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Diridon Station EIR workshop slides

  1. 1. DIRIDON STATION AREA PLAN ~ REFRESHER Greenbelt Alliance, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Working Partnerships, USA
  2. 2. Workshop Partners !  !  !  !  !  !  !  !  !  Greenbelt Alliance Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Working Partnerships, USA Public Advocates Friends of Caltrain Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter TransForm Silicon Valley Leadership Group SPUR
  3. 3. Details "  "  "  "  Site Area = 250 acres Existing Transit= Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus, Amtrak, ACE * Avg. weekday ridership for Caltrain= 5,800 passengers Proposed Transit= BART, Bus Rapid Transit, High Speed Rail Preferred Land Uses: * Commercial/R&D/Light Industrial= 4,963,400 sq. ft. * Retail/Restaurant= 424,100 sq. ft * Residential= 2,588 units * Hotel= 900 rooms * Ballpark= 32,000 seats* (now what?)
  4. 4. Constraints/ Assumptions Proposed new baseball park (what might go there now that MLB made a decision?) "  CA High Speed Rail alignment "  Realignment of Autumn Parkway "  Completion of the Los Gatos Creek Master Plan (the section between Santa Clara St and Park Ave) "  Protection of employment lands "  Building height restrictions due to airport " 
  5. 5. Other considerations Alameda Urban Village "  West San Carlos Urban Village "  Good Neighbor Committee s Framework for Implementation " 
  6. 6. Envision San Jose 2040
  7. 7. Our Goals Homes, including affordable homes "  Complete Pedestrian/ Bicycle connectivity "  A focus on parks and creeks "  Parking and Transportation Demand Management "  Transit connectivity "  Placemaking: An economic generator "  Quality local jobs " 
  8. 8. GREENBELT ALLIANCE Adam Garcia Policy Researcher Diridon Station Area Plan Commenting on the Program Environmental Impact Report Jan. 30, 2014! Draft EIR Commenting 201
  9. 9. CEQA’s Role in Development ◽ Passed by Governor Reagan in 1970 after the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ◽ Ensures environmental impacts are considered during the decision-making process for public or private projects ◽ No CEQA police, public/private influence or Agency lawsuits
  10. 10. CEQA’s Role in Development Purpose ◽ Disclose environmental impacts ◽ Identify ways to avoid damage ◽ Prevent significant unavoidable damage with reasonable mitigations ◽ Provide reasons for a project’s approval despite significant environmental impacts ◽ Encourage interagency cooperation ◽ Enhance public participation in the planning process
  11. 11. Hire a consultant to draft an EIR. Notify the public there will be a draft EIR released on a certain date for a given amount of time. Incorporate public comments on project into a final EIR including our agency response to each question asked. PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD Consider mitigations to significant impacts produced from the project. Make a final decision on the project.
  12. 12. CEQA’s Project Review & Timeline ◽ Awareness of planning activity or projects in your area ◽ Write a form letter to the lead agency to receive future notices on a project ◽ Review the environmental determination of a project ◽ Familiarize yourself with the key findings of the document ◽ Strategize how you can use your resources to send your informed analysis on the project ◽ Write a comment letter to the lead agency regarding your concerns on the impacts of the project and potential mitigations
  13. 13. EXAMPLE'DATES' Reviewing and Commenting on an Environmental Impact Report Comment Letter Due Date 5/10/13 Comment Letter Timeline 30-day 45-day 60-day 3/16/13 3/1/13 2/14/13 Familiarize yourself with the proposed Project or Plan and develop your own goals in the context of the project's goals 3/18/13 3/3/13 2/21/13 Consider additional secondary goals 3/21/13 3/6/13 2/27/13 Review and familiarize yourself with mitigation measures that are appropriate to addressing your goals 3/26/13 3/16/13 3/1/13 Conduct a thorough review the relevant Elements/Sections of the proposed Project 4/5/13 3/21/13 3/6/13 Determine what allies should be contacted to support particular sections, or specialties 4/10/13 3/26/13 3/11/13 Begin to review the Plan's EIR 4/15/13 4/5/13 4/15/13 Following your review, compile resources to begin drafting EIR comments based on your analysis 4/20/13 4/15/13 4/20/13 Make bullet points of the main findings from your review 4/25/13 4/25/13 4/25/13 Draft a letter with your main findings from the Plan's EIR analysis 4/28/13 4/28/13 4/28/13 Send draft letter to colleagues for review 5/2/13 5/2/13 5/2/13 Edit and update EIR comment letter 5/6/13 5/6/13 5/6/13 Submit EIR comment letter 5/10/13 5/10/13 5/10/13 Comment Letters Due
  14. 14. Measuring Environmental Impacts ◽  Aesthetics ◽ In what way are you an every day expert? ◽  Air Quality ◽  Hydrology/Water Quality ◽ Whose expertise could you rely upon for ◽  Land Use/Planning support? ◽  Noise ◽  Population/Housing ◽  Public Services ◽  Recreation ◽  Transportation/Traffic ◽  Utilities/Service Systems
  15. 15. Measuring Environmental Impacts & Mitigations ◽ Global Warming Impacts ◽ Cumulative Impacts ◽ Environmental Setting, or ◽ Mandatory Findings Baseline Conditions of Significance ◽ Compare Anticipated Impacts ◽ Mitigation Measures to Baseline Conditions ◽ Alternatives Analysis ◽ Significant Effect on the Environment ◽ Direct vs. Reasonable Foreseeable Indirect Effects ◽ Significant Irreversible Changes ◽ Growth-Inducing Impact
  16. 16. How to Comment Effectively ◽ Awareness of current planning activity for the project ◽ Write a form letter to the lead agency to receive future notices on the project ◽ Review the online resources describing the project ◽ Anticipate the key findings of the project’s documentation and potential shortcoming in the project's environmental review ◽ Strategize how you can use your resources to send an informed analysis on the project ◽ Draft an outline of an comment letter to the lead agency regarding your concerns on the impacts of the project and recommended mitigations
  17. 17. How to Comment Effectively ◽ Decide on your concerns/goals and read relevant sections first; think through your questions as you read the project’s documents ◽ Emphasize your local expertise but base your comments on data, not emotion ◽ Be specific, succinct and professional ◽ Use standard intro, body and conclusion format ◽ Cite sections of the project’s documents directly, focus on facts and quote relevant professionals and reports ◽ Make sure your take home message is clear
  18. 18. How to Comment Effectively Does the Draft EIR provide a clear line of reasoning in its conclusions related to impacts, their level of significance or non-significance, and the level of mitigation that would be achieved by proposed mitigations measures?
  19. 19. Diridon Station Area Plan Issue Areas for this Workshop ◽ Transportation ◽ Parking ◽ Bicycle and Pedestrian Realms ◽ Riparian Corridors ◽ Affordable Housing What are your biggest concerns?