Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' Proposed 70-Acre Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino Project, Sonoma County, CA, 47622-47623 [2010-19186]

Download as PDF 47622 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 151 / Friday, August 6, 2010 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6051. The Tribe has requested that the BIA take into trust 305 acres currently held in fee, on which the Tribe proposes to develop a hotel, casino, parking facilities, and supporting infrastructure. The proposed 305-acre site (Madera Site) is located in unincorporated Madera County, California, just north of the City of Madera and adjacent to State Route 99 (SR–99). The Madera Site is bounded on the north by Avenue 18, rural residential land, light industrial land, and vacant land; on the east by Golden State Boulevard and SR–99; on the south by agricultural land and residential land; and on the west by Road 23 and agricultural land. The Proposed Project includes the development of an approximately 472,000 square foot hotel and casino resort and associated facilities, which include a main gaming hall, food and beverage services, retail space, banquet/ meeting space, and administration space. Food and beverage facilities would include three full service restaurants, a five-tenant food court, a buffet, four bars and a lounge. The hotel would include 200 rooms, a resort style pool area and a spa. Approximately 4,500 parking spaces would be provided. Project alternatives considered in the FEIS include: (A) The proposed casino and hotel alternative; (B) a reducedintensity alternative; (C) a non-gaming use alternative; (D) the North Fork Rancheria alternative site; and (E) a no action alternative. Alternative A has been selected as the Preferred Alternative, as discussed in the FEIS. The alternatives are intended to assist the review of the issues presented, but the Preferred Alternative does not necessarily reflect what the final decision will be, because a complete evaluation of the criteria listed in 25 CFR part 151 may lead to a final decision that selects an alternative other than the Preferred Alternative, including no action, or that selects a variant of the Preferred or another of the alternatives analyzed in the FEIS. Environmental issues addressed in the FEIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, cumulative effects, indirect effects and mitigation measures. The BIA has afforded other government agencies and the public sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Aug 05, 2010 Jkt 220001 extensive opportunity to participate in the preparation of this EIS. The BIA published a notice of intent to prepare the EIS for the proposed action in the Federal Register on October 27, 2004 (69 FR 62721). The BIA held a public scoping meeting on November 15, 2004, in Madera, California. A Notice of Correction (NOC) was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2005, to amend the October 2004 NOI to include a description of possible project alternatives and further extend the scoping comment period to May 6, 2005. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIS (DEIS) was published in the Federal Register on February 15, 2008 (73 FR 8898). The DEIS was available for public comment from February 15 to March 31, 2008. The BIA held a public hearing on the DEIS on March 12, 2008, in the City of Madera. Directions for Submitting Comments Please include your name, return address and the caption, ‘‘FEIS Comments, North Fork Rancheria’s Hotel/Casino, Fee-to-Trust Acquisition Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. Public Availability of the FEIS The FEIS is available for public review at the Madera County Public Library, 121 N. G. Street, Madera, California 93637; and at the Madera County Public Library, Chowchilla Branch, 300 Kings Ave., Chowchilla, California 93610. General information for the Madera County Public Library can be obtained by calling (559) 675– 7871, and (559) 665–2630 for the Madera County, Chowchilla Branch. The FEIS is also available on the following Web site: http:// www.NorthForkEIS.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the FEIS, please provide your name and address in writing or by voicemail to John Rydzik, Chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural Resources Management and Safety, at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice, or at the telephone number listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Note: Individual paper copies of the FEIS will be provided only upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), and the Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: July 20, 2010. Donald Laverdure, Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2010–19180 Filed 8–5–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians’ Proposed 70-Acre Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino Project, Sonoma County, CA AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma County, and City of Cloverdale as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe’s proposed 70± acre Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project to be located within Sonoma County, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review and comment. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period and thereby grants an automatic 30-day extension to the normal 45-day public comment period. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 151 / Friday, August 6, 2010 / Notices The DEIS will be available for public comment beginning August 6, 2010. Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by October 20, 2010. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or until the last public comment is received. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Dale Morris, Regional Director, Pacific Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. The public hearing will be held at: Cloverdale City Citrus Fairgrounds, Citrus Fair Drive Number 1, Tea Room, Cloverdale, CA 95425. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for locations where the DEIS will be available for review and instructions for submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6051. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested the BIA to acquire six parcels, totaling 70± acres of land, on which the Tribe proposes to develop a destination resort casino. Approximately 2 acres of the site are located within the City of Cloverdale, California, while the remaining 68 acres are within unincorporated Sonoma County, California. The project site is situated immediately east of Highway 101 and borders Asti Road. Regional access to the project site is provided by Highway 101, with local access provided by South Cloverdale Boulevard via Highway 101. The proposed trust parcels partially overlap with the Tribe’s historic Rancheria location. The proposed action consists of: The fee-to-trust transfer of the project site; Federal review (by NIGC) of the development and management contract; and development of the proposed project. The proposed project includes: An 80,000 square-foot casino; 287,000 square-foot hotel with 244 rooms; 48,600 square-foot convention center; 28,100 square-foot entertainment center; 3,400 garage and surface parking spaces; and other ancillary facilities. A 20,000 square-foot tribal government building is proposed on the south end of the project site. Buildings would have a height of up to two stories above grade with the exception of the hotel and parking garage which would have a height of up to five stories above grade. The BIA, serving as the lead agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), published a Notice of Intent To Prepare the EIS for the proposed action in the Federal Register on July 7, 2008. (See 73 FR 38466). In addition to the Tribe, NIGC, EPA, Caltrans, Sonoma County, sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Aug 05, 2010 Jkt 220001 47623 and the City of Cloverdale have accepted invitations to be cooperating agencies, as entities having jurisdiction by law or special expertise relevant to environmental issues. BIA held a public scoping meeting on July 30, 2008, at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in the City of Cloverdale, California. From that scoping meeting, a range of project alternatives were developed and subsequently analyzed in the DEIS, including: (1) Alternative A—Proposed Action; (2) Alternative B— Reduced Hotel and Casino; (3) Alternative C—Reduced Casino; (4) Alternative D—Casino Only; (5) Alternative E—Commercial Retail-Office Space; and (6) Alternative F—No Action Alternative. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land resources; water resources; air quality; biological resources; cultural and paleontological resources; socioeconomic conditions; transportation; land use and agriculture; public services; noise; hazardous materials; visual resources; environmental justice; growth inducing effects, indirect effects; cumulative effects; and mitigation measures. will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Directions for Submitting Comments Please include your name, return address, and the caption: ‘‘DEIS Comments, Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians’ Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments and submit comments to the BIA address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Dated: July 20, 2010. Donald Laverdure, Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. Availability of DEIS The DEIS will be available to view at Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, CA 95425 and at the Santa Rosa Central Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. General information for the Cloverdale Regional Library can be obtained by calling (707) 894–5271 and the Santa Rosa Central Library by calling (707) 545–0831. An electronic version of the DEIS can also be viewed at: http:// www.cloverdalerancheria.com/eis.html. To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS, please provide your name and address in writing or by voicemail to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS will be provided upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public Comment Availability Written comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority This notice is published pursuant to section 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6) and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 151 (Friday, August 6, 2010)]
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[Pages 47622-47623]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-19186]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria 
of Pomo Indians' Proposed 70-Acre Trust Acquisition and Resort Casino 
Project, Sonoma County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo 
Indians (Tribe), National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Department of 
Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma County, and City of Cloverdale as 
cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the Tribe's proposed 70 
acre Fee-to-Trust and Resort Casino Project to be located within Sonoma 
County, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public 
review and comment. This notice provides a 75-day public comment period 
and thereby grants an automatic 30-day extension to the normal 45-day 
public comment period.

