After the application was deemed complete, a proposed Mitigated NegativeDeclaration (MND) was filed by the Planning Department. The filing of theMND ensures that anyone who wants to submit comments about whateffects they feel this project may have on the community is free to do so.Everyone is welcome to submit comments by November 2, and in fact, Iencourage the community to raise all concerns during this period so thatthose concerns can be thoroughly considered and addressed. When that public comment period ends, the Planning Department will have75 days to summarize the opinions and prepare their response. Before the75-day window closes on Jan. 28, 2012, the Planning Department will need tomake its determination regarding the application, and at that time, thecommunity will have two weeks to appeal the determination if it chooses todo so. If appeals are filed, they will be heard by the City Planning Commissionduring an open and public hearing at which anyone will be free to speak. The Planning Commission will then make its decision about whether to grantfinal approval and full entitlement.
No bond financing will be madeavailable for this project until such time as it has received finalapproval and entitlement
. There are, of course, many issues that are appropriate to question andchallenge, and I am eager to hear every legitimate argument for and againstthis project. I will always insist upon a thorough and open discussion amongcommunity stakeholders, the developer and my office in order to identifyreal concerns and address them. If changes are appropriate regardingavailable parking, infrastructure, or neighborhood or environmental impacts,my staff and I will (as we always do) work hard with the community and thedeveloper to explore specific alternatives.Openness, transparency and community engagement have been at the heartof my service in this office. There should be no question about mycommitment to this philosophy, as has been repeatedly exemplified by themany projects that have been completed, significantly changed or scrappedaltogether because of my close partnership with the communities Irepresent. In my office, the community’s considerations have never taken aback seat to a developer’s interest, and any insinuations to the contrary areflatly false. Again, thank you for your thoughtful input, which I value. Please neverhesitate to contact me or my office if you have any further concerns orquestions on this or any other matter. Very truly yours,
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