The topic of stadium lights is one of great community interest. To be sure you have the most current information on how to engage in this community discussion, the District team has created this page where you will find key updates related to this public discussion.
SMUHSD Board Approves Stadium Light and Public Address System Project
(Update: July 7, 2016)
At the June 23rd 2016 Board of Trustee meeting, the Board approved the Stadium Improvement Project and certified the draft EIR as the final EIR as there were no public comments to the draft EIR. A Notice of Determination was filed with the County Clerk on June 28, 2016, which starts a 30-day challenge period to the final EIR. If a challenge is not filed, the District will thereafter issue a notice to proceed and the project will move forward. Check back for updates.
Questions and Updates
Please email Sheri Costa, Communications Manager, if you have any questions.
California Environmental Quality Act
A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an environmental impact report was distributed for a 30-day agency and public review period, along with an Initial Study, on February 17, 2016. The Initial Study concluded that the proposed project may have significant environmental impacts and that the District would prepare an EIR to address these impacts. The District held an EIR Scoping Meeting on March 3, 2016, at the SMART Center, 789 East Poplar, San Mateo, CA 94401. No members of the public attended the Scoping Meeting.
The District received five letters in response to the NOP. Issues brought up in the scoping comment letters did not identify additional issue areas requiring EIR analysis beyond those previously identified in the Initial Study. However, additional information was added to the Initial Study to address some issues discussed. Please see Section 1.1 of the Draft EIR (link below).
SMUHSD completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed Stadium Improvement Project. A Notice of Availability of a Draft EIR was published in the San Mateo County Times and filed with the San Mateo County Clerk on Friday, May 20, 2016. The Draft EIR will be available for public comment for a 30-day review period. The public comment period for the Draft EIR began on May 20, 2016 and ended on June 20, 2016.
SMUHSD held a public meeting to consider the proposed project and the EIR at their meeting of the Board of Trustees on June 23, 2016. The Board of Trustees approved the project.
Approved Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 7325
At the January 14th Board meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 7325, Stadium Lights and Public Address Systems Project.
November 2015 Community Meetings
At the October 8th Board of Trustee meeting, the SMUHSD Board approved that staff move forward in analyzing the impacts and possible use parameters of permanent stadium lights in collaboration with school families, students and neighbors. The SMUHSD team held three community meetings in November 2015 to gather input.
Mills and Capuchino
Aragon and San Mateo
Hillsdale High School
Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:30pm
Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:30pm
Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:30pm
400 Murchison Drive, Millbrae
900 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo
3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo
The following are examples of the materials used to invite folks to the workshops:
Cable Access TV Slide (Millbrae/San Bruno)
Cable Access TV Slide (San Mateo)
Past Board Meetings
January 14, 2016 Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees voted and unanimously approved final policy at its January 14th Board of Trustee meeting. You can also access the latest version of the administrative regulation and board policy by clicking here.
December 10th Board Discussion Item
As a discussion item, staff presented the 8th draft version of an administrative regulation and an updated estimated project timeline to the Board of Trustees at its December 10, 2015 meeting. People of various views addressed the Board on this important topic.
October 8, 2015 Board Meeting
At the October 8th Board, after hearing comments from school neighbors and families, the Board approved that staff move forward in analyzing the impacts and possible use parameters of permanent stadium lights in collaboration with school families, students and neighbors. The SMUHSD team is planning three community input sessions – one for Mills and Capuchino, another for Aragon and San Mateo, and a third for Hillsdale. Please anticipate that public input sessions will occur in November/early December. More details to come. To receive timely information, please sign up for the District’s eNews. Thanks to everyone who came out to express their views on the topic of stadium lights!
Special Board Study Session, April 6, 2015
SMUHSD’s Board of Trustees and staff thank everyone who attended the April 6th special board study session on stadium lights. We truly appreciated everyone – school neighbors, families of athletes and very importantly, student athletes – who took time out of their hectic schedules to share their views.
April 6th Presentation
If you'd like to view the evening's presentation, please click here.
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