Construction of a Commercial Development in Lake County, FL, 66970-66971 [E6-19442]

Download as PDF 66970 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 222 / Friday, November 17, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES recover some of the expenses they incur in providing services on public lands. These local governments receive funds under various Federal land payment programs such as the National Forest Revenue Act, the Mineral Lands Leasing Act, and the Taylor Grazing Act. PILT payments supplement the payments that local governments receive under these other programs. The PILT Act requires that the Governor of each state furnish the Department of the Interior with a listing of payments disbursed to local governments by the states on behalf of the Federal Government under 12 statutes described in Section 4 of the Act (31 U.S.C. 6903). The Department of the Interior uses the amounts reported by the states to reduce PILT payments to units of general local governments from that which they might otherwise receive. 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E6–19508 Filed 11–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–RK–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service Construction of a Commercial Development in Lake County, FL Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice: receipt of application for an incidental take permit; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Application and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Hancock Commons, LLC (applicant) requests an ITP for a duration of 5 years under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking about 3.7 acres of sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi)—occupied habitat incidental to constructing a shopping center and associated amenities in Lake County, Florida (Project). The applicant’s HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures the applicant proposes to address the effects of the Project to the sand skink. DATES: We must receive any written comments on the ITP application and HCP on or before December 18, 2006. ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the application and HCP, you may obtain a copy by writing the Field Supervisor at our Jacksonville Field Office, 6620 Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL, 32216, or by making an appointment to visit during normal business hours. If you wish to comment, you may mail or hand deliver comments to the Jacksonville Field Office, or you may email comments to paula_sisson@fws.gov. For more information on reviewing documents and public comments and submitting comments, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Sisson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Jacksonville Field Office (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 904/232–2580, ext. 126. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Review and Comment Please reference permit number TE132462–0 in all requests or E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 222 / Friday, November 17, 2006 / Notices comments. Please include your name and return address in your email message. If you do not receive a confirmation from us that we have received your email message, contact us directly at the telephone number listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Our practice is to make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, available for public review during regular business hours. Individual respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the administrative record. We will honor such requests to the extent allowable by law. There may also be other circumstances in which we would withhold from the administrative record a respondent’s identity, as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and address, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. We will not, however, consider anonymous comments. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety. Background: Due to the reduction in quality and acreage and the rapid development of xeric (bare, scrub-like areas with sandy soils, open canopies) upland communities, the sand skink is reportedly declining throughout most of its range. By some estimates, as much as 90 percent of the scrub ecosystem has already been lost to residential development and conversion to agriculture, primarily citrus groves. Applicant’s Proposal: The applicant is requesting take of 3.7 acres of occupied sand skink habitat incidental to the construction of a shopping center (Hancock Commons) on 13.96 acres in Lake County, Florida. Hancock Commons is located south of State Road 50 and East of Hancock Road, in Section 27, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, near Clermont. The proposed Hancock Commons development will consist of approximately 38,100 square feet of shopping center space that will support a bank, a fast-food restaurant, a sit-down restaurant, and retail sale. Currently, the property consists primarily of xeric oak forest with scattered open patches of sand and a disturbed area along the western boundary. The Applicant proposes to mitigate for 3.7 acres of impacts by purchasing a ±43-acre parcel in Polk County, FL, within the boundaries of the Lake Wales Ridge. This property is being referred to as the Eddinger Mitigation Property and is located south of State Road 60, west VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:31 Nov 16, 2006 Jkt 211001 of Walk-in-the-Water Road, in Section 6, Township 31 South, Range 29 East. This property consists of three tax parcels, the northern two of which are being utilized to mitigate for the impacts associated with the Hancock Commons development. The Service has determined that the Applicant’s proposal, including the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, will have a minor or negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, the ITP is a ‘‘loweffect’’ project and qualifies for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as provided by the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 Appendix 1). This preliminary information may be revised based on our review of public comments that we receive in response to this notice. Low-effect HCPs are those involving (1) minor or negligible effects on federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources. We will evaluate the HCP and comments submitted thereon to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we determine that the application meets those requirements, we will issue the ITP for incidental take of the sand skink. We will also evaluate whether issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation. We will use the results of this consultation, in combination with the above findings, in the final analysis to determine whether or not to issue the ITP. Authority: We provide this notice under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: November 6, 2006. David L. Hankla, Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office. [FR Doc. E6–19442 Filed 11–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), Western and Central Gulf of Mexico, Oil and Gas Lease Sales for Years 2007–2012 Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66971 Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Hearings. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on tentatively scheduled 2007–2012 oil and gas leasing proposals in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico (GOM), off the States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Authority: The NOA and notice of public hearings is published pursuant to the regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) implementing the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. (1988)). Federal regulations allow for several proposals to be analyzed in one EIS (40 CFR 1502.4). Since each sale proposal and projected activities are very similar each year for each sale area, the MMS has prepared a single EIS (multisale EIS) for the five Western and six Central GOM lease sales scheduled for 2007–2012 in the draft proposed OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2007–2012. The multisale approach is intended to focus the NEPA process for individual sales on the differences between the proposed sales and on new issues and information. The multisale EIS will eliminate the repetitive issuance of complete draft and final EIS’s for each sale area. The resource estimates and scenario information for the EIS analyses will be presented as a range that would encompass the resources and activities estimated for any of the eleven proposed lease sales. Although this EIS addresses eleven proposed lease sales, at the completion of this EIS process, decisions will be made only for proposed Lease Sale 204 in the Western Planning Area (WPA), and proposed Lease Sale 205 in the Central Planning Area (CPA). Subsequent to these first sales, a NEPA review will be conducted for each of the other proposed lease sales in the 2007–2012 Leasing Program. Formal consultation with other Federal agencies, the affected states, and the public will be carried out to assist in the determination of whether or not the information and analyses in the original multisale EIS are still valid. These consultations and NEPA reviews will be completed before decisions are made on the subsequent sales. EIS Availability: To obtain a single, printed or CD–ROM copy of the draft EIS, you may contact the Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, Public Information Office (MS 5034), 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Room 114, New Orleans, Louisiana 70123–2394 (1–800–200– SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service


