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Additional Public Hearing On Draft Environmental Impact Reports

August 31, 2001

Merced, CA — The University of California, Merced and Merced County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 13 to receive public comments concerning the draft Environmental Impact Reports [EIRs] for the University Long Range Development Plan and the proposed University Community Plan. The hearing will be held at the Merced College Theater, 3000 M Street in Merced, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The EIRs were released to various federal and state regulatory agencies for review on August 13, 2001. In addition, the EIRs were also made available to the public at repositories in Sacramento, Merced, and Los Banos, and the documents were made available on CD-ROM to interested parties. The documents are posted on the web site www.ucmercedplanning.net.

The California Environmental Quality Act provides for public review of the draft EIRs for a 45-day period, which ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2001.

All persons interested in this public hearing are cordially invited to attend. For those who cannot attend, written comments are encouraged, and should be sent to the following addresses:

University Community Plan: Robert E. Smith, Planning Director, UC Development Office, 3351 M Street, Suite 240, Merced, California 95348;

UC Merced Long Range Development Plan: Ric Notini, Environmental and Permitting Manager, UC Merced, 1170 W. Olive Avenue, Suite I, Merced, California, 95348.

Those with questions regarding the hearing are asked to contact UC Merced at (209) 724-4414 or the Merced County UC Development Office at (209) 725-3700.

[Note to Editors: The hearing is in addition to several other public meetings previously scheduled; a full list of the meetings below.]

MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE

UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

Month Task Explanation Date
August Joint Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Study Session Presentation/Overview of Draft University Community Plan and EIR 8/21/01
1:30 p.m.
  Community Plan Advisory Committee Meeting (Merced Civic Center-Sam Pipes Room) Overview of the Draft University Community Plan and EIR 8/22/01
9:00 am to noon
  Planning Fair (Merced Civic Center-Sam Pipes Room) Overview of the Draft Plans for the University Community and UC Merced 8/22/01
6:30-9:00 pm.
September Continued Joint Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Study Session Presentation/Overview of Draft EIR 9/11/01
10:30 a.m.
  Planning Commission Public Hearing Public Hearing on Draft EIR 9/12/01
9:00 am
  Joint UC Merced/County Public Hearing Public Hearing on Draft EIRs
[Merced College Theater]
9/13/01
6:30 p.m.
  Joint Merced City Council/Planning Commission Study Session Presentation/Overview of Draft UCP/EIR
[Merced Civic Center]
9/17/01
5:00 p.m.
  Planning Commission Public Hearing Public Hearing on Draft UCP 9/19/01
9:00 am
October Planning Commission Public Meeting Recommendations to Board of Supervisors on Draft UCP/EIR 10/3/01
9:00 am
  Board of Supervisors Public Hearing Receive Planning Commission Recommendation/Public Hearing on Draft UCP 10/30/01
10:30 am
November Board of Supervisors Public Hearing Public Hearing to Discuss Intended Decision on Draft UCP/EIR 1⅙/01
10:30 am
  UC Regents Meeting UC Regents Action Items on UC Merced LRDP/EIR, etc.
[UCSF Laurel Heights Facility, San Francisco]
11/14-15/01
day/time tbd
  Board of Supervisors Public Hearing Board Certification of EIR and Approval of UCP (Assumes Regents Approval of LRDP/EIR on 11/14/01) 1½0/01
10:30 am

Unless otherwise noted the location for all the above meetings:

Merced County, Administration Building, 2222 M Street, Board Room, Third Floor, Merced, California 95340

*** Joint UC /Merced County Hearing