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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood City Planning Commission Schedules Public Hearing to Review Final Environmental Impact Report for “The Preserve at Redwood Shores” Development Proposal

Redwood City, CA - December 10 , 2007 - The Redwood City Planning Commission has scheduled a Public Hearing to review and make recommendations on “The Preserve at Redwood Shores” development proposal. The Commission will be considering certification of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR), and will consider recommendations to the City Council on a General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and the project’s Precise Plan.

The Public Hearing is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007 – 7:00 pm
    Council Chambers, City Hall
    1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

A Draft EIR was previously prepared to examine the potential environmental effects of the project, and was circulated for public review and comment. The City also held a public hearing on October 16, 2007 to receive public comments. The Final EIR addresses the comments made on the Draft EIR, and proposes text revisions in response to some of those comments. If the Final EIR is found to be acceptable and in conformance with State law, then it will be certified by the Planning Commission. Upon certification, the Commission would then consider making a recommendation to the City Council on the General Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Precise Plan for the project either at the same meeting or possibly at a future meeting. Once the Final EIR is certified, the City Council would make the final decision on the project.

The Final EIR became available for review on December 7, 2007, at the Redwood City Planning Department, City libraries, and on the City’s web site. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to review the document and attend and participate in the Planning Commission’s public hearing on this issue. There will be opportunity for public testimony at the meeting; any written testimony must be received by the date of the public hearing. Correspondence should be mailed to Tom Passanisi, Principal Planner, City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Both the EIR and a Precise Plan are elements which are necessary before final decisions are made on a project proposal. The EIR is the planning document which describes the environmental impacts associated with the project, while the Precise Plan is a planning tool which outlines the acceptable uses, site layout, and design criteria for possible development on the parcel.

The site of the proposed “Preserve at Redwood Shores” project is comprised of two vacant parcels totaling approximately 114.5 acres and is proposed to include 144 to 158 residential town homes, a 400 to 450-student elementary school, a 3.5-acre neighborhood park, and approximately 90+ acres of restored wetlands including levees and public access trails. More information on this project is available at, by pulling down the “ Hot Topics” menu and selecting “ The Preserve at Redwood Shores” (direct link).

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Tom Passanisi
Senior Planner
(650) 780-7234


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