Construction of a Commercial Development in Lake County, FL

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice: receipt of application for an incidental take permit; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Application and Habitat 
Conservation Plan (HCP). Hancock Commons, LLC (applicant) requests an 
ITP for a duration of 5 years under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant 
anticipates taking about 3.7 acres of sand skink (Neoseps reynoldsi)--
occupied habitat incidental to constructing a shopping center and 
associated amenities in Lake County, Florida (Project). The applicant's 
HCP describes the mitigation and minimization measures the applicant 
proposes to address the effects of the Project to the sand skink.

DATES: We must receive any written comments on the ITP application and 
HCP on or before December 18, 2006.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to review the application and HCP, you may 
obtain a copy by writing the Field Supervisor at our Jacksonville Field 
Office, 6620 Southpoint Drive South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL, 
32216, or by making an appointment to visit during normal business 
hours. If you wish to comment, you may mail or hand deliver comments to 
the Jacksonville Field Office, or you may email comments to paula_
sisson@fws.gov. For more information on reviewing documents and public 
comments and submitting comments, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Sisson, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, Jacksonville Field Office (see ADDRESSES), telephone: 904/
232-2580, ext. 126.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Review and Comment

    Please reference permit number TE132462-0 in all requests or

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comments. Please include your name and return address in your email 
message. If you do not receive a confirmation from us that we have 
received your email message, contact us directly at the telephone 
number listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Our practice is to 
make comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, 
available for public review during regular business hours. Individual 
respondents may request that we withhold their home address from the 
administrative record. We will honor such requests to the extent 
allowable by law. There may also be other circumstances in which we 
would withhold from the administrative record a respondent's identity, 
as allowable by law. If you wish us to withhold your name and address, 
you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comments. We 
will not, however, consider anonymous comments. We will make all 
submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals 
identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations 
or businesses, available for public inspection in their entirety.
    Background: Due to the reduction in quality and acreage and the 
rapid development of xeric (bare, scrub-like areas with sandy soils, 
open canopies) upland communities, the sand skink is reportedly 
declining throughout most of its range. By some estimates, as much as 
90 percent of the scrub ecosystem has already been lost to residential 
development and conversion to agriculture, primarily citrus groves.
    Applicant's Proposal: The applicant is requesting take of 3.7 acres 
of occupied sand skink habitat incidental to the construction of a 
shopping center (Hancock Commons) on 13.96 acres in Lake County, 
Florida. Hancock Commons is located south of State Road 50 and East of 
Hancock Road, in Section 27, Township 22 South, Range 26 East, near 
Clermont.
    The proposed Hancock Commons development will consist of 
approximately 38,100 square feet of shopping center space that will 
support a bank, a fast-food restaurant, a sit-down restaurant, and 
retail sale. Currently, the property consists primarily of xeric oak 
forest with scattered open patches of sand and a disturbed area along 
the western boundary.
    The Applicant proposes to mitigate for 3.7 acres of impacts by 
purchasing a 43-acre parcel in Polk County, FL, within the 
boundaries of the Lake Wales Ridge. This property is being referred to 
as the Eddinger Mitigation Property and is located south of State Road 
60, west of Walk-in-the-Water Road, in Section 6, Township 31 South, 
Range 29 East. This property consists of three tax parcels, the 
northern two of which are being utilized to mitigate for the impacts 
associated with the Hancock Commons development.
    The Service has determined that the Applicant's proposal, including 
the proposed mitigation and minimization measures, will have a minor or 
negligible effect on the species covered in the HCP. Therefore, the ITP 
is a ``low-effect'' project and qualifies for a categorical exclusion 
under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as provided by the 
Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 2 Appendix 1 and 516 DM 6 
Appendix 1). This preliminary information may be revised based on our 
review of public comments that we receive in response to this notice. 
Low-effect HCPs are those involving (1) minor or negligible effects on 
federally listed or candidate species and their habitats, and (2) minor 
or negligible effects on other environmental values or resources.
    We will evaluate the HCP and comments submitted thereon to 
determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 
10(a) of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). If we determine that the 
application meets those requirements, we will issue the ITP for 
incidental take of the sand skink. We will also evaluate whether 
issuance of the section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP complies with section 7 of the 
Act by conducting an intra-Service section 7 consultation. We will use 
the results of this consultation, in combination with the above 
findings, in the final analysis to determine whether or not to issue 
the ITP.

    Authority: We provide this notice under Section 10 of the 
Endangered Species Act and NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1506.6).

    Dated: November 6, 2006.
David L. Hankla,
Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office.
 [FR Doc. E6-19442 Filed 11-16-06; 8:45 am]
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