2.
Response
to
Comment
2.4
Master
Responses
to
Comments
performance
criteria
are
identified.
This
allows
the
agency
to
ensure
that
the
impact
will
be
mitigated,
without
forcing
it
to
design
the
specific
components
of
the
mitigation
measure
at
an
early
stage
of
the
planning
process
before
sufficient
detail
is
available.
This
EIR
includes
performance
standards
in
its
mitigation
measures
to
allow
for
the
use
of
emerging
technologies
as
they
become
commercially
available,
which
is
common
practice
for
large
projects
being
reviewed
at
the
concept
or
specific
plan
stage.
2.4.4
Master
Response
4:
Relative
Roles
of
the
CEQA
and
Planning
Review
Processes
Comments
A
number
of
Draft
EIR
comments
provided
land
use
recommendations
or
raised
issues
about
proposed
development
within
the
Brisbane
Baylands
that
are
not
related
to
physical
environmental
effects
of
proposed
Baylands
development.
This
response
was
prepared
to
explain
the
relative
roles
of
the
environmental
review
undertaken
for
the
Brisbane
Baylands
EIR
pursuant
to
the
provisions
of
CEQA
and
the
parallel
planning
review
being
undertaken
by
the
City
for
the
Baylands.
Response
The
EIR
was
prepared
pursuant
to
the
requirements
of
CEQA
to
evaluate
the
physical
environmental
effects
of
proposed
Baylands
development.
It
does
not
represent
or
dictate
any
specific
planning
decision,
and
is
only
one
of
the
sources
of
information
that
will
be
considered
by
the
City
in
making
decisions
regarding
proposed
Baylands
development.
CEQA
Review
An
EIR
is
an
informational
document
prepared
to
inform
public
agency
decision-makers
and
the
public
of
the
significant
environmental
effects
of
a
project,
identify
ways
to
avoid
or
minimize
the
significant
effects,
and
identify
reasonable
alternatives
to
the
project
(Public
Resources
Code
Section
21002.1(a);
CEQA
Guidelines
Section
15121).
Under
CEQA,
a
Lead
Agency
must
identify
the
physical
environmental
effects
that
would
be
created
by
a
proposed
project
and
determine
whether
these
effects
are
“significant”
or
“less
than
significant.”
This
significance
determination
is
made
by
comparing
the
effect
to
a
“threshold
of
significance,”
which
is
defined
in
CEQA
as
“an
identifiable
quantitative,
qualitative
or
performance
level
of
a
particular
environmental
effect”
(CEQA
Guidelines
Section
15064.7(a)).
If
an
environmental
effect
of
proposed
Baylands
development
would
exceed
an
identified
significance
threshold,
the
effect
is
“significant”
and
implementation
of
feasible
mitigation
is
required
to
avoid
or
reduce
the
significant
effect.
Consistent
with
CEQA’s
mandate,
the
Baylands
EIR
serves
an
in
formational
purpose;
it
does
not
provide
value
judgments
about
what
may
be
“good”
or
“bad”
for
Brisbane
and
the
surrounding
region,
evaluate
what
the
community
may
or
may
not
want
for
the
future
of
the
Baylands,
or
Brisbane
Baylands
Final
EIR
2.4-12
May
2015
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