City publishes, discusses shipyard comments 

More than 100 people, agencies and other stakeholders commented on a draft environmental impact report related to the planned redevelopment of 702 acres of land in southeastern San Francisco.

The comments had only minor impacts in terms of reshaping the redevelopment plans for the shuttered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and surrounding land.

The San Francisco Planning Department published comments received in 117 emails, letters and public statements to its website. It also published responses to the comments.

Many of the comments expressed anger that The City planned to take over ownership of the shipyard from the Navy before it is entirely cleaned of pollution.

In response, the report says the “early transfer” plan is legal and safe.

Another common concern raised related to a bridge that’s planned to be built over Yosemite Slough, where a state-funded habitat restoration project is designed to promote bird nesting.

“Pre-construction surveys for nesting birds would be conducted,” the report says. “Buffers around active nests would be maintained to avoid impacts to such nests.”

A major change made in response to the comments will be increased consultation with descendents of a native tribe regarding the redevelopment plans.

The environmental report was updated after comments were analyzed to state that the project “could also disturb potential Native American burial sites of symbolic and cultural importance to present-day Native American tribes and representatives.”

The report says that discussions between The City and the Muwekma Ohlone tribe will adhere to a 2005 state law, the Protection of Traditional Tribal Cultural Places, also called Assembly Bill 18. City officials previously argued the law did not apply to the project.

“The Planning Department has begun a consultation process with Native American tribal representatives,” the report states.

Liquefaction of the ground during an earthquake and expected sea-level rise were other common areas of concern. The report acknowledges these risks and outlines efforts being taken to minimize their potential effects.

City and redevelopment agency leaders will be asked to approve the final environmental impact report in the coming months before approving the multi-decade redevelopment plans.

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