Disneyland expansion gets qualified OK

The Southern California Assn. of Governments gave qualified support for Disneyland’s $ 3 billion expansion plans, saying the proposal adequately addressed environmental concerns.

“Looking at the regional aspects of air quality and transportation, the project appears to pass muster,” SCAG analyst Glenn F. Blossom said Wednesday.

The public agency monitors the regional impact of such projects.

State law requires that an early environmental impact report be made available for 45 days for public review, comment and criticism.

If the city approves the report, Disney could go ahead with plans to build the Disneyland Resort, which includes three new hotels, an amphitheater and a Wescot Center theme park.

While SCAG said the plans address most of its concerns, the association recommended that Disney further reduce the project’s impact on transportation demands by recruiting employees locally and encouraging car pools.

SCAG also asked that it be permitted to review plans on how Disney will reduce its impact on the surrounding area.

The agency’s Eric Roth said that Disney officials apparently had “done their homework” in helping the city put together the environmental report. The report, paid for by Disney, was written by a group of consultants working for the city.

“After an extensive review, our fears of this being a regionally unacceptable project are minimal,” Roth said.

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