Valero Draft EIR to be released June 10, 2014; Planning Commission hearing on July 10

May 1, 2014  | by Roger Straw, BenIndy Editor

The City of Benicia announced today that the Draft Environmental Impact Report on Valero’s Crude By Rail proposal will be released for public review and comment on June 10, 2014.

The Report, originally scheduled for release in January, 2014, was pushed back to sometime in March, and then sometime in April 2014.  This is the first time the City has announced a specific date.

Planning Commission hearing: July 10

Asked about how the Report would be handled by the City’s Planning Commission, Benicia Principal Planner Amy Million wrote in an email today,

“The Planning Commission meeting for May 8 has been cancelled. There will be no action on the DEIR for the Planning Commission during the June 12 meeting.
“The City’s CEQA guidelines require a public hearing before the Planning Commission to receive comment on the Draft EIR. This will be scheduled for July 10 to allow time for the public and the Commission to review the document before the meeting. There is no action for the Commission to take at that time, as it is simply to hear public comment.”