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www.greenbelt.org. Planning for Change: How to be an Effective Advocate. How to Use an EIR as an Advocacy Tool. Walk to shops and services Support local businesses Access daily needs without driving Link trips to community uses such as schools and libraries.

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Www greenbelt org

www.greenbelt.org

Planning for Change: How to be an Effective Advocate

How to Use an EIR as an Advocacy Tool


Elements of livable communities a mix of uses

Walk to shops and services

Support local businesses

Access daily needs without driving

Link trips to community uses such as schools and libraries

Elements of Livable CommunitiesA Mix of Uses


Elements of livable communities connectivity and mobility

Elements of Livable CommunitiesConnectivity and Mobility

* Transit can’t do it alone

* Walkable places are essential

* Lower parking standards in TOD,

unbundled parking costs

* Car sharing and shared parking

* Bike and pedestrian connections

* Bus connectivity and high quality

transit service


Transportation for walkable and healthy communities

* In the Bay Area, Transit Zone Households are:

* 30% Car-Free

* Driving 50% less

* 4 times more likely to walk

* 10 times more likely to use transit

MTC 2007, New Places, New Choices

Transportation for Walkable and Healthy Communities


Rising energy costs

Rising Energy Costs


Unsafe communities how to cross the street on foot and survive

Unsafe CommunitiesHow to cross the street on foot…and survive?


Climate change

Climate Change


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What is an EIR?


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Where is an EIR in an approval process?


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When to comment on an EIR?


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EIRs: How to comment effectively

  • Decide on your concerns/goals and read relevant sections first; think through questions as you analyze

    • Emphasize your local expertize but base comments on data not emotion

    • Be specific, succinct and professional

    • Use standard intro, body conclusion format

    • Cite sections directly; focus on facts; quote professionals

    • Focus on content not grammatical errors

    • Make sure your take home message is clear

  • Other resources:

  • Planning and Conservation League Foundation

  • Office of the Attorney General


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EIRs: Mountain View


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Break out groups

Land Use

Transportation

Population Housing and Employment

Global Climate Change

Alternatives

What are you looking for?

What are your goals?

How would you comment?

If it is difficult, tell us why


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  • http://www.mountainview2030.com/

  • Environmental Planning Commission

  • will hold an information session Jan. 11, 2012.

  • EIR comments are due January 13

  • Ellie Casson

  • [email protected]


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[email protected]

[email protected]

Thank you


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