On May 14, 2021, the Navy published a Notice of Virtual Public Meetings in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Draft EIS for a 60-day public review and comment period. On July 13, 2021, a Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register announcing a 30-day extension of the Draft EIS public comment period from July 13, 2021, to August 12, 2021. In response to public input, the Navy elected to extend the standard 45-day period for public review and comment to 90 days. The comment period officially began on May 14, 2021, and concluded on August 12, 2021. During this time, the Navy held two virtual (online or dial in) public meetings where information on the Draft EIS was shared and participants provided comments. The virtual public meetings were held on June 8 and June 23, 2021.
The Navy reviewed all comments received during the Draft EIS public comment period. In response to public and agency comments received requesting additional details before a Record of Decision (ROD) is signed, the Navy intends to identify – through a competitive solicitation process – a potential master developer that can work with the Navy to develop more detailed site plans before a final alternative is selected. There will be additional opportunities for public involvement before a Final EIS and ROD are published.
The public may review the Draft EIS and select materials at the following libraries: