Stop the Seavey Loop Industrial Zone because it is:
The worst possible location
Seavey Loop is the worst location for industrial development in terms of the economic, social and environmental consequences. It has dozens of farms that supply local markets, hundreds of residences and a fragile ecosystem, and it is the entrance to Lane County’s largest park.
Not compatible with agriculture
The zone would degrade local food security by removing farmland. It would generate noise, light, air, water and soil pollution, with additional risk during construction and floods. It would be disastrous for horse farm and cattle operations.
The storm water would drain into the Oxley Slough, polluting the water source for many farms.
The concerns regarding air, water and soil pollution are real. One nearby company planning to expand was recently fined $147,788 by the Environmental Protection Agency for excessive emissions of the toxic substance xylene in violation of the Clean Air Act.
The zone would spoil Seavey Loop as a location for U-pick and on-farm sales. Customers will not buy farm-fresh food across the street from industry.
Not compatible with the park
Seavey Loop is the sole urban gateway to Mt. Pisgah. The zone would deface Seavey Loop by extending 30th Ave, placing a large wastewater station at the corner of Franklin, and rezoning farmland for industry along one side of the road. It will also disrupt land use on the remaining farms.
Harmful to species and ecosystems
The runoff will impact the Oxley Slough and Coast Fork Willamette River, which are essential salmonid habitat. More than $23 million was spent to acquire the Willamette Confluence Preserve and Turtle Flats. Millions more are being spent to restore habitat. Critical species include the Western Painted Turtle and the Western Pond Turtle. Their ecosystem will be inundated.
Not economical or feasible
Springfield own analysis of the Seavey Loop option cites poor public safety (worst access for police), poor fire and life safety (area cannot be served at the urban level even with a new fire station), questionable infrastructure (wastewater, transportation and storm water services “may be feasible”) and flood plain issues.
Outrageous costs of over $500,000 per acre ($600,000 per job), not including police or fire services or works at I-5.
Based on a false demand projection
Springfield’s projected demand for industrial land uses the absurd assumption that 450 acres of land are needed for just 375 future employees – at least 10 times more land than is reasonable.
Not compatible with safe transport
Millions have been invested to expand the Ridgeline Trail System to LCC. The industrial zone would impede the critical final connections linking to the park.
Not compatible with residences
The area has over 600 homes. Many would be severely affected by noise and light pollution. Any groundwater pollution would be disastrous since most of the homes are on wells.