UCSF has released a humongous 1087-page Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Plan to cut down thousands of trees in Sutro Forest. The deadline for public comment has been extended in response to a San Francisco Forest Alliance request, to Sept 22, 2017. This two-week extension from Sept 8th is a lot less than the 60 days they asked for.
[The DEIR is available HERE as a PDF document: UCSF_Mt_Sutro_DEIR_wAppendices ]
Here’s an excerpt from UCSF’s letter to San Francisco Forest Alliance:
“In response to your request, UCSF is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Vegetation Management Plan. The comment period will be extended by two weeks for total of 60 days: public comments on the DEIR are now due on Friday, September 22. All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017. CEQA guidelines have established that the public review period for a DEIR should not be longer than 60 days (Section 15105).
“Send written comments to the attention of Ms. Diane Wong, UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA 94143 or email to EIR@planning.UCSF.edu “
It’s interesting that they invoke the 60-day maximum under CEQA guidelines, but ignore the guideline that says the DEIR text should be 150 pages or at a maximum, 300 pages….
UCSF’S PUBLIC MEETING ON SUTRO FOREST DEIR – AUG 24, 2017
UCSF will hold a public meeting on August 24, 2017
“There will be a public hearing to receive oral comments on the DEIR on August 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Millberry Union, 500 Parnassus Avenue, on UCSF’s Parnassus campus.”