SUBJECT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (Corps) is evaluating a permit application to construct the Salt Creek Heights Subdivision project, which would result in the loss of approximately 0.23 acres of wetlands and approximately 0.18 acres (approximately 2,079 linear feet) of other waters of the United States. 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 dredged or fill material in waters of the United States.
APPLICANT: Gary Blanc, Sierra Pacific Industries, P.O. Box 4960140, Redding, California 96049-6014
LOCATION: The 294-acre site is located within the City of Redding in Sections 32 and 33, Township 32 North, Range 5 West, Mount Diablo Meridian, Latitude 40.58970°, Longitude -122.44142°, Shasta County, California, and can be seen on the CA-Redding USGS Topographic Quadrangle.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to construct a 116-acre residential subdivision that would include approximately 440 residential units and associated infrastructure. Based on the available information, the overall project purpose is residential development. The proposed residential development would result in the loss of approximately 0.002 acre of wetlands and 0.089 acre (approximately 1,210 linear feet) of streams. In addition to the proposed residential development the applicant proposes to extend Buenaventura Boulevard across Gold Run Creek, a tributary to the Sacramento River, into the project site. The proposed extension of Buenaventura Boulevard would result in the loss of approximately 0.23 acre of wetlands and approximately 0.09 acre (approximately 862 linear feet) of streams. The proposed project would result in approximately 0.02 acre of temporary impacts to wetlands and other waters of the U.S. The applicant believes there is a need to provide housing within the City of Redding. The attached drawings provide additional project details.
Environmental Setting. There are approximately 7.57 acres of wetlands and other waters of the U.S. within the project area. The project site is located along the north side of Eureka Way (SR-299), west of the existing terminus of Buenaventura Boulevard. Eureka Way (SR-299) bounds the site to the south. The site is currently undeveloped but was previously mined. Site topography varies from a relatively flat terrace at the center of the site, to moderately steep to very steep canyons. Elevations range from approximately 604 feet above mean sea level (amsl) to 764 feet amsl. Numerous drainages flow into Salt Creek and Gold Run Creek that bound the project site to the north/northwest and east, respectively. Vegetation on-site includes annual grassland, blue oak woodland, mixed chaparral, and riparian wetlands.
Alternatives. The applicant has 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 either purchase credits at a Corps-approved mitigation or to complete permittee-responsible mitigation on-site.
OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS: Water quality certification or a waiver, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Regional Water Quality Control Board is required for this project. The applicant has applied for water quality certification (WDID No. 5A45CR00396).
HISTORIC PROPERTIES: The Corps will initiate consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.
ENDANGERED SPECIES: 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 the National Marine Fisheries Service, pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, as appropriate.
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 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-2007-02130 must be submitted to the office listed below on or before September 2, 2013.
Krystel Bell, Senior Project Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
1325 J Street, Room 1350
Sacramento, California 95814
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 or the Corps' project manager Krystel Bell, 916-557-7745, Krystel.L.Bell@usace.army.mil.
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