Environmental Review Process

SAFE SIDEWALK LA ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) is beginning the environmental review process for the proposed Sidewalk Repair Program (proposed Project). The proposed Project would continue, amend and expand implementation of Safe Sidewalks LA over approximately 30 years to in order to make City pedestrian facilities compliant with applicable accessibility requirements. Existing sidewalks and walkways will be repaired or replaced under the proposed Project. Street tree removals and replacements, along with utility relocations, may be needed. The City may adopt policies and/or ordinances to assist in the efficient administration of the proposed Project and its objectives.

BOE has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS), which describe the proposed Project and the anticipated scope of the EIR, are available for public review and comment. This phase in the environmental review process is called the “scoping period” (see figure below) and typically lasts 30 days. The scoping comment period for this proposed Project is 50 days.

Agency and public input during the scoping period will shape the scope and content of the analysis in the Draft EIR. Once completed, the Draft EIR will include the results of the technical studies the City conducted and be circulated for public and agency review and comment.

 Please attend one of the scoping meetings to learn more!

Scoping Meetings

August 9, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium

100 W 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Verbal and written public comments will be accepted at the meeting.

 August 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center

8825 Kester Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402

Verbal and written public comments will be accepted at the meeting.

August 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Westchester Senior Citizen Center

8740 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Verbal and written public comments will be accepted at the meeting.

There are many options for providing comments during the scoping process, which ends September 15, 2017. These include the following:

1. Attend a scoping meeting and make comments during the public comment period. A transcript will be created of the meeting to record your comment. Please make sure to sign in at the meeting to join the mailing list and receive information regarding the availability of the Draft EIR.

2. Submit comments online at the following link: LINK PENDING. Please be sure to include your contact information.

3. Email your comment to Shilpa.Gupta@lacity.org (please include ‘SRP’ in the subject line). Please include your contact information, including name, telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address so that we can contact you if we have any questions regarding your comment. We will also use this information to add you to the mailing list so that you can learn when the Draft EIR becomes available.

4. Complete a comment card or write a letter that includes your contact information.  Please send your comment to:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I

City of Los Angeles Public Works, Bureau of Engineering

Environmental Management Group

1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939

For more information regarding the Environmental Review Process, please contact:

Shilpa Gupta, Environmental Supervisor I

Department of Public Works

Bureau of Engineering, EMG

1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Or email at Shilpa.Gupta@lacity.org

The Bureau of Engineering's Environmental Management Group (EMG) is responsible for the environmental review of Engineering's projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EMG also provides coordination with federal agencies for environmental review of projects that are subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and processes applications for coastal development permits for activities under the jurisdiction of the City Engineer.