Andrew G. Ogden
Senior Attorney & Legal Program Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network
On May 1, Marin County released the long-delayed draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the 2007 Countywide Plan Update. The preparation of this new study on the effects of new development on endangered salmon and their habitat was ordered by the Marin Superior Court over two years ago as necessary to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.
The release of the SEIR started the 45-day period for the public to submit written comments, and a May 22 hearing is scheduled to receive comments directly from the public.
Following the public comment period, the Marin County Development Agency will prepare a Final SEIR that will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for certification, the last step necessary for final approval of the 2007 Countywide Plan Update. In court on Monday, Judge Haakenson scheduled another hearing for a status conference for August 10 to continue monitoring the County’s progress towards certification of the SEIR.
After Monday’s hearing, Andrew Ogden, Senior Attorney, said, “We will review the SEIR in detail and participate in the public comment process mandated by CEQA on all issues of concern, including impacts to protected species of salmon and their habitat. Our ultimate goal is and has always been to have the County develop and enact a comprehensive stream conservation area ordinance to fulfill the County’s obligation to protect the salmon and their habitat.”
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