ALAMEDA -- The public can weigh in as city officials begin the work to create a draft Environmental Impact Report for Alameda Point, a document that will address how traffic, hazardous materials and other issues will play into the redevelopment of the former Navy base.

The work to create the draft EIR, which will begin Monday when the Planning Board hosts a "scoping meeting," will take a year before the document is eventually finished and goes before the City Council for final certification.

Along with gathering public input, city officials will brief the board Monday on the work to update the zoning for Alameda Point and their effort to prepare a "Town Center Plan" for the area near the former base's Seaplane Lagoon.

The board will also hear about the work to prepare a master infrastructure plan that is expected to include the projected rise of San Francisco Bay over the next 50 years due to climate change. The possibility that Alameda Point was vulnerable to flooding was among the factors cited by representatives of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory when they considered -- and rejected -- the former base as the site of its second campus last year.

The move to launch the draft EIR comes as city officials anticipate taking title of Alameda Point from the U.S. Navy within the next few months, a landmark step that they hope will jumpstart redevelopment.


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The main purpose of Monday's meeting, however, is to allow the public to comment on what the draft EIR should include, according to Andrew Thomas, acting city planner.

The Planning Board is also expected to create a subcommittee Monday to help steer the work to create the document and approve a strategy to keep the public engaged over the year-long process.

A preliminary schedule calls for the release of the draft EIR in July for a 45-day public review.

The draft master infrastructure plan and proposed changes in zoning at Alameda Point -- which would help clear the way to split the former base into residential and other "sub-districts" -- could come before the City Council in April.

Anyone who cannot attend Monday's meeting can submit comments on what the draft EIR should contain by e-mailing Andrew Thomas at athomas@ci.alameda.ca.us. Comments can also be mailed to him at 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 190, Alameda CA 94501.

Deadline to submit comments is March 1. Call 510-747-6881 for information.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty/.

IF YOU GO
The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.