Longer hearing period for redevelopment plan shot down

Let’s hope Santa gets you a new pair of reading glasses, and a bunch of time off right after the New Year.

The San Francisco Planning Commission decided to extend the public comment period on the mammoth environmental review document for proposed development of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to Jan. 12 – the same date that The City’s Redevelopment Agency extended it to earlier this week.

However, they narrowly defeated a motion that would have extended it even further, to allow people more time to review the 4000-page document.

The 4,000-page document was released on Nov. 12 and initially, the public comment period was scheduled to end Dec. 28. This caused community groups to cry foul because they felt the document was being pushed through during the busy holiday season.

The document is being reviewed by both The City’s Redevelopment Agency and the Planning Commission – both of which held public hearings on the document this week.

On Tuesday, the Redevelopment Agency heard testimony and voted to extend the comment period by 15 days, to end on Jan. 12.

On Thursday, the Planning Commission heard hours of testimony from advocates from the southwest corner of The City, which will be transformed by the proposed development, hoped they would extend the comment period even further to provide for more time for analysis. Commissioner Christina Olague proposed pushing the deadline back to early February, but after five hours of public testimony Thursday night, the proposal was voted down 4 to 3.

The public will have a final chance to attend a hearing on the environmental document on the expected impacts of the 702-acre redevelopment project Jan. 5.

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