Public airs concerns about America’s Cup impact on traffic, parks and the Bay 

Impacts on traffic, parks and the Bay’s biology were the questions on the minds of about 150 people who attended meetings about the America’s Cup.

The City’s Planning Department held two separate scoping meetings about the 2013 yacht racing event, to prepare for an environmental review they are about to embark on.

City Planner Joy Navarette said the purpose of the meetings was to bring out into the open the public’s concerns about the event, so everything that should be covered by the review is on their radar.

The first meeting, held at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, attracted about 50 people, while the second, held in the Port’s offices on Pier 1, attracted about 100 people, Navarette said.

Most were there to hear about the project, and only about 6 people spoke on the first night, and about 20 on the second night.

The concerns raised included the potential traffic generated by the event, which may attract hundreds of thousands of people a day to The City’s waterfront. Others were concerned about the impact all those people would likely have on Chrissy Field and other parks along the waterfront, she said.

Some environmental groups voiced concern about potential impact on the Bay, since some piers will need to be rebuilt and dredging may occur, Navarette said.

None of the concerns that arose were issues the planning agency didn’t already plan to study, she said.

The first draft of the environmental review is due this summer, and the document is scheduled for final completion at the end of the year.

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