PUBLIC MEETINGS TO ACCEPT VERBAL COMMENTS ON THE BAYLANDS DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (DEIR) HAVE CONCLUDED
The Brisbane Planning Commission hosted a series of meetings for the public to offer verbal comments on the Baylands Draft EIR. They were held in October 2013 at the Community Meeting Room at Brisbane City Hall, 50 Park Place, Brisbane. All meetings were also televised on Channel 27 and by streaming video. Once all comments are received by the January 24, 2014 deadline, the meeting videos will be posted.
Purpose of Meetings
Additionally, the Draft EIR is an informational environmental document which does not make recommendations regarding future land use or otherwise determine the outcome of the City’s planning process for the Baylands. Accordingly, the October meetings did not include any consideration of land use recommendations for the Baylands. Public comments at these meetings were to be focused on the Draft EIR, and not to address land use issues since these are not under consideration at the present time. As discussed in the Section below entitled Baylands Future Planning Process, the public will have numerous opportunities to provide comments and recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding possible land use decisions for the Baylands.
Informational Presentation Series on the Draft EIR, June 2013
This series of presentations by the City’s EIR consultant was held to provide an overview of the Baylands DEIR and assist the community in its review of the document. They provide a general overview of the organization and content of the Draft EIR. In addition, the presentations provide a starting point for those who are interested in undertaking an in-depth review of the Draft EIR in its entirety, or of particular sections.
Please note that these presentations were not public meetings to offer comments on the draft EIR and public testimony was not taken.
The presentations are organized by EIR topics as outlined below (click on the links to view the video recordings and presentation handouts):
The City remains committed to facilitating active and effective public review of the Baylands Draft EIR. Written comments on the Draft EIR are encouraged and can be submitted to the City any time before the close of the public comment period on January 24, 2014. Anyone interested in providing comments on the Draft EIR is also encouraged to review the City-sponsored training sessions held in 2012. Where these sessions specifically covered the Baylands Draft EIR, the previous sessions more globally addressed how to review and effectively comment on an EIR. Here is the link to this information: http://www.brisbaneca.org/eir-training.
The Baylands DEIR is available for review at City Hall and the Brisbane Library, and can be found on the City’s website at http://www.ci.brisbane.ca.us/baylands-deir.