Final EIR for Downtown Plan Released

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday April 16, 2009 - 07:08:00 PM

The final environmental impact report for the Downtown Area Plan, released Wednesday, April 15, has been posted online for public review. 

City planning commissioners were set to conduct their final hearing on their revisions of the plan Wednesday evening, giving it their imprimatur before handing it on to the city council for final action. 

While both the commission’s revisions and the original draft prepared by the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) will go the City Council, the EIR that governs the new plan is based on the Planning Commission’s revisions, not the DAPAC document, which called for a downtown with fewer and lower high-rise towers than the commission’s rewrite. 

The EIR is available on the city’s website at www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=33630.