We received an update from the City regarding the issue of the NEC Municipal Jail Projects and the upcoming environmental impact study (EIS). Work on the EIS started in late 2008 with several meetings with the community asking for factors that should be taken into consideration.
The public scoping period ran from Dec. 18, 2008, through Jan. 30, 2009. Six EIS scoping meetings were held in January 2009. Based on the feedback received during the EIS Scoping period, the NEC will be adding the following items to the scope of the EIS: air quality; populations and housing; and an analysis of the possible impact of a jail on property values and public safety.
These additions, along with the complexity of some of the analyses, have impacted the EIS schedule. The NEC now plans to release the Draft EIS in early December 2009, and hold Public Meetings in January 2010. The NEC plans to release the final EIS in the second quarter of 2010.
The EIS Scoping Summary and other materials are now available on the NEC Web site: http://www.necmunicipaljail.org/