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Room with a view: Cypress City Council approves Amazon last-mile facility

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.

Site plan for the Amazon last-mile facility on Katella Avenue at Holder Street in Cypress. Graphic courtesy of the City of Cypress.
Site plan for the Amazon last-mile facility on Katella Avenue at Holder Street in Cypress. Graphic courtesy of the City of Cypress.

4 Comments

  1. When will cypress recidents be able to apply for a job?
    My son and myself would be interested since we would be able to walk there

    1. Author

      Angel,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Walking distance from work would be great!

      Amazon has not said when they will begin hiring, only that they project that the site will be open sometime around May 2021.

      Good luck!

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson

      editor, Orange County Breeze

  2. Might have been nice to show which way is north on the plan. Without a legend I guess the center area is parking?

    1. Author

      Gary,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      With Katella Avenue on the left, and Holder Street at the top, the site plan is oriented with north to the left.

      Why didn’t the City of Cypress include an arrow pointing north? I’m guessing that everybody involved has looked at the plan so frequently and long that details like that became invisible.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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