Comments Period: March 27, 2015 – April 11, 2015
SUBJECT: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, (Corps) is evaluating a permit application to construct the Creekview project. A public notice for this project was issued in September 2010 for proposed impacts to approximately 14.17 acres of waters of the United States. This supplemental notice is being issued as impacts to waters of the United States that would result from the project have increased to approximately 24.78 acres. The increase in impacts has resulted from verification of the delineation map for the off-site improvement area. Additionally, 12.7 acres were removed from the project as noticed in 2010 and submitted, with off-site improvements to Blue Oak Boulevard and Westpark Drive, as a separate Department of the Army Permit application by the City of Roseville (Blue Oaks Boulevard and Westpark Drive Improvement project, SPK-2013-00206). 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: Granite Bay Development Communities, Mr. David Ragland, 3001 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 200, Roseville, California 95661-3809
LOCATION: The 507.3-acre site is located on Pleasant Grove Creek, in Sections 14 and 15, Township 11 North, Range 5 East, Mount Diablo Meridian, Latitude 38.802215°, Longitude -121.387439°, in Roseville, Placer County, California, and may be viewed on the CA-PLEASANT GROVE USGS Topographic Quadrangle.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project site consists of a 448.7-acre on-site development area and a 58.6-acre off-site improvement area. The 39.9-acre Harris property and 12.7-acre Blue Oaks Boulevard Improvements area are not included in the Creekview permit application. As discussed above, the Blue Oaks Boulevard Improvements have been removed from the project and processed separately. The Corps has not received a permit application for development of the Harris Property. The applicant proposes to construct a total of 2,098 dwelling units within the 448.7-acre on-site development area. Additionally proposed land uses within the on-site development area include 133.3 acres set aside in permanent open space, 15.9 acres for parks and recreation, 9.5 acres of public/quasi-public uses (elementary school, well site, lift station, recycling center and electrical substation), 37 acres of roadway rights-of-way, and 27.4 acres of mixed use commercial (commercial, business professional and mixed-use residential). Additionally the applicant proposes to construct a storm water bypass channel on the south side of Pleasant Grove Creek. The bypass channel would parallel Pleasant Grove Creek on 14.79 acres of the on-site development area and 12.02 acres of the 58.6-acre off-site improvement area. The purpose of the bypass channel is to reduce the extent of the 100-year floodplain within the on-site development area. The overall project purpose is to construct a large-scale mixed use residential development in western Placer County. The applicant believes there is a need to help meet the City of Roseville’s housing demand while accommodating non-residential development in the Roseville Area. The attached drawings provide additional project details.
Environmental Setting. There are approximately 92.72 acres of wetland and stream habitats within the 507-acre project area. The on-site development area is characterized by level to gently sloping annual grassland with interspersed swale and depressional wetlands. A valley oak dominated riparian corridor is located along Pleasant Grove Creek. The majority of the 58.6-acre off-site improvement area was formerly leveled and used for rice farming. The off-site improvement area includes an approximately 54-acre seasonal wetland complex in the leveled area, and a 2.54-acre riparian wetland complex on the western portion of the site. The City of Roseville has owned the off-site improvement area property since 2002 and has leased the land for dry farming.
Alternatives. The applicant has provided information concerning on- and off-site project alternatives. Additional information concerning project alternatives may be available from the applicant or their agent. 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. The applicant is proposing to purchase compensatory mitigation credits from a Corps approved mitigation bank to offset impacts to 9.72 acres of wetlands, including vernal pools and swales, and 3.04 acres of seasonal marsh and intermittent drainage. To compensate for impacts to 12.02 acres of farmed seasonal wetlands in the off-site improvement area, the applicant is proposing to establish seasonal wetland and riparian habitats within the on- and off-site portions of the bypass channel corridor.
OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS: Water quality certification, as required under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, is required for this project. The applicant has obtained certification, but may need a revision to account for the increase in impacts to the aquatic environment.
HISTORIC PROPERTIES: Based on the available information, no cultural resources were identified within the project's area of potential effect. The Corps initiated consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in February 2015 and received concurrence from the State Historic Preservation Officer in March 2015 that no historic properties would be affected by the project as proposed.
ENDANGERED SPECIES: The proposed activity may affect the Federally-listed vernal pool fairy shrimp, Branchinecta lynchi, and vernal pool tadpole shrimp, Lepidurus packardi. The Corps initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, in March 2011. In September 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a biological opinion for the project.
ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT: The proposed project would not adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) as defined in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
The above determinations are based on information provided by the applicant and our 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-2006-00650 must be submitted to the office listed below on or before April 11, 2015
William Ness, 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 or the Corps' project manager William Ness, 916-557-5268, William.W.Ness@usace.army.mil.
Attachments: 8 drawings