VONNE BARNES, Rancho San Clemente Community Association Board President
Amazon’s massive trucking terminal, operating 24/7 for the proposed “last mile” delivery hub, runs along hundreds of homes, as well the very popular Ridgeline Trail.
Calling the facility a warehouse is a misnomer, as packages are not stored in Amazon “last mile” hubs. Packages are transferred from large tractor-trailers to hundreds of waiting vans queued up to deliver parcels. Amazon’s planned use of thousands of delivery drones will disturb residents and trail users; and implementation of “driverless” tractor-trailers will share bike lanes with students cycling to and from school.
According to a city staff report, our city’s Centennial General Plan “focuses on quality of life. It reflects the needs and values of a mostly built-out community, with increased emphasis on quality of life …”
The site for Amazon’s last mile hub is located on the last 20-acre parcel in the “mostly built-out community.” This is our last chance to develop the area wisely.
Alternate uses for the site may include hospital, Olympic training center, executive golf course, special events center, recreational (pickleball, tennis, skate park, miniature golf, BMX, ATV, other), hotel, organic farm, lake and restaurant, satellite college, diversified businesses or other developments that will increase the quality of life in San Clemente.
Rancho San Clemente’s Community Association (RSCCA) has submitted a resolution, which includes detailed source references, to the city council and Planning Commission.
To review or download the resolution, go to rscca.com/Resource%20center/Resolution_Amazon%20.pdf.
To sign the petition in opposition to the Amazon facility, go to change.org/p/sc-citycouncil-and-sc-planning-committee-no-amazon-warehouse-in-san-clemente.
To send suggestions for alternate uses to the city council and planning commission, email
Protect our quality of life. Oppose Amazon’s “last mile” trucking terminal in San Clemente.