The Cypress City Council listened to extended presentations from staff, Duke Realty, and Amazon.
They listened to many, many people during the public comment segment of the public hearing for the Conditional Use Permit — although not as many as I expected. In fact, I voiced my approval. However, Councilmember-elect Frances Marquez, who made the Amazon facility a key part of her campaign, did not comment. Neither did Councilmember-elect Anne Hertz.
The majority of comments were in support of the proposal. Some comments were pointed and against the proposal.
Will Amazon build a bridge on Holder Street across the Stanton Storm Channel? No. Further, a condition included in the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) barred truck and van traffic from the Amazon site from traveling south of the Stanton Storm Channel along Holder Street, should the County decide the build the bridge.
What about a wall along the property’s southern boundary to deflect sound? As part of the Environmental Impract Report (EIR), Amazon conducted a noise study. Part of that study looked at the possibility of building a wall, and concluded that a wall would be ineffectual because it would not extend east and west beyond the site’s boundaries. So enhanced landscaping was decided upon. The CUP even lists the sorts of landscaping required.
How will the conditions be enforced? Residents can report concerns over possible violations of conditions to the City of Cypress. Should ongoing verified complaints rise to three monthly or ten over the course of a year, the permit can be brought back for consideration by the City Council. Action is at the discretion of the Council, from placing additional conditions to revocation of the permit.
Will parking be adequate to allow all employees of Amazon and its contracted Delivery Service Providers and Flex drivers to park onsite? Yes. Parking will be adequate, even during peak periods such as Prime Week and the year-end holiday season.
What economic benefits will accrue to the City of Cypress? The City’s staff report lists 1,030 jobs, labor income of $58 million annually, a total annual regional economic output of $136.7 million, and estimated gasoline sales tax of $98,000 — although Amazon has plans in place to convert to an all-electic van fleet, so the gas sales tax revenue will be temporary. Additionally, Amazon will pay a one-time $350,000 road impact fee and make a good-faith effort to hire Cypress residents.
The Council allowed extended comments, and members of the Council asked many questions of staff and the applicants.
In the end, the Council voted 4-1 to approve the the EIR and the CUP. Mayor Pro Tem Mariellen Yarc, who is termed out and will not return in January 2021, voted against the project, explaining that it didn’t fit with her vision of what Cypess is and should be.