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Communications Department
650-329-2607
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Palo Alto, CA 94301

2/17/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 02/17/2011
Subject :

City of Palo Alto Releases Final Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Repl
Contact : Steve Emslie, Deputy City Manager    650-329-2354
Palo Alto, CA -- The City of Palo Alto's Department of Planning and Community Environment has released the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project. The Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) is comprised of the previously released Draft  Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) and this "Responses to Comments" document.

The Final EIR addresses written and oral comments raised during the public review period on the Draft EIR.  The response contains revisions intended to correct, clarify and amplify the Draft document.

The Draft EIR was prepared by the City of Palo Alto (City) to disclose the potential environmental effects of the SUMC Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project. The Draft EIR, issued for public review on May 20, 2010, includes a description of the SUMC Project and an assessment of its potential effects.  It also includes a description of possible mitigation measures to reduce identified significant consequences and a consideration of alternatives that could address potential impacts. A 69-day public review period was held on the Draft EIR to solicit comments from various State, regional, and local agencies, City of Palo Alto boards and commissions, as well as interested organizations and individuals.

As the lead agency, the City of Palo Alto must certify the Final EIR before action can be taken on the SUMC Project. Certification requires that the lead agency make findings that the Final EIR complies with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Members of the public and any other interested organizations are invited to provide comments on the FEIR and CEQA findings at a Planning and Transportation Commission meetings tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2011 and at a City Council meeting in mid-April.

The Final EIR can be found on the City of Palo Alto’s website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/sumc. Copies are also available at the City of Palo Alto Development Center, 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, the Department of Planning and Community Environment 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, and at City public libraries.

Questions regarding the SUMC Project, including the Final EIR, may be directed to Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager, at steven.turner@cityofpaloalto.org or Steve Emslie, Deputy City Manager, at steve.emslie@cityofpaloalto.org



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