There is little effort being made to mitigate the negative impacts of the proposed new IKEA at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. between Alameda and Verdugo. There are benefits to IKEA expanding in Burbank: jobs, sales tax revenue, recycling underutilized real estate to more productive uses, and proximate shopping for Burbank and other nearby residents. Unfortunately, these positives do not offset the negative impacts and the importance of mitigating them. We must insist, encourage and help IKEA be a good neighbor. Indeed, mitigation is consistent with the "spirit of IKEA — to create a better everyday life for the many people."
The project's massive 472,000 square foot size generates impacts beyond the store property borders and, without mitigation, the proposed IKEA is in conflict with the Burbank 2035 Plan, the Burbank Center Plan, and Assembly Bill 1358, the Complete Streets Act of 2008. Through a process of omitting or not adequately considering surrounding land uses, the EIR ignores the project's cumulative impacts and is therefore in conflict with the requirements of CEQA.