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Plan Bay Area Meeting Set for June 27 to Discuss EIR

Long-range land use and transportation improvement are on the docket.

A controversial document sketching out the Bay Area's long-range land use and transportation system will be discussed at a June 27 meeting in San Rafael.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are starting work on a draft environmental impact report for Plan Bay Area, which aims to present guidelines for future growth. Many Marin residents have pushed back against the plan, favoring more organic growth without governmental handholding. Others say Plan Bay Area is the fairest and most effective way to coordinate growth rather than scramble as issues arise.

Municipalities are being directed by regional and meet state requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by focusing new housing and jobs around transit hubs to improve mobility and accessibility in the region. The environmental impacts of the land-use changes and transportation investments will be analyzed in the EIR, according to ABAG.

There are four meetings planned for the Bay Area to discuss the draft EIR. The one in Marin is Wednesday, June 27, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel's Novato/Larkspur room. The hotel is at 101 McInnis Parkway. See the attachment for the other three meetings.

Topics to be covered at the meetings are:

  • What environmental issues should be analyzed?
  • Are there alternatives that should be evaluated?
  • How can people get involved in the environmental planning process?
  • What mitigation measures would help avoid or minimize negative impacts?
  • How can local jurisdictions and other agencies use the EIR?

Comments may be submitted in writing by July 11 to Ashley Nguyen, EIR project manager for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Email eircomments@mtc.ca.gov or send letters to her at 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

Laura G. June 14, 2012 at 05:19 AM
I am going and getting involved. I haven't before and I am now waking up to a monolithic high rise on Diablo Avenue next to the 7-11. I hear that is 30 units an acre---approved at 20 units per acre---but they have a density bonus. I like senior housing, but I DO NOT like this ONE SIZE FITS ALL, let's make money off the government and tax payers and be a greedy nonprofit developer.
Brant June 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
ABAG will leave us with transit center slums in the middle of our community if we submit to their plans. The only effective way to stop them is to not send Progressives to Sacramento to represent us.
Trish Boorstein June 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
You can also attend our City Council Meeting this Tues. the 26th. On the agenda will be discussion of our RHNA(Regional Housing Needs Allocation) numbers. I'll be there with others.
M. Calwald June 26, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Get involved! Get involved! Fight back! ABAG is trying to sell us a bill of goods when they are rich, greedy, slimy developers in sheep's clothing!
Rico June 26, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I like the part about creating jobs. Now, how is ABAG going to accomplish that ? After all, if ABAG cannot create jobs in Marin, then there is no need at all for new trains from Sonoma (SMART) to haul commuters, and there is no need at all for additional train oriented developments to be built in Marin. Diesel trains at that, more fossil fuel being burnt and polluting our air. If the jobs that ABAG is creating are low paying construction jobs from out of area contractors who truck in foreigners from other countries to work for low wages in Marin, then that is only adding to the degradation of Marin. It will benefit nobody in Marin. It is very sad, when these greedy politicians call any job a job. I mean , there are jobs and then there are jobs that pay a wage for the workers to live in Marin. Right now, even to qualify to rent a 2 bedroom apartment in Marin requires a minimum yearly income of $74,000 per year, steady documented for the last few years. That is $37.00 per hour, 40 hours a week. Does anyone believe that a construction worker from Mexico building transportation oriented apartment buildings or senior cell blocks earns $37.00 per hour ? Think again, it's more like $12.00 per hour at best for them.

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