At the regular meeting of the Cypress City Council on November 13, 2017, the hottest news of the night wasn’t part of the agenda at all. Frank Sherren, representing the Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC), announced during oral communications that LARC planned to introduce a new ballot measure in 2018 to rezone the race course property.
The previous rezoning attempt by Measure GG was narrowly defeated in the previous election cycle. Mr. Sherren announced that some of the language in that measure had been changed to address concerns. He insisted that the goal to create a destination town center at the site remained, and that it would keep the same building height and use restrictions.
Most of the Los Alamitos Race Course property is currently in the PS-1A Zone, which permits uses such as hospitals, churches and schools. The use restrictions proposed by Measure GG in 2016 prohibited warehouse and distribution facilities, with horse race tracks allowed as a permitted use until its closure.
Mr. Sherren also announced that in addition to the intended large 20-acre park space provided by the measure (which also played a part in Measure GG), property owner Dr. Ed Allred would donate an additional 8 acres at the corner of Cerritos Ave. and Lexington Dr., as well as pay for the development of this smaller park. The 8 acres in question currently act as a space to store feed for the race course.
The City of Cypress recently finished construction of Mackay Park, a 2.9 acre site, at a cost of several million dollars. Mackay Park marks the City’s first new park in over twenty years, the last being Veterans Park.
While Mr. Sherren announced this new ballot measure, he assured the Council that there are no immediate plans to close Los Alamitos Race Course at this time. He did expect a new specific plan to be submitted to the Council “very soon.”
A schedule of upcoming meetings of the Cypress City Council is available at the City’s website. The next regular meeting of the Council is set for November 27, 2017, following the Thanksgiving holiday.