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FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT RELEASED FOR THE DISNEYLAND RESORT

 Nearly 250 Letters Received in Support of the Project;
 Public Hearings Set to Begin Later This Month
 ANAHEIM, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Anaheim released today the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed $3 billion Disneyland Resort adjacent to and including Disneyland. The report includes responses to comment letters received during the 69-day public comment period. The first public hearing on the EIR and Specific Plan will be held before the Anaheim Planning Commission on April 28.
 Of the 306 letters received, more than 80 percent expressed positive comments about The Disneyland Resort. Among these were 10 city and nine Chambers of Commerce resolutions from Orange County and Southern California. In addition, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) which are responsible for enforcing the region's air quality and regional transportation programs, praised the project for its comprehensive and thorough analysis.
 The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that an Environmental Impact Report be prepared in order to assess a project's compliance with local and regional plans, to identify any potential adverse environmental impacts, and to determine what feasible mitigation measures may be adopted to reduce or eliminate those impacts. The complete environmental document has two parts: the Draft EIR, which was released by the city in November 1992 for a mandatory public comment period, and the Final EIR, which responds to those comments. Together, the final document is then reviewed through public hearings prior to final certification.
 Throughout the EIR process, the City of Anaheim has recommended refinements to the project to address the community's concerns and the project's potential environmental impacts. The final environmental document includes 125 project design features and 225 mitigation measures which minimize the project's impact on the environment.
 Kerry Hunnewell, Disney Development Co. vice president responsible for The Disneyland Resort, cautioned, "The proposed design features and mitigation measures, when combined with costly infrastructure improvements, reinforce our concerns about the enormous cost of developing in an urban environment. Without a public-private partnership, this project is just too expensive. No final decision to proceed can be made until the environmental review is completed and the project's financial feasibility has been established."
 From the 20 percent of the comment letters which expressed concern about the project, four major issues emerged: parking structures, traffic, schools and construction impacts. The City of Anaheim has recommended further project modifications to respond to some of these comments.
 In response to community concerns, the West Parking structure was reconfigured in the Final EIR. In order to minimize the building's visual impact, the structure's frontage on Walnut Street was reduced and additional terracing and landscaping was added above the third level. Disney also will install sound walls and acoustical louvers on the side facing Walnut Street and louvers on the north side facing the Conestoga Hotel to minimize noise. These final refinements were in addition to measures stated in the earlier Draft EIR, which included a 43-foot setback from the street, prohibiting Disney guest access to and from Walnut Street, and landscaped buffers between the structure and its neighbors.
 Regarding the schools issue, the Final EIR analysis confirms that the project will have no unmitigated impact on schools. The city received letters from eight different school districts, each stating that creating jobs would significantly impact their schools. Out of the eight districts, four stated the impacts in dollar amounts totaling approximately $220 million, or more than $18,000 per job created by The Disneyland Resort. However, the state has mandated a statutory fee for all commercial projects to mitigate their impacts on schools. Under this law, Disney will pay the maximum mandated state fee of $.27 per square foot of development, totaling approximately $2.5 million, as stated in the Final EIR.
 "Disney has approached the environmental review process extremely seriously and has made every appropriate attempt to minimize or eliminate adverse environmental impacts. In addition to creating thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenues, the Final EIR demonstrates that The Disneyland Resort will do more than its fair share to address its impacts," concluded Hunnewell.
 The Disneyland Resort Final EIR is believed to be one of the most comprehensive and thorough environmental studies ever completed in the state of California. The Final EIR totals more than 3,000 pages and is supported by 10 separate studies. The entire cost of the report, including city staff time, was completely borne by Disney.
 As currently proposed, The Disneyland Resort includes a second theme park -- WESTCOT Center -- as well as hotel, retail, dining and entertainment facilities. According to an independent fiscal impact study, at full buildout, the project would directly and indirectly create an estimated 27,900 permanent new jobs in Southern California; generate approximately $2.4 billion per year in new economic activity in the five-county Southern California region; and produce new revenues of approximately $46 million per year to the City of Anaheim, $14 million per year to Orange County and $90 million per year to the State of California.
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 /CONTACT: Marty Zajic of The Disney Development Co., 818-955-4726/


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