Romero said he couldn't support the project without specific numbers.
"Unless I see it I'm not going to believe it," he said.
City Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa said the project was reviewed and approved years ago by the city's now-departed financial director.
The center has been in the planning stages since 1998.
Romero said the project needs to be analyzed for how it would affect the city's ability to provide fire and police services and whether the fiscal impacts would be "shift or new."
For instance, "shift" impacts would occur if the hotel brings more rooms to the city but occupancy rates in other city hotels drop.
Mooney said the commission was only being asked to rule on the environmental report, the rezoning and the general plan amendment for annexation.
He said a more complete fiscal analysis would be ready for future discussions of the project's tentative maps and final approval.
"You're not approving the development plan tonight," he said.
Commissioner Arturo Selwick asked Chang if he planned to ask the city for money to build two streets that would allow access into the center.
"Do you intend to ask the city to put in the extension of Sunset Boulevard and Fiesta Parkway?" Selwick asked.
Chang's associates said he expected "participation on the city's part" but had not finalized the exact cost of that participation yet.
Selwick asked Chang and his associates if they had a plan of what they were going to ask for from the city.
"This is a capitalistic country. Any money we spend reduces the amount we can use to increase the quality of life for the residents," Selwick said.
Chang took to the podium and said he had a conversation with city Public Works Director Mariano Martinez years ago when "Mart" asked him if he was ready to go with the center.
Chang said Martinez told him there was $1.5 million available for public infrastructure at the time.
"Any opportunity like that can help. There needs to be recognition of the sharing," Chang said.
That $1.5 million has been earmarked for various street improvements.
Earlier in the meeting, Chang said he would pay his fair share for infrastructure improvements.
"I hope (the) city will be open-minded. What we say will be reasonable," Chang said.
Mooney said the wrangling over the cost of improvements could occur later in the form of some other kind of agreement.
Chang said he will negotiate a developer's agreement before drawing up tentative maps of the project.
There has been no discussion of how long that negotiation might take or how much money will be required to finance the construction of streets to connect the center with Cole Road and on-site improvements to Scaroni Road.
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