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SPK-2006-00182, Public Notice of (Standard Permit Application), North Vista Plaza, Calaveras County, CA

USACE Sacramento District Regulatory Division
Published June 30, 2022
Expiration date: 7/30/2022

Public Notice:

Comment Period: June 30, 2022– July 30, 2022

SUBJECT:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (Corps) is evaluating a permit application for the discharge of fill material in approximately 1.01 acres of waters of the United States to construct the North Vista Plaza project.  This notice is to inform interested parties of the proposed activity and to solicit comments. 


AUTHORITY:  This application is being evaluated under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the discharge of fill material into waters of the United States.


APPLICANT: Mr. Evan Licht

LGI Homes California, LLC

2251 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 110

Roseville, California  95661


LOCATION:  The approximately 34.45-acre project site is located in the Valley Springs area, near Cosgrove Creek in Section 26, Township 4 North, Range 10 East, MDB&M, Latitude 38.1688°, Longitude -120.8414°, Calaveras County, California, and can be seen on the Valley Springs USGS Topographic Quadrangle.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant is proposing to construct a residential development.  Based on the available information, the overall project purpose is to provide houses for the community.  The applicant believes there is a need for this project.  The attached drawings provide additional project details.




Environmental Setting.  There are approximately 1.244 acres of wetlands within the project area.  The wetland types within the project boundary include seasonal wetlands (0.197 acres), seasonal wetland swale (0.566 acres), seep (0.141 acres), vernal pools (0.302 acres), and intermittent drainage (0.038).


Alternatives.  The applicant has not provided information concerning project alternatives.  Additional information concerning project alternatives may be available from the applicant or their agent.  Other alternatives may develop during the review process for this permit application.  All reasonable project alternatives, in particular those which may be less damaging to the aquatic environment, will be considered.


Mitigation.  The Corps requires that applicants consider and use all reasonable and practical measures to avoid and minimize impacts to aquatic resources. If the applicant is unable to avoid or minimize all impacts, the Corps may require compensatory mitigation.  The applicant has proposed to implement Best Management Practices during construction activities, and to purchase mitigation credits to compensate for the proposed impacts to waters of the United States at a Corps approved mitigation bank or within the Corps’ in-lieu fee program.


OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS:  Water quality certification or a waiver, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board is required for this project.  The applicant has indicated that they have not yet applied for this certification.


HISTORIC PROPERTIES:  Potentially eligible cultural resources may be affected by the proposed project.  The Corps will initiate consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.


ENDANGERED SPECIES:  The proposed activity may affect Federally-listed endangered or threatened species or their critical habitat. The Corps will initiate consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service, pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, as appropriate.  California red legged frog (Rana draytonii), California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) and eighteen special-status plant species are known to occur in the Valley Springs area.  


ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT:  The proposed project may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat.  The Corps will initiate consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service, pursuant to Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as appropriate.


The above determinations are based on information provided by the applicant and our preliminary review.


EVALUATION FACTORS:  The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the described activity on the public interest.  That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources.  The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the described activity, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments.  All factors which may be relevant to the described activity will be considered, including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.  The activity's impact on the public interest will include application of the Section 404(b)(1) guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Part 230).

The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, State, and local agencies and officials, Indian tribes, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity.  Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition, or deny a permit for this proposal.  To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and other public interest factors listed above.  Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.


SUBMITTING COMMENTS:  Written comments, referencing Public Notice SPK-2006-00182 must be submitted to the office listed below on or before July 30, 2022.


Ms. Kathy Norton, Project Manager

US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District

1325 J Street, Room 1350

Sacramento, California  95814-2922



The Corps is particularly interested in receiving comments related to the proposal's probable impacts on the affected aquatic environment and the secondary and cumulative effects.  Anyone may request, in writing, that a public hearing be held to consider this application.  Requests shall specifically state, with particularity, the reason(s) for holding a public hearing.  If the Corps determines that the information received in response to this notice is inadequate for thorough evaluation, a public hearing may be warranted.  If a public hearing is warranted, interested parties will be notified of the time, date, and location.  Please note that all comment letters received are subject to release to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the applicant, the applicant’s consultant Ms. Kyrsten Shields for Helix Environmental Planning, Inc.,, (916-435-1202, or the Corps' project manager Ms. Kathy Norton, (916) 557-5260,