Frequently Asked Questions...and Answers
IF SINGPOLI BUILDS ITS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, HOW LONG WILL THAT TAKE?
If Singpoli decides to build their proposed development at the BKK landfill it will take between 7 and 10 years to complete:
Singpoli, on the record, in an open City Council meeting said it will take 3 to 4 years just for construction.
Prior to construction beginning many other activities have to occur: Those include developing blue prints and construction plans for the entire development, changing the zoning of the land at BKK, full compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), approvals from all the regulatory agencies that manage BKK, conducting public hearings, performing required studies (e.g., traffic, noise, pollution, geologic, seismic, groundwater and runoff), getting approvals from West Covina's Planning Commission and Planning Department, obtaining permits (e.g., National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit), coordinating with all utilities for services (e.g., water, electricity, gas and sewer), and obtaining financing for the development. This is just a partial list of what has to occur, and be successfully approved before construction can begin.
Other similar developments in California have needed 4 to 6 years to complete everything that's necessary before construction can begin.
For Porto's Bakery at the Plaza Mall 10 years passed between the beginning of discussions with the City and the opening of the Bakery. 10 years for just a 21,000 square foot building, in a spot already zoned commercial/retail, with all of the utilities already in place, and which required no environmental impact review.