Costco Gasoline Station Project Information
The City of Tustin recently approved the addition of a new Costco gas station at its Tustin Ranch location. The project was thoroughly reviewed by the City Council and Planning Commission during three public hearings between June and October 2019. In compliance with State law and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), several environmental studies were completed to evaluate, at a minimum, if any significant traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality impacts would be created by the project. As additional concerns were raised by the public, additional analyses were completed. Upon completion of the studies, all required legal findings for approving the project were met.
The project approval process was legal, sound, and always with our community in mind. The project has received wide support from the community, however, in order to respond to questions regarding the project, links to the studies and answers to frequently asked questions can be found below or at Costco Gasoline Station Project.
- What is the current status of the project for the new Costco gasoline station in Tustin Ranch?
- Why did City Council members decline to have private meetings with individuals before the appeal hearing?
- How many emails did the City Council receive in advance of the Appeal Hearing on October 15, 2019, and what position on the project did they want?
- How many gasoline pumps will the project actually contain?
- What will be the hours of operation for the new gasoline station?
- Why did the new gasoline station not need an environmental impact report (EIR)? Was the exemption a loophole?
- What studies have been completed to support the City Council action on the project?
- How are greenhouse gases emissions estimated and air quality evaluated to know if the new station will have any adverse impacts on public health? Is vehicle idling included in these assessments?
- How will the traffic be handled on the site and on the streets surrounding the new gasoline station?
- What if a major traffic jam is created with cars waiting to get gas at the new Costco location – what happens then?
- What will happen to my property value if I live near a gasoline station?
- The new Costco gasoline station will drive out other smaller, independent gas station owners in the City compelling everyone to buy gas at Costco. Does the City not care about small businesses?