Merced Gateways Final EIR Released (June 2017)/Public Hearings in June/August 2017
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Merced Gateways project is now available. (The Draft EIR for the Merced Gateways project was released for its 45-day public review period from July 15, 2016, through August 29, 2016.) The Final EIR contains the copies of all the written comments received on the Draft EIR and the City's responses to those comments as well as minor modifications to the text of the Draft EIR and Mitigation Monitoring Program. The Merced Gateways project consists of over 600,000 square feet of retail commercial development, 178 apartments, and a fire station on 71 acres in proximity to the Mission Avenue/Highway 99 Interchange.
The Final and Draft EIR's are available for download below in the folder entitled "Environmental Documents" or on CD-ROM (1st copy is free of charge and additional copies cost $5 each) or printed copies may be obtained for the cost of reproduction. A Planning Commission public hearing to make a recommendation on adoption of the Merced Gateways Project and certification of the EIR is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Merced City Council Chambers at 678 W. 18th Street. After the Planning Commission makes a recommendation on the Project, a public hearing will be scheduled to consider final adoption of the Project and EIR in front of the Merced City Council (tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers) . Questions about the project should be directed to the City Planning Division at 209-385-6858.
2012 Public Facilities Financing Plan and Impact Fee Program--Effective February 1, 2013
The City of Merced, with the assistance of a 12-member Task Force, recently reviewed its Public Facilities Financing Plan and Public Facilities Impact Fee program. (These are fees charged to new development based on its impacts on public infrastructure). The Public Facilities Impact Fee Task Force and staff recommended to the City Council modifications to the Impact Fees which result in reductions of 55 to 57 percent for all land use categories. The 2012 Public Facilities Financing Plan is now available. (The document can be downloaded from the "2012 Public Facilities Financing Plan" folder below).
A public hearing on the proposal was conducted as part of the regular City Council agenda on Monday, November 19, 2012, and the City Council unanimously voted to introduce Ordinance #2400 to adopt the new fee program. The Ordinance had a second reading and was adopted on December 3, 2012, with the new fees being effective in 60 days or on February 1, 2013. The fees are also adjusted on an annual basis on January 1st of each year, based on the Construction Cost Index. For the latest fees, contact the City Planning Division or refer to the "Application Forms" webpage under "Fee Schedules." If you have any questions about the Impact Fees or the Financing Plan, please contact the Merced City Planning Division at 209-385-6858 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
For information regarding the Wal-Mart Distribution Center project, please follow this link.
South Merced Community Plan & EIR
The South Merced Community Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Report for the South Merced Specific Plan were adopted by the Merced City Council in January 2008. The documents are available for download below (please scroll down to the bottom of the page under the "South Merced Community Plan" header). For further information on the South Merced Community Plan and EIR process, please follow this link.
Parsons Avenue Bridge over Bear Creek Project
The City of Merced has recently completed a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the “Parsons Avenue Bridge over Bear Creek” Project. This Draft MND is an informational document that is intended to inform decision-makers, other responsible or interested agencies, and the general public of potential environmental effects of the proposed project. The Draft MND is one step in a process to achieve the City Council’s goal to extend Parsons Avenue from southeast Merced to Bellevue Road.
Other Documents Available
The Planning Division has many documents and handouts available on various subjects. Below are several documents related to the City's population from 1900 to the present, demographic information from the 2000 Census, the South Merced Strategic Plan, development in the Downtown area, Small Lot Design Guidelines, as well as environmental documents on various projects, such as the new Mercy Hospital project at Cormorant and G (now under construction) and the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion project. Also below is a list of publications and their cost that can be obtained at the Planning Division offices on the 2nd Floor of the Merced Civic Center at 678 West 18th Street, Merced or by calling (209) 385-6858. Other documents will be added to this page as they become available.