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The campus master plan is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires that decision-makers and the public be informed about the significant environmental effects of a proposed project as part of the approval process, via Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) or Negative Declarations. The CSU determined that an EIR would be prepared for the San Francisco State University campus master plan. This EIR was prepared in tandem with the campus master plan so that the findings in one process could inform the other.

The CEQA documents available for public review include the Notice of Preparation (NOP), the Draft EIR, and the Final EIR.

Notice of Preparation
The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is issued at the beginning of the environmental review process, once it is determined that an EIR will be prepared for a project. The purpose of the NOP is to solicit comments from agencies and the general public about the scope and contents of the EIR. These comments are then considered during the preparation of the EIR. The NOP is circulated for a 30-day review period and comments must be received by the close of this period.

View: Notice of Preparation (NOP)

Draft EIR
An EIR is an informational document that must be considered prior to the approval or disapproval of a project. The purpose of an EIR is to provide public agencies and the general public with detailed information about the effect that a proposed project may have on the environment, to list ways in which the significant effects might be minimized, and to indicate alternatives to such a project.

In addition to the PDFs of the Draft EIR posted here, bound copies of the report are available at the Reference Desk of the main campus library. A copy can also be obtained by calling Jason Porth at SF State at (415) 338-6880.

View the Draft EIR by chapter:

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:
Summary of Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures

Chapter 3:
Project Description

Chapter 4:
Environmental Settings, Impacts, and Mitigation
4.1 Aesthetics
4.2 Air Quality
4.3 Biological Resources
4.4 Cultural Resources
4.5 Geology, Soils and Seismicity
4.6 Hazards and Hazardous Materials
4.7 Hydrology and Water Quality
4.8 Land Use and Planning
4.9 Noise
4.10 Population and Housing
4.11 Traffic, Circulation, and Parking
4.12 Utilities and Public Services
4.13 Other Environmental Resources
Chapter 5:

Chapter 6:
Other CEQA Considerations

Chapter 7:
List of Preparers and Contributors


Final EIR
The Final EIR includes written responses to all public comments received on the Draft EIR during the 60-day comment period. The written responses describe the disposition of any significant environmental issues raised. Responses to such issues include changes to the EIR and campus master plan. Note that the Final EIR references and incorporates the Draft EIR. The CSU must certify the Final EIR prior to approving or disapproving the campus master plan.

View the Final EIR by chapter:

Cover and Table of Contents

Chapter 1:
Executive Summary

Chapter 2:
Project Refinements

Chapter 3:
Changes to the Draft EIR

Chapter 4:
Responses to Comments
Comment Index and Master Responses
Comment Letters 01 thru 03
Comment Letters 04 thru 07
Comment Letters 08 thru 30
Comment Letters 31 thru 48
Comment Letter 49 Part 1
Comment Letter 49 Part 2
Comment Letter 50
Chapter 5:
List of Preparers

Chapter 6:

Appendix A:
Traffic Technical Appendix

Appendix B:
Transit Impact Analysis

Appendix C:
Clinical Sciences Shadow Study

Findings of Fact
Before approving the proposed Campus Master Plan, CSU must make written findings for each significant effect identified in the EIR, accompanied by a brief explanation of the rationale for each finding. Possible findings include an explanation of mitigation measures that have been incorporated into the project that avoid or substantially lessen the significant environmental effect; an explanation of the mitigation measures that are within the responsibility and jurisdiction of another public agency and therefore their implementation cannot be guaranteed by CSU; or specific economic, social or other considerations that make infeasible the mitigation measures or project alternatives identified in the Final EIR.

View: Findings of Fact

Statement of Overriding Considerations
CSU must balance the benefits of the proposed Campus Master Plan against its significant unavoidable environmental effects in determining whether to approve it. If the benefits outweigh the unavoidable adverse environmental effects, the adverse effects may be considered "acceptable." CSU must state in writing the specific reasons to support its action based on the Final EIR and/or other information in the record. This "statement of overriding considerations" must be included in the record of the project approval and should be mentioned in the Notice of Determination.

View: Statement of Overriding Considerations

Notice of Determination (Pending)
The Notice of Determination (NOD) will be filed within five working days of the CSU Board of Trustees approval of the project, which is currently pending. For state agencies, the NOD is filed with the State Office of Planning and Research (OPR), which starts a 30-day statute of limitations on court challenges to the project approval under CEQA. The NOD to be filed with OPR will be available for public inspection and will be posted on this website for a period of at least 30 days. It is currently anticipated that the CSU Board of Trustees will consider the proposed Campus Master Plan for approval at its September 2007 board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for September 18 and 19, 2007 at Dumke Conference Center, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, California.