WesPac Public Comment Period Extended!
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Second Recirculated Draft EIR for the ‘WesPac Pittsburg Infrastructure Project’ was made available on July 1, 2015, for a 30-day public review. A public scoping session to accept verbal comments on the NOP was held on July 22, 2015.
Since the public comment period has been extended, staff now requests all comments on the NOP be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015.
To get more information on the July 22, 2015, public scoping session and to view the NOP and related materials, please visit the WesPac Project Page, or contact the Planning Division directly at (925) 252-6941.
What Does This Mean For Me?
Great question! It means this is the time for us to offer the city our input on alternatives to the project and to help staff understand the parts of the project that we’re especially concerned about, the parts that should be looked at closely. In effect: this is our time to make our voices heard!
The best way to do this is by submitting our comments in writing (by letter or by email) to the city council and we have a template to help you – click here to download it as a Word document or a PDF.
Here’s what a public comment letter should look like:
1. Start by introducing yourself Give your name, where you live, why you’re writing, and the issue of concern you have. Keep it specific and short, and avoid stating opinions or beliefs.
2. Describe why you are concerned about the issue. Is your home endangered by the project? Do you go to church near the project? Do you have children in school near to the site of the project? Do you own a business that might suffer?
3. Describe why you think your issue of concern is a problem. For example, if you are worried about explosions at the oil tanks, point to reports about similar incidents that support your argument.
4. Offer alternatives. Think about how the project could be made safer or better and outline your thoughts. Or, if you think that this project cannot be safe, offer reasons why you think this is so. These reasons might be to do with the location – being so close to our homes, churches, schools and downtown areas…
And remember: even if you think you only have a minor concern, make your point! You have a right to be heard! And only issues that are considered to be of ‘significant community concern’ will be addressed, so the more people who comment and ask for issues to be studied, the better!
Don’t forget to download our FREE template – in Word document or PDF format!
If you’d like to see some of the public comment letters from the last time around, they’re available here: