Saturday, March 29, 2014

Public hearing scheduled Wednesday, April 30, for comment on Atlantic Yards Draft Supplemental EIS

According to a notice issued yesterday by Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing and shepherding Atlantic Yards, a public hearing will be held Wednesday, April 30, at Long Island University, 75 DeKalb Avenue, Room HS107, Brooklyn, New York, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for public comment on the court-ordered environmental review of the project's Phase 2.

As noted yesterday, the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement discloses minor problems as well as minor mitigations, though it sidesteps some issues. The ESD also will consider modifications to the project, shifting some 200,000 square feet of bulk to Phase 2, and considering two levels of reduced on-site parking.

Comments on the DSEIS and the Proposed Amendment are requested, at the hearing and/or in writing. Comments on the DSEIS must be received at ESD on or before Monday, May 12, 2014. Comments on the Proposed Amendment must be received at ESD on or before Friday, May 30, 2014.

Written comments should be  delivered to ESD at 633 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017 (Attention: Derek Lynch), or may be submitted by e-mail to atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov. Comments also
may be made verbally at the public hearing.

After the public hearing and public review and comment, a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“FSEIS”) will be completed by ESD. ESD Directors will be requested to issue the FSEIS and affirm, or if appropriate, modify the Proposed Amendment, and make any requisite statutory findings under SEQRA, the UDC Act, or other applicable law.

Public hearing protocol

According to a notice, ESD will employ the following protocols for the hearing:
Speakers will be asked to sign-up prior to speaking. Speakers can sign-up at the hearing location beginning at 5:15 p.m. and will generally be heard on a first come basis. Elected officials generally will be given deference to speak when available.
ALL speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes.

Written comments are given equal weight as verbal testimony and can be submitted to ESD via email to atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov, or via mail to ESD at 633 Third Ave, New York, NY 10017, Attention: Derek Lynch. If submitting via email, please indicate in subject line “Public Comment for Atlantic Yards Project”.

Deadline for written comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is Monday May 12, 2014. Deadline for written comments on the Proposed Amendment to 2009 Modified General Project Plan is Friday, May 30, 2014. 
Note that, in the past, elected officials have not been limited to three minutes and, depending on the hearing, the hearing officer did not enforce the time limit.

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