Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hawthorne Mill Project, Fairfield, Solano County, CA, 8917-8918 [E9-4201]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 38 / Friday, February 27, 2009 / Notices June 29, 2007, and St. Bernard Parish, dated April 2, 2007, to consider beneficial use of dredged material associated with Gulfport Harbor construction within the vicinity of Chandeleur and Cat Islands. Based on these discussions, a new alternative has been evaluated in the Final SEIS. This alternative considers beneficial placement of material dredged during construction of Gulfport Harbor to its authorized dimension in water depths of 25 feet or greater east of the Chandeleur Islands. Future maintenance material dredged from the navigation channel would be placed in open-water sites within Mississippi Sound utilizing thin-layer disposal methods, the existing littoral zone disposal area, and within the existing Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Sites. 3. Public comments can be submitted through a variety of methods. Written comments may be submitted to the Corps by mail, facsimile, or electronic methods. The public comment period for the Final SEIS will extend through March 29, 2009. Dated: February 18, 2009. Curtis M. Flakes, Chief, Planning and Environmental Division. [FR Doc. E9–4203 Filed 2–26–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Hawthorne Mill Project, Fairfield, Solano County, CA rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES2 AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), San Francisco District, has received applications for Department of the Army authorizations from Edenbridge, Incorporated (EI) to construct two projects in the City of Fairfield, Solano County, CA. One project, Hawthorne Mill East, is a mixed-residential development project and the second, Hawthorne Mill West, is a residential development project. Development of Hawthorne Mill East will require permanent placement of fill in 37.8 acres of waters of the U.S. Hawthorne Mill West would result in permanent impacts to 0.5 acres of waters of the U.S. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the USACE has determined that the VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:39 Feb 26, 2009 Jkt 217001 proposed actions may have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment and therefore requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Although the two projects are separate projects with independent utility, the USACE and the City have elected to consider these two related projects in a single document to allow for concurrent processing of requested entitlements. A combined Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/EIS will be prepared with the USACE as the Federal lead agency and the City of Fairfield (City) as the local lead agency (under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA). The Hawthorne Mill East project is intended to become an integral part of the City’s proposed train station by contributing to the creation of a populated, mixed-use transit hub and complementing the urban development principles as contemplated by the City. The proposed action is intended to: (1) Maximize long-term land use opportunities presented by the rail station by including a mix of land uses within walking distance of the station; (2) maximize pedestrian and bicycle access between residential and commercial development and the train station; (3) meet the City’s regional housing needs requirements in a manner that minimizes pressure on regional highway facilities; (4) contribute to the clear identity of the train station as a comfortable, attractive, and vibrant public realm; and (5) provide appropriate protection of sensitive natural resources. The purpose of the Hawthorne Mill West project is to provide residential housing to fulfill the unmet needs of the City of Fairfield and to contribute to regional growth management by locating residential development on an infill site that is contiguous with existing development. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryan Matsumoto, 415–503–6786, or electronic mail: bryan.t.matsumoto@usace.army.mil; or Mr. David Feinstein, 707–428–7448, or electronic mail: dfeinstein@ci.fairfield.ca.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Description of Proposed actions: The Hawthorne Mill project sites are located within the City of Fairfield, CA, north of Airbase Parkway, south of Cement Hill Road, and west of Peabody Road. The project sites are comprised of eleven Fairfield Assessor’s parcels, which encompass 453.8 acres located at the southwest corner of Cement Hill Road and Peabody Road, on the north side of the adjacent Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The following PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8917 specific project components are being proposed: a. Hawthorne Mill East: This portion of the project site will have two components: A transit oriented mixeduse development and a conservation area. The development area includes approximately 110 acres. The majority of the development would occur on the north side of McCoy Creek. As proposed, 59.3 acres will be devoted to development of approximately 501 residential units, while 6.5 acres will be devoted to high density residential units. Commercial uses, including two restaurants, are planned on 1.6 acres at the Peabody-Cement Hill Road intersection. Mixed use retail is planned for 2.4 acres along Cement Hill Road. Other land uses include: Parks and open space encompassing 5.3 acres; rights of way encompassing 26.9 acres; storm water and water quality features on 5.2 acres; and a community recreation center with clubhouse and pool on 1.7 acres. Access to the project site will be from three locations along Cement Hill Road. A single, clear span bridge over McCoy Creek will be provided between the high density and retail uses in the northwestern corner of the project site. The internal road system will be designed to promote pedestrian and bicycle traffic and direct connections provided to the planned train station. The conservation area includes approximately 273 acres which support 63.04 acres of wetlands, 2.155 acres of McCoy Creek, as well as 4.657 acres of aquatic areas associated with the McCoy Basin. The conservation area also supports a large population of the federally listed Contra Costa goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens). The