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Draft EIR Draws Fire from P.G. Planning Director

“Please revise the EIR to produce definitive analysis demonstrating how development of a vacant forested parcel is less environmentally consequential than the previously developed parcel at 17th and Sunset.”

The draft EIR for the Pebble Beach apartments drew fire recently from the City of Pacific Grove. In a letter dated June 18, 2015, PG planning director, Mark Brodeur, observed that “the housing project constitutes a fundamental change to the character of the immediate neighborhood, both in Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove” and therefore “the EIR could better address a number of project-related impacts and burdens on residents of both communities.”

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Among the areas Brodeur found inadequate were, aesthetics, biological resources, land use and recreation, public services and utilities, transportation and circulation (including pedestrian impacts), and alternatives.

Brodeur ended his letter with a strong challenge to the selection of Area D as the environmentally superior alternative, writing:

The City of Pacific Grove suggests that not enough compelling analysis has been presented in the DEIR to disqualify the 17th and Sunset site from consideration. Please revise the EIR to produce definitive analysis demonstrating how development of a vacant forested parcel is less environmentally consequential than the previously developed parcel at 17th and Sunset.”

The full letter may be viewed here.

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