De Anza (Mission Bay Park) Scoping Comments

Hi all,

The City of San Diego is preparing a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the De Anza project as well as the portion of Rose Creek downstream of Grand Avenue and the area between Rose Creek and Kendall/Frost Marsh and the Northern Wildlife Preserve. For the full notice of the scoping for the PEIR, click here.  If you want the readers digest version, keep reading.

First off, please note that the PEIR study area has been expanded to include the area as far west as the Northern Wildlife Preserve (Crown Point) and to include all of Rose Creek downstream of Grand Avenue as shown in the image below.

PEIR study Area

PEIR study Area

This is great news as the community has been asking for the study area to be expanded since this project began. And the Friends of Rose Creek are very happy that at least a portion of Rose Creek is included in the PEIR.

If you would like to write your own comments, please submit them to
Written/mail-in comments may also be sent to the following address:

Sara Osborn, Environmental Planner
City of San Diego Planning Dept.
9485 Aero Drive, MS 413,
San Diego, CA 92123
or e-mail your comments to PlanningCEQA@sandiego.gov with the Project Name in the subject line by JULY 11, 2018.

As this is a CEQA process, please comment on what you feel is important for the PEIR to study. Suitable topics include Land Use, Biological Resources, Transportation, Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Noise, Historical & Tribal Cultural Resources, Visual Effects and Neighborhood Character, Health & Safety, Hydrology and Water Quality, Public Services and Facilities, Public Utilities, Energy, Geology and Soils, Energy, and Paleontological Resources.

The project that is being proposed by the City of San Diego is shown below

Map of City Proposed Project

City Proposed Project

The Friends of Rose Creek have prepared some items you may want the City of San Diego to study in the PEIR:

  • Please analyze water quality improvements that could be made in De Anza Cove by prohibiting motorized boats and jet skis in the cove and by precluding motorized boat rental in the 5 acre boat rental lease.
  • Please study the durability of the proposed habitat area on what is commonly called the De Anza Boot (for example, how much maintenance will it take to keep the habitat in place).
  • Please include in the PEIR an analysis of how the restored habitat will adapt to Climate Change and sea level rise.
  • Please study how chemical fertilizers and pesticides will be absorbed by the water feature (stream) meandering through the golf course before entering Rose Creek.
  • As the tidal flush zone of Rose Creek extends upstream to Garnet Avenue, please study impacts to the section of Rose Creek upstream of Grand Avenue and downstream of Garnet Avenue for the proposed project.
  • Please identify water quality improvement strategies for De Anza Cove that will increase water circulation by having tunnels under the peninsula of the De Anza boot, using an Archimedeas screw (either solar or human powered), or any other strategies that will improve the water circulation and therefore the water quality in the cove.
  • Please identify cumulative impacts of air pollution to the surrounding communities when added to the additional air pollution caused by the proposed density increases in  the area as part of the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan and the the Balboa Avenue Station Trolley stop.
  • Please study how the proposed 100 foot buffer on the east side of Rose Creek will protect the creek from urban run off.
  • Please study the impacts to Rose Creek, the Kendall Frost Marsh and the Northern Wildlife Preserve from the Guest Housing land use.
  • Please study the visual impact created by Guest Housing on watercraft users of the northeastern corner of Mission Bay Park.
  • Please study how the Grand Avenue frontage to the golf course can be enhanced to create a hedgerow of native plants between the sidewalk and the street as well as native plant landscaping between the sidewalk and the golf course to enhance the walkability of the area, absorb carbon monoxide, and create a sense of place.
  • Please analyze the projected increase in and variety of bird nesting spots that are not reachable by domestic animals for the proposed project.
  • Please study the feasibility of incorporating native plants into the golf course and regional parkland to increase habitat for birds and other animals while reducing water usage, pesticide and fertilizer use in the area.
  • Please study how the area of dredging at the mouth of Rose Creek will impact the ability to maintain a natural estuary in this location.
  • Please incorporate the three current alternatives of the ReWild Mission Bay plan into the analysis to determine which project will lead to great wetlands when adjusted for climate change and sea level rise.
  • Please identify how many habitat acres and what type of habitat will exist in the project area 25, 50 and 100 years based on current sea level rise projections.

Or feel free to make your own comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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