April 23, 2010

Second + PCH Draft EIR Available

The City of Long Beach just released the Second + PCH Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). It can be downloaded here.

The Notice of Availability indicates that the comment period ends Monday, June 7th. It also states that all comments must be received by close of business (COB) Friday, June 4 (which represents a 44 day comment period). Not sure why the contradiction, but it exists nonetheless. To be safe, have comments in by COB Friday. Send all comments to:

Jeff Winklepleck
Department of Development Services
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Fifth Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
or
jeffrey.winklepleck@longbeach.gov

I have only checked two things:
  1. to see if my comments on the NOP were included (they were not), and
  2. to take a quick peek at the traffic analysis. Couldn't do that comprehensively since the traffic appendix (appendix J) wasn't posted on the City's website with all the other appendices. [The City has since made Appendix J available for download.]
0-2. Not very confidence inspiring, I tell ya.

Since the document preparers couldn't be bothered to include my comments on the NOP, they are provided below (and were also posted on this blog):
  • Given the likelihood of significant traffic impacts associated with the proposed Project, feasible mitigation will be necessary to reduce said impacts to below a level of significance. Such mitigation should not include extension of either Shopkeeper Road or Studebaker Road as doing so would cut a road through the wetlands, and would also have associated environmental impacts. Should extension of either road be identified as traffic mitigation for the Project, however, impacts of the road extension(s) must be analyzed in the Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
  • For consideration of compliance with SEADIP's 30% usable open space standard, only "on the ground" aspects should be included in analyzed calculations, being mindful that "building footprint, streets, parking areas and sidewalks adjacent to streets" shall not be considered usable open space. Whereas the Project contains both "above ground" and "private" open space, these areas should not factor into the equation when determining usable open space under SEADIP.
  • It is my understanding that the Project will also include approval of a Development Agreement (DA). Aspects contained within the DA should be analyzed in the EIR. For instance, if the DA is to include off-site improvements such as landscaping (either adjacent to, or even on, the wetlands), the EIR must identify and analyze the potential direct and indirect impacts associated with this (and any other) surface disturbing activity.
Happy reading!