The comment period for the “beginning of the EIR process” or “scoping process” related to the San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan Update ends next Wednesday, July 17th.
This SJR Parkway Master Plan Update will provide the vision, rules, goals and policies for SJR development for the next 20 years (plus or minus). This Plan Update will be coordinated with the 2035 Fresno City Master Plan Update that was worked on with the City Manager and the City Council in February, 2013.
Below is a Link to sample topics that you may wish to provide additional comments on or embellish for the EIR scoping process. Remember this EIR is a Program Level EIR for the entire Friant to Hwy 99 segment and we will have a chance to comment of the Draft EIR report in December/January 2014 when it is due to be completed.
Send your email comments to Melinda Marks at the
San Joaquin River Conservancy by July 17: Melinda.Marks@SJRC.ca.gov
SAN JOAQUIN RIVER MASTER PLAN UPDATE TOPICS:
Multi-Use Trail should follow close to the river
Have a good Operations and Maintenance Plan
Handicap access to the trails that are “near and along the river”
Provide a Multi-Use Trail for cycling, walking, running, fishing access
Remove invasive species and improve habitat
Eliminate motorized vehicle traffic and parking in riverbed
Impact on adjacent neighborhoods
Fire safety, public safety and facilities usage regulations
More boating access – kayaks and canoes
More fishing access
Litter and maintenance issues
Using the old Hwy 41 bridge as a primary trail crossing point
Value of the San Joaquin River Bluff and Protection Ordinance
Please also go to http://www.defendruralamerica.com/DRA/Home.html for information about government limiting use of public land.