Project Update 3/24/17

The Board of Trustees at its March 21, 2017, meeting approved the date change of the meeting for potentially certifying the Final EIR and considering approval of the project.

The new dates are as follows:

             April 18, 2017, 6:30 pm – Special Board Meeting to consider certifying EIR

             June 13, 2017, 6:30 TENTATIVE DATE – Special Board Meeting to consider approval of the project

The Public Hearing for Comments on the Draft Environmental Report took place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, and the public comment period ended on March 3, 2017.  A field trip for San Marin neighbors and staff took place on January 30, 2017, to Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, CA, to view their new stadium lights.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 when the the public comment period began.  Due to the release of this Report before the holidays, the public comment period has been extended to 73 days and will end on March 3, 2017.  

Yancy Hawkins – Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations
Novato Unified School District, 1015 7th Street, Novato, California 94945

Fax: (415) 897-4298  Email: [email protected]

Field Trip to Hillsdale High School in San Mateo – Monday February 27, 2017

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.

Public Meetings

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.

Rincon Consultants, Inc. January 24, 2017, Power point presentation

April 18, 2017: NUSD will hold a public meeting to consider and potentially certify the Final EIR at a Special Board meeting of the Board of Trustees in the NUSD Board Room, 1015 7th Street, Novato.

June 13, 2017 (Tentative): NUSD will hold a public meeting to consider approval of the proposed project at their meeting of the Board of Trustees on at in the NUSD Board Room, 1015 7th Street, Novato.

Background

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.