The Raytheon Co. has proposed new land-use guidelines for its El Segundo campus that would allow the city's largest employer to one day double its current building square footage.
The changes - outlined in the so-called South Campus Specific Plan - are making their way through a city review process that will stretch into next year.
The public has an opportunity until Wednesday to suggest issues to analyze in an environmental impact report. That study - once it is written - and various other land-use documents will eventually go to the El Segundo City Council for approval.
Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems facility at 2000 E. El Segundo Blvd. covers about 140 acres just east of Sepulveda Boulevard. It had been used by Hughes Aircraft before the company merged with Raytheon in 1997.
Raytheon has 7,000 workers in El Segundo, including 4,000 people based at the South Campus site, making it the city's largest employer.
The campus today is mostly built out, with a little more than 1.8 million square feet in existing office, laboratory, warehouse and manufacturing buildings. City planners say current land-use entitlements would allow Raytheon to add an extra 215,390 square feet of development there.
But the proposed specific plan would raise the building cap significantly; it would permit a total of 3.7 million square feet of development within the existing campus footprint, giving Raytheon the potential to build 1.
At a meeting last week, city Planning and Building Safety Director Sam Lee indicated the proposed land-use changes could one day lead to potential roadway improvements through the site, including a Nash Street connector to Hughes Way and an extension of Continental Boulevard.
It's unclear when Raytheon would submit building plans for its campus if the land-use changes are approved.
"We are truly seeking the flexibility to plan and accommodate future business needs," Raytheon spokesman D.J. Sandler said in response to questions about upcoming projects. "Right now in our planning meetings we don't have those options on the table."
In an email message, he wrote that the company is "evaluating and exploring available options for existing property zoning and potentially obtaining additional land rights for future development" at the site.
Lee said he expects the final environmental impact report could be completed by next summer and move to the council in the fall.
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Anyone wanting to comment on an initial study about Raytheon's South Campus Specific Plan - which would allow for significantly more development off El Segundo Boulevard - can do so through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Send feedback to: City of El Segundo - Planning and Building Safety Department, 350 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245, Attention: Masa Alkire, principal planner. Comments also can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read the initial study outlining the company's proposal, go to http://bit.ly/Wsi80Q.