The A’s waterfront ballpark plan still has more milestones ahead that "will determine whether and when the project gets built" after the Oakland planning commission this week “signed off on the environmental impact report,” according to a front-page piece by Annie Sciacca of the EAST BAY TIMES. The City Council “will have to certify” the EIR itself, as the certification is a requirement under the California Environmental Quality Act. While there is no date yet set for a vote on that, city and A’s officials have said that the City Council “could vote on certifying the EIR as early as next month.” The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission “will hold a public hearing” on making an amendment to the Bay Plan, “which guides the region’s development” around the San Francisco Bay. The A’s “have vowed to cover the costs” of building the ballpark and other structures, but the team and the city are “still working out a deal to finance the project’s infrastructure, affordable housing and community benefits." A's President Dave Kaval on Thursday said that the team and city’s representatives “have been meeting multiple times per week to negotiate over the terms,” and he expects the council “would vote on it in the next four to six months.” City leaders had wanted the A’s to “designate at least 15% of the 3,000 proposed housing units as affordable and shell out" at least $50M to build affordable housing elsewhere in Oakland. There is also the issue of who “will fund $400 million worth of improvements” to roads and sidewalks, sewer, water and electrical lines, and construction of pedestrian bridges "to get people to and from the ballpark." Kaval on Thursday said that the city and the A’s “were still going back-and-forth on those issues” but “would not elaborate” on the specific terms that the team currently wants (EAST BAY TIMES, 1/21).