Despite its insistence that it is in no rush to push its proposal for a Downtown NFL stadium through the approval process, developer AEG's whirlwind of activity in recent days, including its participation in a series of seemingly last-minute scheduled public hearings, seem to suggest otherwise.The City Maven notes the developer has wasted no time in filing the paperwork to begin its environmental impact report:
A letter delivered a short while ago to the Planning Department says AEG will submit a "notice of preparation" for the EIR some time this week. That notice will then be published on March 17, with an EIR scoping meeting set for March 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to AEG's letter.
"AEG wants to go beyond the minimum requirements of law and requests the opportunity to jointly conduct with the Planning Department additional workshops with the community, not just on the technical analyses and legal requirements, but on how to meet the needs of the community and assure that the project is environmentally responsible," William Delvac wrote to the Planning Department.
According to the LA Times, AEG has signaled it "may seek state legislation limiting the legal challenges that can be brought against the stadium", as a competing proposal in the City of Industry did to circumvent environmental challenges.
Nor is the city wasting any time when it comes to scheduling a series of last-minute hearings to address the public's concerns. Huffington Post LA's call to the Mayor's office confirms that the advisory of upcoming public hearings was not issued until last Friday, March 4th, for a meeting the next business day. Perhaps understandably, given the short notice, ABC 7 reports, "Most who attended the meeting were those who have financial stakes in seeing the stadium built." When reached for comment on the timing of the meetings, a representative for AEG stated that they make it their business to comply when meetings are scheduled by City Hall. A spokesperson from the Mayor's office declined to comment on the timing of these hearings at this time.
ABC News has details on the other stadium hearings scheduled for this week, both tomorrow, while noting "several more" hearings will be held in coming weeks:
AEG's letter to the Planning Department is available below EIR Initiation Ltr - AEG Event Center - 3-7-11 -
Committee on Environmental Impact and Traffic
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2011, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Building and Safety Commission Hearing Room, Room 900
201 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Committee on Convention and Tourism
Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2011, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
1801 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067