The County is proceeding with the proposed 25-acre park and intends to break ground one year from now. But it’s not too late to change direction! Many organizations just like ours have successfully challenged similar projects.
Draft Environmental Impact Report: Public Comments by November 15
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is an official and technical document consisting of 567 pages with another 998 pages of appendices. This is one of the most important steps in the planning process and requires a strong and formal response. Your feedback is key. Preserve Alpine’s Heritage volunteers with extensive expertise and experience in this area have provided guidance on the main areas to read along with practical tips for writing highly effective public comments. But remember, the most important is to make your voices heard, in any form or format! Comments must be directed to:
Anna Prowant, (619) 756-4548 or CountyParksCEQA@sdcounty.ca.gov.
Donate toward the Expert Review and Comment Letter
It would be an irreversible error to simply accept the County’s findings and allow this park to be built unquestioned. Effectively evaluating the DEIR to ensure that concerns are addressed and regulations are complied with requires expertise in a variety of areas including biological, tribal cultural, climate impact, transportation/circulation, aesthetics, water/utilities, wildfire, and others. Preserve Alpine's Heritage has hired a public-oriented firm specializing in environmental and land use issues with a proven track record in coordinating expert DEIR reviews. They will analyze and refute the County’s report and formulate a detailed and official response/comment letter. Such efforts are fundamental to any attempt to hold public representatives accountable, ensure accuracy in what they are telling the public, and promote projects that are truly in the best interest of the community.
Mail a check to: Preserve Alpine’s Heritage, P.O. Box 1584, Alpine, CA 91903
Contact Us and Join the Fundraising Efforts
There are many ways you can help. Contact us to sponsor a fundraising event or post signs and flyers around town. Ask your friends and neighbors to donate and help. Let us know of other ways you can contribute. If nothing else, please spread the word about the park project and the impact it will have on Alpine.
Your personal action and views on the park are what really make a difference! Hundreds provided public comments during the budget hearings. Please continue to express your concerns by contacting all five supervisors to have your voice heard.
The petition outlines the many concerns around the current park design. It also states our group position: we are not against a park, but we are asking that the park be reduced in size/scope and that the many concerns be addressed. Be sure to leave your comments and share with neighbors, family, and friends.
The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council wrote an open letter to County officials expressing concerns and requesting that key flaws in the park design be resolved prior to construction beginning or capital expenditures being made. Concerns are centered particularly around the critical areas of water usage, wildfire, and traffic safety. Whatever your view on the proposed park, if you agree that these serious questions must be addressed, add your name to a growing list of organizations and community members.
We recognize that standing up for all that makes Alpine so special is a commitment that takes many forms and must be maintained over time. Preserve Alpine's Heritage is just getting started! Whatever support you can provide, whether it's time, financial, skills, or other, it will make a difference. Contact us for questions or if you'd like to formally participate in group efforts.