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DATES: The DEIS will be available for public comment beginning August 
6, 2010. Written comments on the DEIS must arrive by October 20, 2010. 
A public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6 
p.m. to 9 p.m. or until the last public comment is received.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Dale Morris, 
Regional Director, Pacific Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 
Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. The public hearing will be held at: 
Cloverdale City Citrus Fairgrounds, Citrus Fair Drive Number 1, Tea 
Room, Cloverdale, CA 95425. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for locations 
where the DEIS will be available for review and instructions for 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978-6051.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested the BIA to acquire 
six parcels, totaling 70 acres of land, on which the Tribe 
proposes to develop a destination resort casino. Approximately 2 acres 
of the site are located within the City of Cloverdale, California, 
while the remaining 68 acres are within unincorporated Sonoma County, 
California. The project site is situated immediately east of Highway 
101 and borders Asti Road. Regional access to the project site is 
provided by Highway 101, with local access provided by South Cloverdale 
Boulevard via Highway 101. The proposed trust parcels partially overlap 
with the Tribe's historic Rancheria location.
    The proposed action consists of: The fee-to-trust transfer of the 
project site; Federal review (by NIGC) of the development and 
management contract; and development of the proposed project. The 
proposed project includes: An 80,000 square-foot casino; 287,000 
square-foot hotel with 244 rooms; 48,600 square-foot convention center; 
28,100 square-foot entertainment center; 3,400 garage and surface 
parking spaces; and other ancillary facilities. A 20,000 square-foot 
tribal government building is proposed on the south end of the project 
site. Buildings would have a height of up to two stories above grade 
with the exception of the hotel and parking garage which would have a 
height of up to five stories above grade.
    The BIA, serving as the lead agency for compliance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), published a Notice of Intent 
To Prepare the EIS for the proposed action in the Federal Register on 
July 7, 2008. (See 73 FR 38466). In addition to the Tribe, NIGC, EPA, 
Caltrans, Sonoma County, and the City of Cloverdale have accepted 
invitations to be cooperating agencies, as entities having jurisdiction 
by law or special expertise relevant to environmental issues.
    BIA held a public scoping meeting on July 30, 2008, at the 
Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in the City of Cloverdale, California. 
From that scoping meeting, a range of project alternatives were 
developed and subsequently analyzed in the DEIS, including: (1) 
Alternative A--Proposed Action; (2) Alternative B--Reduced Hotel and 
Casino; (3) Alternative C--Reduced Casino; (4) Alternative D--Casino 
Only; (5) Alternative E--Commercial Retail-Office Space; and (6) 
Alternative F--No Action Alternative. Environmental issues addressed in 
the DEIS include land resources; water resources; air quality; 
biological resources; cultural and paleontological resources; 
socioeconomic conditions; transportation; land use and agriculture; 
public services; noise; hazardous materials; visual resources; 
environmental justice; growth inducing effects, indirect effects; 
cumulative effects; and mitigation measures.

