January 24, 2017 6:00 pm – NUSD held a Draft EIR Public Comment Hearing at a Special Board meeting of the Board of Trustees to be held in the NUSD Board Room, 1015 7th Street, Novato.
May 16, 2017 7:00 pm: NUSD will hold a public meeting to consider and potentially certify the Final EIR at a Regular Board meeting of the Board of Trustees in the NUSD Board Room, 1015 7th Street, Novato.
May 30, 2017 7:00 pm: NUSD will hold a public meeting to consider approval of the proposed project at a Special Board meeting of the Board of Trustees in the NUSD Board Room, 1015 7th Street, Novato.
Purpose: To view recently installed stadium lights that are similar to the proposed lighting at San Marin High School NUSD is providing bus transportation to and from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. Approximately, 25 community members and NUSD staff and board members attended.
In the summer of 2015, a grass roots effort spearheaded by parents of San Marin students and leaders of San Marin Youth Football began organizing and raising money to install lights on the San Marin football field. This group also started meeting with the superintendent and other district administration in the fall to keep the district informed of the fundraising efforts and support for lights at San Marin. The group was encouraged to reach out to the local neighbors to hear and learn of their concerns. A community meeting was held on January 27 and approximately 25 community members were in attendance.
On February 3, the Superintendent met with 12 neighbors of San Marin and Novato High School that had concerns of the brightness of the proposed lights, noise, traffic, cost of maintaining lights, security, and effect of proposed lights on property values.
To address the concerns of the neighbors through an objective process, the NUSD Board of Trustees approved the staff recommendation on April 5, 2016, to hold a competitive selection process for a firm to prepare an EIR under CEQA. Staff recommended that the Board pursue a CEQA process because it would be the best way for all voices and concerns on both sides of this issue to be raised and heard.
The CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) process also referred to as an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) is a public process to evaluate all the impacts of the installation and maintenance of stadium lights at San Marin High School, such as, but not limited to, visual analysis, noise, traffic, and air quality.
Five firms responded to the Request for Proposal and were interviewed by a panel composed of two school board members, the San Marin Principal and athletic director, the superintendent and public information officer, the NUSD construction manager, one San Marin neighbor and one representative from Lights for San Marin.
At the May 17, 2016, Board meeting, Rincon Consultants was selected and approved to prepare the EIR for the proposed stadium lights at San Marin. Rincon Consultants began work on the Initial Draft in late May and will be releasing the draft for the first public comment period in early August.
A public scoping meeting was held on September 7 as part of this first public comment period. A letter was sent to all residents in the San Marin Improvement Association and parents in the San Marin High School boundary area informing them of the scoping meeting.