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Moraga Canyon Sports Fields Project – Public Hearing

Posted by Len Gilbert on November 22, 2011

This is the 300th post on the PNN. Some of our first posts covered: a burglary/kidnapping, Mulberrys Market opening, a robbery, and baseball signups. Some things don’t change. Hopefully some others do. Happy Thanksgiving.


City of Piedmont



Notice is hereby given that the Piedmont City Council will conduct a public hearing regarding the Moraga Canyon Sports Fields Project on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA. At the meeting, the City Council will be considering approval of an Addendum to the previously certified Moraga Canyon Sports Fields Project Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR); adoption of a mitigation monitoring program for the Project; adoption of findings and a statement of overriding considerations pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); conditions of approval for the Project; and approval or denial of the Project, or parts of the Project. In addition, the Council will consider a site lease, including a construction agreement, for the project, and the referral of the project to the Planning Commission for design review. The Addendum addresses modifications proposed to the Blair Park element of the Project by the Project proponents, Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization (PRFO), while the Coaches Field element of the Project remains unchanged from the previously certified FEIR.

After the City Council’s certification of the FEIR on December 6, 2010, the City directed that the project be referred to the City Recreation, Park and Planning Commissions for further review and recommendations. Public hearings were held on January 19, 2011 (Recreation Commission), February 17, 2011 and March 2, 2011 (Park Commission), and February 24, 201l (Planning Commission) as specified by the City Council. On March 21, 2011, the City Council considered project alternatives presented by the public and PRFO, along with the input and comments received from the Recreation, Park and Planning Commissions. At this meeting, the City Council voted to proceed with consideration of a revised PRFO Blair Park master plan and requested that this plan include design modifications, particularly to address significant traffic and pedestrian safety impacts identified in the FEIR. The City Council also directed that additional environmental (CEQA) and legal review be conducted to determine if the previously certified FEIR would require additional analysis in the form of an Addendum (CEQA Guidelines, § 15164) or a Supplement (CEQA Guidelines, § 15163). Staff was also directed to prepare formal Conditions of Project Approval, Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for consideration by the Council.

The Final Project Proposal as submitted by the Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization is available for review on the City’s web site: http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us . Hard copies of the proposal are available in City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, for inspection. Any additional materials for this matter will be placed on the City website on or before November 23, 2011. The staff report for this matter will be available for public review on the city web site on or before Thursday, December 1, 2011.

Public testimony and comment on this matter is welcomed. Written comments are invited to the City Council, c/o Piedmont City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611 or by email to: jtulloch@ci.piedmont.ca.us. Correspondence received by the City Clerk is considered part of the public record.

Seating in the Council Chambers is limited. However, the meeting will be televised live on KCOM-TV, Channel 27, the City of Piedmont government access TV station, and is also available through streaming video on the city web site www.ci.piedmont.ca.us under on-line video.

For further information, contact Recreation Director Mark Delventhal at 420-3073 or City Clerk John Tulloch at 420-3040.

Posted: November 21, 2011

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