conservation area would be preserved in perpetuity and would be managed for the benefit of the natural resources located on the site. b. Hawthorne Mill West: This portion of the project site encompasses approximately 30 acres and will include 172 residential units occupying 18.3 acres. The development will also include 9.3 acres of rights of way, 0.5 acres of park/open space, and 1.4 acres for storm water and water quality features. Site access will be provided by an extended Portland Drive and will connect directly to adjacent residential developments to the west. 2. Reasonable Alternatives: In accordance with the requirements of Section 15124 of the State CEQA Guidelines and 40 CFR 1502.14, reasonable alternatives to the proposed action will be evaluated in the Draft EIR/EIS. The following alternatives have been preliminarily identified for consideration in the Draft EIR/EIS: (1) E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES2 8918 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 38 / Friday, February 27, 2009 / Notices No Federal Action Alternative; (2) Proposed Projects; (3) Reduced Aquatic Impacts Alternative; (4) Previously Proposed Project; and (5) No Build Alternative. The Draft EIR/EIS will also consider any other reasonable alternative(s) identified during the scoping or the preparation of the document. 3. Scoping Process: Pursuant to CEQA and NEPA, the City and USACE must include a ‘‘scoping’’ process for the Draft EIR/EIS. Scoping primarily involves determining the scope of issues to be addressed in the Draft EIR/EIS and identifying the anticipated significant issues for in-depth analysis. The scoping process includes public participation to integrate public needs and concerns regarding the proposed action into the process. a. Public Involvement Program: Vehicles for public comment on the proposed action will include: a public hearing to be conducted jointly by the City and USACE, the preparation of the Draft EIR/EIS, and receipt of public comment in response to the Draft EIR/ EIS. In addition, affected Federal, state and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, and other interested private organizations and parties are encouraged to participate in the program. b. Significant Issues to be Analyzed in Depth in the Draft EIR/EIS: The following significant environmental issues have already been identified and will be analyzed in depth in the Draft EIR/EIS: (1) Aesthetics; (2) Agriculture; (3) Air Quality; (4) Biological Resources; (5) Cultural Resources; (6) Geology/ Soils; (7) Hazards/Hazardous Materials; (8) Hydrology/Water Quality; (9) Land Use/Planning; (10) Noise; (11) Population and Housing; (12) Public Services; (13) Recreation; (14) Traffic and Circulation; and (15) Utilities/ Service Systems. c. Environmental Review/ Consultation Requirements: • National Environmental Policy Act. • Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. • Endangered Species Act. • Clean Air Act. • National Historic Preservation Act. • California Environmental Quality Act. • Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. 4. Scoping Meeting: The City and the USACE will hold a scoping meeting at the Fairfield City Council Chambers, 1000 Webster Street, Fairfield, CA 94533–4883, to provide information on the project and receive oral comments on the scope of the document on March 16, 2009, at 7 p.m. Mail comments within 30 days of publication to: Mr. Bryan Matsumoto, U.S. Army Corps of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:39 Feb 26, 2009 Jkt 217001 Engineers, 1455 Market Street, CESPN– R–N, San Francisco, CA 94103–1398, or; Mr. David Feinstein, Senior Planner, Department of Community Development, City of Fairfield, 1000 Webster Street, Fairfield, California 94533–4883. 5. Availability of Draft EIR/EIS: The Draft EIR/EIS is expected to be available for public review August 2009. (Authority: 40 CFR part 1501.7) Dated: February 13, 2009. Laurence M. Farrell, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Commanding. [FR Doc. E9–4201 Filed 2–26–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Little Colorado River at Winslow, a Feasibility Study of a Portion of the Little Colorado River From Chevelon Canyon to the North End of the Winslow Levee, in and Near Winslow, Navajo County, AZ AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: Analyses of foreseeable environmental impacts from potential actions along the Little Colorado River in the vicinity of the City of Winslow, Navajo County, AZ, will commence. No explicit plans have been advanced as yet, so contents of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) remain to be determined during the public scoping process. The Little Colorado River at Winslow Study area encompasses the floodplain of the Little Colorado River (LCR) from Chevelon Canyon downstream (northwest) to the north end of the existing Winslow Levee, a distance of about 18 river miles. The study area includes the majority of the City of Winslow, including the Ruby Wash Diversion Levee and the Ruby Wash Levee. The purposes of this Feasibility Study are to develop and evaluate potential non-structural and engineered solutions to address flooding issues within the City of Winslow, and to investigate potential opportunities for ecosystem restoration along the LCR and its tributaries in the vicinity of Winslow. There is also an opportunity to provide much-needed recreational opportunities concurrent with flood risk management and ecosystem restoration. If there are measures and alternatives or plans that PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 could be implemented within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) missions, Navajo County has indicated their interest to support and provide necessary cost-sharing and other requirements for the project. Navajo County has identified within this length of the river needs associated with loss of native riparian habitat and the presence of significant cultural resources. Those needs will guide the formulation of plans for this segment of the Little Colorado River. The USACE and Navajo County, AZ, will cooperate in conducting this Feasibility Study. ADDRESSES: District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, ATTN: CESPL–PD–RP, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053– 2325. