December 25th, 2012, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Orange County Register
Anaheim clears way for resort-area expansion
Amendment streamlines development process in area around Disneyland Resort.
By ERIC CARPENTER / Orange County Register
Published: Dec. 18, 2012 Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 12:22 p.m.
ANAHEIM – The City Council has cleared the way for a large expansion of the Convention Center and streamlined the development process within the Resort District around Disneyland.
The council unanimously approved the amendment to the Anaheim Resort Specific Plan, the planning document that guides development within the 581-acre resort area.
The Tuesday night approval streamlines development standards and would expedite state-mandated environmental reviews that analyze how projects could generate additional traffic, air pollution and noise, among other effects on the environment.
"(The Resort District) has been a major economic engine of the city," Councilwoman Kris Murray said. "We have to look forward. This is the document that allows us to plan for future growth."
The approval clears the way for the Anaheim Convention Center to accommodate up to:
•an additional 400,000 square feet of Convention Center exhibit space
•180,000 more square feet of commercial space, for businesses such as restaurants and retail
•40,000 square feet of additional meeting and ballroom space
•900 hotel rooms on the city's property
The city-owned Convention Center has undergone five major expansions since it opened in 1967. It now has 815,000 square feet of exhibit space, which makes it the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast.
Next month, the Grand Plaza is expected to open – providing an additional 100,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space.
City officials cited statistics that show there is reason for optimism about growth in the Resort District. Revenue from the city's hotel-bed tax has nearly doubled in 12 years – from $45.4 million in the 1999-2000 fiscal year to $90.4 million.
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