March 11, 2011

Commenting on the Second+PCH EIR

The comment period for the revised Second + PCH Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) started yesterday, March 10. All comments on the document must be received no later than April 25, 2011. You can download the document here.

Comments can be sent either via email or snail mail, as follows:

Craig Chalfant
Development Services Department
City of Long Beach
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 5th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

or

craig.chalfant@longbeach.gov

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

Comments received on the April 2010 Draft EIR will NOT be responded to in production fo the Final EIR. The currently circulating DEIR states, "...the [original] comments were considered and addressed through revisions to the [currently circulating] EIR where appropriate."

So, should you wish to comment, you should try and do the following:
  1. Go back to your first comments and see if they were adequately addressed in this new DEIR. If they were not, you need to provide the comment again, and also request an explanation as to why the comment was not addressed. 
  2. Review the currently circulating DEIR on its merits (i.e. is the information contained therein adequate). 
  3. If you see information that was in the first EIR that just isn't in the second DEIR, comment on that too, asking for explanation as to why it was removed.

Whereas I recommend conducting a comparative analysis between the first DEIR and the second DEIR, the City doesn't make this a very easy task. Effective yesterday, the City has removed the first DEIR from the "environmental reports" download area. However, I have electronic copies of the fist DEIR. Should anyone want a copy, since the City isn't making it easily available, I will. You can email me at egretsnotregrets@gmail.com and I will burn it to cd and mail it to you.

Sidenote: writing a strong comment letter will not win you an iPad. Sorry.