Wednesday, February 9, 2011

And So The Ball Rolls...

Announced today by the San Francisco Planning Department, Major Environmental Analysis (MEA) Division is the issuance of a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 34th America's Cup Races and Pier 27 James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and Northeast Wharf Plaza Project, all located along the San Francisco city front.

The NOP is the "kick-off" document for public review and comment, and includes information on how to provide oral and written comments to the San Francisco Planning Department. According to America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA), also included with the NOP is the above map of the proposed AC34 race area.

The NOP states dates for two public scoping meetings to receive public comment:

* Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, 6:308:30 pm, at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

* Thursday February 24th, 2011, 6:308:30 pm, at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, The Embarcadero at Washington Street.

The purpose of these meetings is to receive oral comments to assist the San Francisco Planning Department in reviewing the scope and content of the environmental impact analysis and information to be contained in the EIR for the proposed project.

Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2011. Written comments should be sent to Bill Wycko, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

The NOP is posted on the SF Planning Department website:

Related: San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to waive competitive bidding requirements before hiring a consultant for its America's Cup environmental study, selecting Environmental Science Associates, a San Francisco firm, for the job. Read more:

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