At tonight’s City Council meeting, City Manager Joe Sbranti announced that today the City of Pittsburg sent a letter to WesPac saying that they plan to re-open public comment on portions of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report).
What this means is that, as Mayor Sal Evola put it, “the ball is in WesPac’s court”. They may choose not to proceed further with the project, which would be the best course of action for everyone. If they don’t, we’ll have more opportunity to get our objections on the record, and the project will be delayed by a few months, perhaps up to a year. And of course there are elections this year….
We will keep on pushing until we kill this project once and for all, but for now, raise your glass to yourself, Pittsburg, California! This is a major win!
And thank you to the City Council and City Manager for this decision – you did the right thing!
The letter as a PDF
City of Pittsburg
65 Civic Avenue • Pittsburg, California 94565
February 18, 2014
2355 Main Street, Suite # 210
Irvine, CA 92614
RE: WesPac Project Status, Review of Recirculated Draft EIR Comments
Dear Mr. Diefenbach:
The public comment period for the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) closed on September 13, 2013. Based upon the comments received to date, City staff anticipates the addition of information to one or more sections of the RDEIR. In light of this, and in order to afford the public additional opportunity for review and comment, the City plans to open a new public review and comment period for the applicable portions of the RDEIR.
The City, as the lead agency for CEQA compliance on the WesPac project, is committed to protecting the community and in prioritizing safety. Therefore, ensuring a complete and comprehensive environmental review for the proposed project is of utmost importance. Accordingly, City staff will want to meet with you to discuss the appropriate next steps. Kristi Pollot, the City’s lead planner on this project, will contact you this week to discuss further.
cc: City Council