Comments for Draft EIR due February 17

Here are some examples for your email:

Dear Ms. Jones:  I am a resident of Potrero Hill and live near 1601 Mariposa Street.  I am concerned about the Draft EIR issued for the proposed development at this site.  Below are my concerns: 

Select one or two from the list below that you feel strongly about. Or if you'd like a more in-depth list of issues, click here.

Send to sarah.b.jones@sfgov.org

Not within the character of the neighborhood - The proposed project is out of scale with the established neighborhood pattern and because it is on such a large site, these impacts are exacerbated.  Page 59 of the DEIR should be revised because the project would be inconsistent with a key objective of the Housing Element, which, as discussed on page 59 of the DEIR, aims to ".promote development of new housing in a way that is protective of neighborhood identity, is sustainable, and is served by adequate community infrastructure."   Furthermore, the project should be revised to encourage small manufacturing uses (PDR space), and maintain the mix of diverse land uses that are an attraction and attribute I seek to preserve.    
 
Shadow on Jackson Park - (A SOMA project was recently declined because of shadowing of a park)
The project should be revised, as demonstrated in the Reduced Density Alternative to eliminate shadow impacts on Jackson Playground.  In order to protect these vital park and garden resources and to promote the many City policies in place to protect our parks from shadow it is important to prevent any new shadows when possible. The EN FEIR found that up to 40 percent of Jackson Playground could be shaded at certain hours during the winter months and 25 percent during the summer months under cumulative conditions. The DEIR claims that the project's contribution to this is minimal. The project should be modified, to eliminate project generated shadows on Jackson Playground and the Community Garden.
 
Parking - The DEIR concludes that the unmet parking demand could be met on the street by the existing supply. However, this analysis was based on counts that were undertaken during the summer when three schools adjacent to the property were not in session and capacity is presumably significantly higher than during the school year.  The EIR needs to revise its analysis of secondary parking deficit impacts.  Once accurate parking conditions are established for the periods when the schools are in session, the EIR should examine the potential secondary effects of an inadequate number of parking spaces being provided. An increase in the number of cars circling the neighborhood for spaces leads to distracted driving that compromises pedestrian and auto safety.

Transit - The project would increase ridership on MUNI, which is already overburdened, underfunded, and unable to keep pace with the rapid pace of development.  Page 152 of the DEIR acknowledges that the project would increase ridership on the 10 Townsend line (which already operates at 98 percent of capacity inbound at the PM peak), but that because it would only account for three percent of the ridership it would not be considered significant. This project would burden an already at or overcapacity and underfunded public transit system. Because a huge gap exists in funding for infrastructure upgrades (such as Muni, bicycle, pedestrian, and roadway improvements) needed to accommodate the substantial growth planned for the EN, the assumption on page 87 of the DEIR that growth has been planned for and anticipated is no longer true!
 
Exposure to Hazardous Materials - The EIR needs to provide more information regarding how soil management during construction would be achieved. The descriptions provided in the DEIR do not provide a level of confidence that school children, business owners and their customers,  and residents will be protected from exposure to hazardous materials.  During construction, there will be exposure to elevated levels of particulate matter during demolition of the existing structures and construction of the new buildings and diesel particulate matter (a designated toxic air contaminant).  Specifics on how health risks and removal of these materials needs to be provided to the neighborhood in community planning sessions prior to any work being done.  The DEIR should include an additional mitigation measure requiring weekly updates via mail and email with scheduled activities and contact information in the event that problems should occur. Proper signage with the names and contact information for responsible City staff should also be posted prominently on the project site.