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2nd Street Bicycle Plan – EIR Hearing on Thursday

The Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association supports the Bicycle Plan and the creation of a safer environment for bicyclists in San Francisco. However, the currently proposed design for 2nd Street as part of the San Francisco Bike Plan did not seek input from the affected neighborhoods (Rincon Hill, South Park, and South Beach) and appears to be a recipe for greater traffic congestion, increased air pollution, and additional dangers for pedestrians IF the SF MTA does not improve the streetscapes in our neighborhoods to coincide with traffic flow alterations on 2nd Street. While there were community meetings in May 2009, these meetings were our first official notice of the proposed changes and our input was not welcomed by SF MTA Bike folks. With the traffic gridlock that already occurs in Rincon Hill on weekday evenings due to the 1st Street Bay Bridge entrance sitting smack dab in the middle of our neighborhood, it is questionable whether or not emergency response vehicles would be able to reach Rincon Hill residents within the 5 minute expectation – and without SF MTA adjusting the streetscapes in Rincon Hill and nearby, traffic congestion, air pollution, and pedestrian safety will likely all get worse and make our urban lifestyles more stressful and dangerous for our health.

I would strongly encourage you to go to the Planning Commission hearing on the Bike Plan EIR on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Room 400 of City Hall and to attend the SF MTA Board’s Special Meeting on Friday morning at City Hall (9am, Room 400) to let San Francisco know that people live near the Bay Bridge and to let San Francisco know that the SF MTA has failed miserably in recognizing that people live in Rincon Hill, South Beach, and South Park when desiging the 2nd Street project for the Bike Plan.

NOTICE-PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN ON FOLLOWING ITEMS AT THIS HEARING EVEN THOUGH THE ITEM HAS BEEN HEARD BEFORE…..WE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LET THE COMMISSION HEAR OUR CONCERNS. WE NEED TO HAVE ENOUGH SPEAKERS THERE TO CONVEY OUR MESSAGE TO THE COMMISSION.

SF PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING 6-25-09

6:30 PM.

    PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

    At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

    • 15. 2007.0347E          (D. DWYER: (415) 575-9031)

    • San Francisco Bicycle Plan Project – 2009 San Francisco Bicycle PlanCertification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. The project site is located throughout the City primarily within the street right-of-way and on some park land – The proposed project includes an update of the goals, objectives and actions of the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan, including amendments to the San Francisco General Plan and Planning Code to reflect the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan.  The 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan includes improvements to the City’s existing bicycle route network including 60 near-term improvement projects, minor improvements and long-term improvements to the bicycle route network.  The proposed project would require approval by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors.

    • Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final EIR

    • Please note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on January 13, 2009. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

    • 16a. 2007.0347EMT                           (D. Dwyer/ S. Shotland: (415) 575-9031/558-6308)
    • SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE PLAN PROJECT – The 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan – Adopt California Environmental Quality Act Findings. The project site is located throughout the City primarily within the street right-of-way and on some park land – The proposed project includes an update of the goals, objectives and actions of the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan, including amendments to the San Francisco General Plan and Planning Code to reflect the 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan.  The 2009 San Francisco Bicycle Plan includes improvements to the City’s existing bicycle route network including 60 near-term improvement projects, minor improvements and long-term improvements to the bicycle route network.  The proposed project would require approval by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors.

    • The CEQA Findings include a statement of overriding benefits and a mitigation monitoring and reporting program (MMRP) associated with approving the proposed General Plan and Planning Code amendments and implementation of the 2009 Bicycle Plan.  They include a rationale for rejecting alternatives identified in the EIR, and a statement of overriding considerations that lists technical, social and economic reasons for adopting the amendments and implementing the 2009 Bicycle Plan despite identified significant, adverse environmental impacts.

    • Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt CEQA Findings motion

    • 16b. 2007.0347EMT                                        (S. SHOTLAND: (415)  558-6308)

    • CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE GENERAL PLAN RELATED TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE PLAN Pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 4.105, Planning Code § 340(d) and § 306.3, adopt amendments to the General Plan, related to the San Francisco Bicycle Plan.  The Planning Commission will consider adoption of amendments to the General Plan, including revisions to the Transportation Element and the Downtown Area Plan, any corresponding revisions to the Land Use Index of the General Plan, making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

    • Preliminary Recommendation:  approval

    • 16c. 2007.0347EMT (S. SHOTLAND: (415)  558-6308)

    • CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO THE PLANNING CODE RELATED TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE PLAN Pursuant to Planning Code § 302(c) and § 306.3, Consider adopting a resolution adopting an amendment to Sections 155, 155.1, 155.4, and 155.5 of the Planning Code related to approval of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, revising requirements for off-street parking, including provisions for secure bicycle parking, among other controls. in City-owned and leased buildings, new housing development with four or more dwelling units, and new commercial buildings, making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

    • Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


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