Draft Environmental Impact Statement-South Mall Campus Master Plan, 52943 [2017-24650]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / Notices Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). SI proposes to prepare a Master Plan for its South Mall Draft Environmental Impact Campus to guide future short-term and Statement—South Mall Campus Master long-term renovation and development Plan of the 12-acre campus by establishing holistic planning and design principles. AGENCY: National Capital Planning The campus currently includes five Commission. principle buildings and four designed ACTION: Notice of availability; request gardens, located on the southern side of for comment; notice of public meetings. the National Mall within the monumental core of downtown SUMMARY: The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC or Commission) has Washington, DC. The Master Plan would be implemented over a 20 to 30 released a Draft Environmental Impact year period. The purpose of the Master Statement (DEIS) for the Smithsonian Plan is to guide future short-term and Institution’s (SI) South Mall Campus long-term renovation of the South Mall Master Plan. The DEIS is available for Campus. The Master Plan is needed to comment as of the date of this notice. meet SI’s long-term space requirements, DATES: Submit comments on or before and to address operational deficiencies by January 16, 2018. Two public across the campus that impact visitor meetings will be held to discuss the use and experience, as well as SI’s DEIS: ability to implement its programs 1. Monday, December 11, 2017, from effectively and safely. The project goals 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and are to preserve and protect the historic 2. Monday, December 18, 2017, from buildings and features of the campus, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. improve and expand visitor services and ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be education, create clear accessible held at the National Capital Planning entrances and connections between the Commission, 401 9th Street NW., Suite museums, gardens and surrounding 500, Washington, DC 20004. context, and replace aging and A copy of the DEIS is available for inefficient building systems in order to review at NCPC, or at: https:// better protect collections and decrease www.ncpc.gov/ and http:// SI’s carbon footprint. The DEIS www.southmallcampus.si.edu/ evaluates three master plan action You may submit written comments on alternatives, along with a no-action the DEIS by either of the methods listed alternative. below. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4371–4375; 1 CFR 1. U.S. mail, courier, or hand delivery: 602.23(c). Urban Design & Plan Review Division/ Dated: November 8, 2017. National Capital Planning Commission, Anne R. Schuyler, 401 9th Street NW., Suite 500, General Counsel. Washington, DC 20004. 2. Electronically: [FR Doc. 2017–24650 Filed 11–14–17; 8:45 am] commentsonsouthcampus@si.edu BILLING CODE 7520–01–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Flis, Senior Urban Designer at NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (202) 482–7236 or matthew.flis@ ncpc.gov. Request for Information—Interagency SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Arctic Research Policy Committee, Chaired by the National Science Public Meetings Foundation No prior registration is required to speak at the meetings. Reasonable AGENCY: National Science Foundation. accommodations are available upon ACTION: Request for information. request to the contact individual noted SUMMARY: The Interagency Arctic above. Research Policy Committee (IARPC), Draft EIS chaired by the National Science Foundation, is seeking comment from NCPC, acting as lead federal agency, along with SI, as the project owner, and the public on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the in cooperation with the National Park Conduct of Research in the Arctic Service, has prepared the DEIS to (https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/ evaluate potential environmental conduct.jsp). These Principles were impacts associated with implementing adopted in 1990 by the federal agencies the South Mall Campus Master Plan. that participate in IARPC and published The DEIS has been prepared in in 1990. 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Address written submissions to Renee Crain, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information contact Renee Crain at 703–292–4482. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: All researchers working in the North have an ethical responsibility toward northern communities, their cultures, and the environment. The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) developed the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic to provide guidance for researchers in the physical, biological, behavioral, health, economic, political, and social sciences and in the humanities. The current Principles were prepared by the Social Science Task Force of the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, approved by the IARPC on June 28, 1990, and published by IARPC in volume 9, (Spring, 1995, pp. 56–57) of the journal ‘‘Arctic Research of the United States’’ (https://www.arctic.gov/ publications/related/arotus.html). The Principles address the need to promote mutual respect and communication between scientists and northern residents. These Principles are to be observed when carrying out or sponsoring research in the Arctic or when applying the results of this research. Since 1990, new theoretical and methodological approaches to community engagement and Arctic research have emerged necessitating a review and update of the current Principles with an aim to including more language on partnerships and collaborations, including increased engagement with Indigenous scholars, enhanced community-based E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1

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NATIONAL CAPITAL PLANNING COMMISSION


Draft Environmental Impact Statement--South Mall Campus Master 
Plan

AGENCY: National Capital Planning Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment; notice of public 
meetings.

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SUMMARY: The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC or Commission) 
has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 
Smithsonian Institution's (SI) South Mall Campus Master Plan. The DEIS 
is available for comment as of the date of this notice.

DATES: Submit comments on or before by January 16, 2018. Two public 
meetings will be held to discuss the DEIS:
    1. Monday, December 11, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and
    2. Monday, December 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meetings will be held at the National Capital 
Planning Commission, 401 9th Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 
20004.
    A copy of the DEIS is available for review at NCPC, or at: https://www.ncpc.gov/ and http://www.southmallcampus.si.edu/
    You may submit written comments on the DEIS by either of the 
methods listed below.
    1. U.S. mail, courier, or hand delivery: Urban Design & Plan Review 
Division/National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street NW., 
Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004.
    2. Electronically: commentsonsouthcampus@si.edu

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Flis, Senior Urban Designer at 
(202) 482-7236 or matthew.flis@ncpc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Meetings

    No prior registration is required to speak at the meetings. 
Reasonable accommodations are available upon request to the contact 
individual noted above.

Draft EIS

    NCPC, acting as lead federal agency, along with SI, as the project 
owner, and in cooperation with the National Park Service, has prepared 
the DEIS to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with 
implementing the South Mall Campus Master Plan. The DEIS has been 
prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969, as amended (NEPA). SI proposes to prepare a Master Plan for its 
South Mall Campus to guide future short-term and long-term renovation 
and development of the 12-acre campus by establishing holistic planning 
and design principles. The campus currently includes five principle 
buildings and four designed gardens, located on the southern side of 
the National Mall within the monumental core of downtown Washington, 
DC. The Master Plan would be implemented over a 20 to 30 year period. 
The purpose of the Master Plan is to guide future short-term and long-
term renovation of the South Mall Campus. The Master Plan is needed to 
meet SI's long-term space requirements, and to address operational 
deficiencies across the campus that impact visitor use and experience, 
as well as SI's ability to implement its programs effectively and 
safely. The project goals are to preserve and protect the historic 
buildings and features of the campus, improve and expand visitor 
services and education, create clear accessible entrances and 
connections between the museums, gardens and surrounding context, and 
replace aging and inefficient building systems in order to better 
protect collections and decrease SI's carbon footprint. The DEIS 
evaluates three master plan action alternatives, along with a no-action 
alternative.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4371-4375; 1 CFR 602.23(c).

    Dated: November 8, 2017.
Anne R. Schuyler,
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2017-24650 Filed 11-14-17; 8:45 am]
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