Let’s Work Together for the Good of the Community
The proposed bridge is a gateway to the community and is an opportunity to create a project emblematic of the vibrant energy of the City of Anaheim as a whole, a project that represents an appropriate use of public property and funds for the good of the community.
A project that works for everyone---the Coalition and the community of Anaheim are asking for:
A commitment from the City and Disneyland to form an ad hoc work group, as well as hold additional public workshops. Disney has indicated that they do not want to hold any additional public workshops. This continuing lack of transparency on the part of Disney stands in the way of creating a project that is respectful to the community and in compliance with State and local laws and regulations.
As required by state law, a current and thorough environmental impact report consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act.
A better looking bridge design.
Communities are defined by their open public areas and streetscapes. Sound planning principals serve to create vibrant communities that work for everyone: visitors, residents and businesses alike. The proposed bridge is a gateway to the community and is an opportunity to create a project emblematic of the vibrant energy of the City of Anaheim as a whole, a project that represents an appropriate use of public property and funds for the good of the community and not just the applicant.
Nothing in the project, as shown in the plans that have been made public, looks appealing to viewers from outside the park. State law requires new construction to avoid “aesthetic dissonance.” Urban decay, the law notes, is caused by ugly additions to a neighborhood as well as division of a historically unified area.
- Direct access to and from the Bridge from Harbor Boulevard.
Disneyland and the City of Anaheim are required by code and specific agreement to “provide convenient access to all hotel, restaurant and retail opportunities in the Anaheim Resort to enhance the areawide tourist experience.”
Security clearances will have to be conducted nearer to the park, if not within it. If the security clearances are conducted outside the park, the city will have to consider and mitigate the risks that will come with moving the security clearance from Disney property, where it is now, to a site the city must protect close to hotels, shops and restaurants;
- Public benefit for use of public property.
In exchange for the city granting Disneyland the use of public property for its bridge crossing at Harbor Boulevard, a written commitment from Disney to never close the existing east gate to the park. This gate admits visitors directly from Harbor Boulevard, without subjecting them to a 20-minute hike past, through and over the parking tower, transportation hub, security complex and bridge;
- A comprehensive wayfinding sign program informing visitors of entertainment, lodging, dining and shopping opportunities in the neighborhood.