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CENAO-WR-R NAO-2006-6403/VMRC#17-0219

Posted: 3/28/2017

Expiration date: 4/26/2017


 FEDERAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The District Commander has received a joint application for Federal and State permits as described below:

 APPLICANT
EW Giles Farm, LLC

Mr. Dean Vincent

14700 Village Square Place

Midlothian, Virginia  23112

WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The project is located on unnamed tributaries of the Chickahominy River, tributary to the James River and the Chesapeake Bay, at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Atlee Station Road and Giles Farm Road, Hanover County, Virginia.                                         

PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The applicant proposes to construct 265 single family home lots, a community center, roads, stormwater facilities, and utilities on 201 acres parcel known as Giles Farm subdivision phase II. The applicant stated purpose is to provide house for a demand in the area along Atlee Station Road.  This development will tie into Giles Farm Subdivision phase I also under permit review at this time. The project will permanently impact 1.40 acres of palustrine forested wetlands, 0.01 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands, 948 LF of stream channel, conversion of a 0.71 acre open water pond to a stormwater pond, temporary impacts to 18 linear feet of stream channel and conversion of 0.21 acres of palustrine forested wetlands to palustrine emergent wetlands.  The applicant has shown avoidance and minimization by crossing waters of the U.S at the most perpendicular angle, adjusting several lot lines and stormwater facilities to lie outside of waters of the U.S. and placing 149 acres in open space. The applicant proposes to compensate for unavoidable impacts by purchasing 2.82 wetland credits (a 2:1 ratio) for palustrine forested wetlands, purchasing 0.01 wetland credits (1:1 ratio) for palustrine emergent wetlands, for conversion of 0.21 acres of palustrine forested wetlands to palustrine emergent wetlands by purchasing 0.21 wetland credits (1:1 ratio) and purchasing 1,154 stream credits (USM) from the Willis River Mitigation Bank. 

In addition to the required Department of the Army permit, the applicant must obtain a Virginia Water Protection Permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assuring that applicable laws.  Project drawings are attached. 

AUTHORITY: Permits are required pursuant to Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act (Public Law 95-217) and Title 62.1 of the Code of Virginia. 

FEDERAL EVALUATION OF APPLICATION: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. The decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits which reasonably may be expected from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All of the proposal's relevant factors will be considered, including conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, cultural values, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values, land use classification, 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 Environmental Protection Agency's "Guidelines for Specification of Disposal Sites for Dredged or Fill Material" will also be applied (Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act).   

The Corps of Engineers 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 direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers 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 the 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.  Anyone may request a public hearing to consider this permit application by writing to the District Commander within 30 days of the date of this notice, stating specific reasons for holding the public hearing.  The District Commander will then decide if a hearing should be held. 

Preliminary review indicates that: (l) no environmental impact statement will be required; (2) after conducting the NAO ESA Project Review Process there may be an effect to listed/proposed/candidate species and/or designated/proposed critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Official Species List and Species Conclusion Table is attached for review and comment by Fish and Wildlife Service; and (3) the following properties 44HN0281, 042-5308, and 042-0207 are known properties eligible for inclusion or included in the National Register of Historic Places and/or are in or near the permit area. Additional information might change any of these findings.   

For compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended for projects located in Tidewater, the applicant must certify that federally licensed or permitted activities affecting Virginia's coastal uses or resources will be conducted in a manner consistent with the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program (VCP) and obtain concurrence from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Office of Environmental Impact Review (OEIR). We have not received a certification from the applicant prior to publication of this public notice.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a consistency certification to the Office of Environmental Impact Review for concurrence or objection and proof of concurrence must be submitted to the Corps prior to final permit issuance. A template federal consistency certification can be found here:

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/EnvironmentalImpactReview/FederalConsistencyReviews.aspx#cert 

For more information or to obtain a list of the enforceable policies of the VCP, contact the Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Impact Review at (804) 698-4330 or e-mail: bettina.sullivan@deq.virginia.gov or john.fisher@deq.virginia.gov. 

COMMENT PERIOD:  Comments on this project should be in writing and can be sent by either email to julie.s.hamilton@usace.army.mil, or by regular mail, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN:  CENAO-WR-R), 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia  23510-1011, and should be received by the close of business on April 26, 2017.  

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY:  Comments and information, including the identity of the submitter, submitted in response to this Public Notice may be disclosed, reproduced, and distributed at the discretion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Information that is submitted in connection with this Public Notice cannot be maintained as confidential by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Submissions should not include any information that the submitter seeks to preserve as confidential.  

If you have any questions about this project or the permit process, contact

Ms. Julie S. Hamilton at (804) 323-3783 or julie.s.hamilton@usace.army.mil.

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