Directions for Submitting Comments

    Please include your name, return address, and the caption: ``DEIS 
Comments, Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' Fee-to-Trust and Resort 
Casino Project,'' on the first page of your written comments and submit 
comments to the BIA address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice.

Availability of DEIS

    The DEIS will be available to view at Cloverdale Regional Library, 
401 North Cloverdale Boulevard, Cloverdale, CA 95425 and at the Santa 
Rosa Central Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. General 
information for the Cloverdale Regional Library can be obtained by 
calling (707) 894-5271 and the Santa Rosa Central Library by calling 
(707) 545-0831. An electronic version of the DEIS can also be viewed 
at: http://www.cloverdalerancheria.com/eis.html. To obtain a compact 
disk copy of the DEIS, please provide your name and address in writing 
or by voicemail to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS 
will be provided upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the 
requestor for the number of copies requested.

Public Comment Availability

    Written comments, including the names and addresses of respondents, 
will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the 
ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, 
phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information 
in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly 
available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold 
your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Authority

    This notice is published pursuant to section 1503.1 of the Council 
of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) 
implementing the procedural requirements of NEPA of 1969, as amended 
(42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-
6) and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant 
Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.

    Dated: July 20, 2010.
Donald Laverdure,
Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2010-19186 Filed 8-5-10; 8:45 am]
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