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael J. Fink, Environmental Manager, telephone (602) 640–2001, ext. 232, or Mr. Mike Ternak, Project Manager, telephone (602) 640–2004, ext. 272. The cooperating entity, Navajo County, requests inquiries be directed to Mr. Homero Vela, telephone (928) 524– 4000, for any additional information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Authorization. This study has been conducted under the authority provided by the Flood Control Act of 1937. This authority amends the Flood Control Act of 1936 to permit the Secretary of the Army, through the Chief of Engineers, to conduct preliminary examinations and surveys for flood control at the Little Colorado River upstream from the boundary of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Further authority is provided under House Committee on Public Works Resolution (Docket 2425) May 17, 1994 which states: * * * The Secretary of Army is hereby requested to review reports of the Chief of Engineers on the State of Arizona * * * in the interest of flood damage reduction, environmental protection and restoration, and related purposes. 2. Background. The Little Colorado River (LCR) Watershed encompasses an area of approximately 27,051 square miles in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. The drainage basin of the LCR is about 245 miles long and 158 miles wide at the widest point. The mainstem of the LCR is entirely in Arizona, has a channel length of 356 miles, and total elevation drop of about 6,300 feet from its headwaters in the White Mountains to its confluence with the Colorado River. The LCR flows in generally a northwest direction and receives runoff from 18 sub-watershed basins and contributing drainage areas with hundreds of miles of small tributary streams. The E:\FR\FM\27FEN1.SGM 27FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Proposed Hawthorne Mill Project, Fairfield, Solano 
County, CA

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), San Francisco 
District, has received applications for Department of the Army 
authorizations from Edenbridge, Incorporated (EI) to construct two 
projects in the City of Fairfield, Solano County, CA. One project, 
Hawthorne Mill East, is a mixed-residential development project and the 
second, Hawthorne Mill West, is a residential development project. 
Development of Hawthorne Mill East will require permanent placement of 
fill in 37.8 acres of waters of the U.S. Hawthorne Mill West would 
result in permanent impacts to 0.5 acres of waters of the U.S. In 
accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the USACE has determined that the proposed 
actions may have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment and therefore requires the preparation of an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS). Although the two projects are separate projects 
with independent utility, the USACE and the City have elected to 
consider these two related projects in a single document to allow for 
concurrent processing of requested entitlements. A combined 
Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/EIS will be prepared with the USACE 
as the Federal lead agency and the City of Fairfield (City) as the 
local lead agency (under the California Environmental Quality Act, or 
CEQA).
    The Hawthorne Mill East project is intended to become an integral 
part of the City's proposed train station by contributing to the 
creation of a populated, mixed-use transit hub and complementing the 
urban development principles as contemplated by the City. The proposed 
action is intended to: (1) Maximize long-term land use opportunities 
presented by the rail station by including a mix of land uses within 
walking distance of the station; (2) maximize pedestrian and bicycle 
access between residential and commercial development and the train 
station; (3) meet the City's regional housing needs requirements in a 
manner that minimizes pressure on regional highway facilities; (4) 
contribute to the clear identity of the train station as a comfortable, 
attractive, and vibrant public realm; and (5) provide appropriate 
protection of sensitive natural resources. The purpose of the Hawthorne 
Mill West project is to provide residential housing to fulfill the 
unmet needs of the City of Fairfield and to contribute to regional 
growth management by locating residential development on an infill site 
that is contiguous with existing development.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryan Matsumoto, 415-503-6786, or 
electronic mail: bryan.t.matsumoto@usace.army.mil; or Mr. David 
Feinstein, 707-428-7448, or electronic mail: 
dfeinstein@ci.fairfield.ca.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Description of Proposed actions: The Hawthorne Mill project 
sites are located within the City of Fairfield, CA, north of Airbase 
Parkway, south of Cement Hill Road, and west of Peabody Road. The 
project sites are comprised of eleven Fairfield Assessor's parcels, 
which encompass 453.8 acres located at the southwest corner of Cement 
Hill Road and Peabody Road, on the north side of the adjacent Union 
Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The following specific project 
components are being proposed:
    a. Hawthorne Mill East: This portion of the project site will have 
two components: A transit oriented mixed-use development and a 
conservation area. The development area includes approximately 110 
acres. The majority of the development would occur on the north side of 
McCoy Creek. As proposed, 59.3 acres will be devoted to development of 
approximately 501 residential units, while 6.5 acres will be devoted to 
high density residential units. Commercial uses, including two 
restaurants, are planned on 1.6 acres at the Peabody-Cement Hill Road 
intersection. Mixed use retail is planned for 2.4 acres along Cement 
Hill Road. Other land uses include: Parks and open space encompassing 
5.3 acres; rights of way encompassing 26.9 acres; storm water and water 
quality features on 5.2 acres; and a community recreation center with 
clubhouse and pool on 1.7 acres. Access to the project site will be 
from three locations along Cement Hill Road. A single, clear span 
bridge over McCoy Creek will be provided between the high density and 
retail uses in the northwestern corner of the project site. The 
internal road system will be designed to promote pedestrian and bicycle 
traffic and direct connections provided to the planned train station. 
