Online Scoping Session - April 27, 2020

As a result of the expanding outbreak of COVID-19 and restrictions placed on in-person gatherings throughout the State of California, in consultation with the UC Office of the President and the Office of General Counsel, UC Berkeley hosted an online public session to receive public comments on the scope of the EIR, rather than an in-person event.

The online public session was hosted on the evening of April 27, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and conducted via a live video feed; there will not be an in-person session.

There will be an additional opportunity for public comment on the Draft EIR, tentatively in late-2020/early-2021.

LRDP Public Hearing

What is the Environmental Impact Report for?

UC Berkeley will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Update. The EIR will function as a Program EIR that can be used in the environmental review of subsequent campus development projects during implementation of the LRDP Update.

In addition to analyzing the environmental effects of campus growth under the LRDP Update at a programmatic level, the EIR will also provide a project-specific analysis of the environmental effects associated with the development of two off-campus housing projects (i.e., Housing Projects #1 and #2), which would likely be some of the first projects developed under the LRDP Update.

For more information, please refer to the Notice of Preparation (PDF) and the EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation (PDF).

What is an online EIR scoping session?

A scoping session helps notify the public that the lead agency (UC Berkeley) is evaluating a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and to solicit public comment regarding the type and extent of environmental analyses to be undertaken. At the scoping stage, the project design is not completed - only general information and overall parameters are available.

How are comments and guidance about the type and extent of environmental analyses responded to?

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), comments received from the public and agencies on environmental issues during the public review period will not be responded to directly. Upon completion of the public review period, comments will be organized and will be considered in the preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). View the comments and guidance received from interested public agencies, organizations, and individuals (PDF).

There will be an additional opportunity for public comment on the Draft EIR, tentatively in late-2020/early-2021.

For more information, please refer to the EIR Scoping Meeting Presentation (PDF).