providing a local source of high-quality oil, natural gas, and electricity, and install upgrades to a natural gas processing system.
ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS SCOPING MEETING: The City will hold a hybrid, virtual and in-person scoping meeting for the Proposed Project to receive comments on the scope and content of the proposed Environmental Impact Report (EIR). You are welcome to attend the meeting and present environmental information that you believe should be considered in the EIR. The scoping meeting is scheduled as follows:
Date: January 30, 2023
Place: Signal Hill City Hall, Council Chamber, 2175 Cherry Ave.
Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86762745388?pwd=K2ExZ1FzeGh3bnQxTDNyUDFLV3N1dz09
If you have further questions regarding this project or the scoping meeting, please contact Community Development Director Colleen T. Doan at 562-989-7344, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Preparation - Posted January 13, 2023
Initial Study - Posted January 12, 2023
Site #4: Heritage Square
In 2018, this site was proposed as the Heritage Square mixed-use residential and commercial development. The City’s General Plan designated this site as a future central business district, mixed-use development. In 2018, a conceptual plan for a mixed-use project, proposed as Heritage Square was reviewed at a community meeting. Public support was voiced for the mixed-use concept; however, the following concerns were registered:
- The height of the residential structure which was 3- and 4-story;
- The density/number of res. units was too great (203 units); and
- An ownership residential product was preferred over the proposed rental type
The current conceptual plans have been revised as follows:
- Reduced height with a residential mix of three-story townhomes within the site and two-story single-family residences along Rose Avenue;
- Reduced density for a total of 72 residential units consisting of 64 three-story townhomes and 8 two-story single-family residences; and
- Ownership townhomes versus rental apartments.
Gateway Center North
- 950 E. 33rd Street and Southwest corner of California Ave. and E. 33rd Street
- Remodel of the existing Target Store
- Three added commercial pads totaling 23,500 square feet
- New self-storage facility
- Developer: Target Corporate and Signal Hill Petroleum
Status: On April 20, 2021, the Planning Commission approved SPDR 21-03 and SPDR 21-04 (see the Agenda here). On May 11, 2021, the City Council approved ZOA 21-01, CUP 21-01, CUP 21-02, the MND, and the Development Agreement (see the Agenda here).
Appendix A (PDF)
Appendix B (PDF)
Appendix C (PDF)
Appendix D (PDF)
2599 E. Pacific Coast Highway
- 7 attached and detached single-family homes
- Applicant: Thomas Jacobs, Agent
Status: The Planning Commission has recommended that the project proceed to a public hearing following completion of reports facilitating an environmental (CEQA) determination.
2750 E. 20th Street
- Proposal to demolish an existing one-story single-family dwelling and construct three detached single-family homes with a two-car garage per unit and three surface parking spaces
- Applicant: Narshima Reddy
Status: The View Analysis has been completed. A Planning Commission public workshop was held in March 2020, and the Commission voted unanimously to bring the item to a future public hearing. The public hearing is scheduled for the September 20 Planning Commission meeting.
Signal Hill Business Park
- A proposed nine-building industrial development, approximately 150,000 square feet
- Located on two sites totaling nine acres on vacant property the east and west side of Walnut Avenue, south of E. Hill Street
- The project includes vacation of a portion of 21st Street, west of Walnut Avenue
- Applicant: Signal Hill XC, LLC.
Status: On October 19, 2021, the Planning Commission approved Site Plan and Design Review 21-07, Tentative Tract Map 80302, and found that a vacation of a portion of E. 21st Street in conformance with the City's General Plan. On November 9, 2021, the City Council adopted the second RMND, GPA 21-01, ZOA 21-02, and a Resolution of Intent to Vacate.
Appendices and Reference Materials are available from the California Office of Planning and Research CEQANet Portal at this link: https://ceqanet.opr.ca.gov/2020029097/2
1450 E. 27th St. and 2655 Walnut Avenue
- A proposed two-building industrial development, totaling 24,000 square feet
- One industrial building and one flex space suitable for retail, office, or industrial uses
Developer: 2H Property 3060, LLC
Status: The Planning Commission held a public workshop on November 17, 2020 to review the project. The project will be scheduled for a future public hearing.
2550 Orange Avenue
- The site was the Majestic Driving Range property which was sold to a new owner in 2018
- The new property owner has shared conceptual plans for an industrial development on the site
- No formal project submittal has been received
Developer: CenterPoint Properties
Status: The new property owner is prepping the site for future sale and development. The site contains multiple abandoned and active oil wells. In 2019, the abandoned wells were located, mapped, and tested for methane emission. Current activity includes demolition of the raised tee box, and removal of obsolete piping and oil field related debris.
2250 Ohio Avenue
- Proposal to construct a two-story duplex in Planning Area 2 of the Hilltop Area Specific Plan (SP-2) zoning district. Each unit has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half-bathroom, and a two-car garage with private driveway spaces in front of the garage.
Applicant: Salvador Cerda and Khanh Nguyen
Status: The second Planning Commission public workshop was held on January 19, 2021. After receiving public comments and feedback, the Commission voted unanimously to continue the project to a public hearing. Prior to a public hearing, the City must make its environmental determination under the California Environmental Quality Act (or CEQA). The next step is for the applicants to prepare and submit the required environmental reports for the City to review as part of their CEQA determination. The date of the public hearing is TBD.
1900 Temple Avenue
- Site Plan and Design Review 21-08 to construct a new custom one-story 2,343 square-foot single-family dwelling with three bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, an attached 628 square-foot two-car garage, and a detached 725 square-foot two-car garage with attached storage, on a vacant 8,165 square-foot lot at 1900 Temple Avenue in the Residential Low Density (RL) zoning district.
Applicant: Roger Vititow Family Trust
Status: The Planning Commission public workshop was held on November 16, 2021. There were no public comments and the Commission directed staff to continue working with the applicant to bring the project forward to a public hearing with a 4-0 vote (one recusal due to residing within the 500-foot conflict-of-interest radius). The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for April 19, 2022. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for public comment: IS MND and MMRP for 1900 Temple Avenue (PDF)
American University of Health Sciences
- Zoning Ordinance Amendment to reclassify the site from Commercial Office (CO) to the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) and the American University Research Academy (AURA) Specific Plan (SP-25)
Applicant: American University of Health Sciences
Status: A Planning Commission public workshop was held on June 21, 2022. A Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for August 16, 2022. A Notice of Intent to Adopt an IS/ND has been posted. Read the Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration, with the Appendices.