The conservation area includes approximately 273 acres which support 
63.04 acres of wetlands, 2.155 acres of McCoy Creek, as well as 4.657 
acres of aquatic areas associated with the McCoy Basin. The 
conservation area also supports a large population of the federally 
listed Contra Costa goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens). The conservation 
area would be preserved in perpetuity and would be managed for the 
benefit of the natural resources located on the site.
    b. Hawthorne Mill West: This portion of the project site 
encompasses approximately 30 acres and will include 172 residential 
units occupying 18.3 acres. The development will also include 9.3 acres 
of rights of way, 0.5 acres of park/open space, and 1.4 acres for storm 
water and water quality features. Site access will be provided by an 
extended Portland Drive and will connect directly to adjacent 
residential developments to the west.
    2. Reasonable Alternatives: In accordance with the requirements of 
Section 15124 of the State CEQA Guidelines and 40 CFR 1502.14, 
reasonable alternatives to the proposed action will be evaluated in the 
Draft EIR/EIS. The following alternatives have been preliminarily 
identified for consideration in the Draft EIR/EIS: (1)

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No Federal Action Alternative; (2) Proposed Projects; (3) Reduced 
Aquatic Impacts Alternative; (4) Previously Proposed Project; and (5) 
No Build Alternative. The Draft EIR/EIS will also consider any other 
reasonable alternative(s) identified during the scoping or the 
preparation of the document.
    3. Scoping Process: Pursuant to CEQA and NEPA, the City and USACE 
must include a ``scoping'' process for the Draft EIR/EIS. Scoping 
primarily involves determining the scope of issues to be addressed in 
the Draft EIR/EIS and identifying the anticipated significant issues 
for in-depth analysis. The scoping process includes public 
participation to integrate public needs and concerns regarding the 
proposed action into the process.
    a. Public Involvement Program: Vehicles for public comment on the 
proposed action will include: a public hearing to be conducted jointly 
by the City and USACE, the preparation of the Draft EIR/EIS, and 
receipt of public comment in response to the Draft EIR/EIS. In 
addition, affected Federal, state and local agencies, affected Native 
American tribes, and other interested private organizations and parties 
are encouraged to participate in the program.
    b. Significant Issues to be Analyzed in Depth in the Draft EIR/EIS: 
The following significant environmental issues have already been 
identified and will be analyzed in depth in the Draft EIR/EIS: (1) 
Aesthetics; (2) Agriculture; (3) Air Quality; (4) Biological Resources; 
(5) Cultural Resources; (6) Geology/Soils; (7) Hazards/Hazardous 
Materials; (8) Hydrology/Water Quality; (9) Land Use/Planning; (10) 
Noise; (11) Population and Housing; (12) Public Services; (13) 
Recreation; (14) Traffic and Circulation; and (15) Utilities/Service 
Systems.
    c. Environmental Review/Consultation Requirements:
     National Environmental Policy Act.
     Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.
     Endangered Species Act.
     Clean Air Act.
     National Historic Preservation Act.
     California Environmental Quality Act.
     Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
    4. Scoping Meeting: The City and the USACE will hold a scoping 
meeting at the Fairfield City Council Chambers, 1000 Webster Street, 
Fairfield, CA 94533-4883, to provide information on the project and 
receive oral comments on the scope of the document on March 16, 2009, 
at 7 p.m. Mail comments within 30 days of publication to: Mr. Bryan 
Matsumoto, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1455 Market Street, CESPN-R-N, 
San Francisco, CA 94103-1398, or; Mr. David Feinstein, Senior Planner, 
Department of Community Development, City of Fairfield, 1000 Webster 
Street, Fairfield, California 94533-4883.
    5. Availability of Draft EIR/EIS: The Draft EIR/EIS is expected to 
be available for public review August 2009.

(Authority: 40 CFR part 1501.7)

    Dated: February 13, 2009.
Laurence M. Farrell,
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, Commanding.
[FR Doc. E9-4201 Filed 2-26-09; 8:45 am]
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