Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Field of Schemes reports on the CB4 vote

Field of Scheme's has a good report titled "Bronx board gives Yanks stadium thumbs-down" over at their website (click the title to be taken there), which includes the following:

'Though most board members did not speak at the meeting, both land use committee chair Mary Blasingame and fellow board member (and professional urban planner) Lukas Herbert spoke out strongly against the stadium plan, with Herbert delivering some of the evening's most pointed words:

"[Environmental impact statements] are intended to state the facts of the impact, so that decision-makers like the community board can take a hard look at the facts and make the right decision. Well, in this case, the [Draft] EIS is mainly an advocacy piece that's been put together by planners like myself, who have been paid to spin the facts however the applicant wants them. As a planner, I know that's your job, but I know a lot of you working on this know better. So I'm sorry you're put in this position where you're having to push a document that's a sham."'


At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now we're supposed to believe that DEIS are nothing but PR documents! Well, why require them in the first place?!

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Lukas said...

They are required by law under under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) act of 1975 as well as the City's own CEQR regulations. That's why. The requirement is a good one because it means that information will be put out there for the public to review. Unfortunately in this case the process has been perverted by people who only care about pushing the project...and could care less about the lives of the people in our community.


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