wave.jpgSan Francisco’s Planning Commission is holding a hearing this evening to decide whether to certify the final environmental impact report on plans to alter the city’s waterfront for the America’s Cup sailing race.

The proposal, which includes the building of a new cruise ship terminal at Pier 27, will transform much of the city’s northern and eastern waterfront to handle the race activity, scheduled for several weeks in 2012 and 2013.

The various venues that would be created would include entertainment and spectator areas, team bases, and areas for media and hospitality services.

America’s Cup World Series races will start in August 2012, followed by the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Challenger Series in July 2013 and the America’s Cup Finals in September 2013.

At previous hearings, environmental groups have opposed the city’s plans, arguing that the environmental review has not been thorough enough to move forward with the project.

Today’s hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Planning Commission’s chambers in Room 400 at City Hall.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to the commission for three minutes each before a decision is made on whether to certify the environmental review.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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