NAO-2008-00532 (Grove of Gainesville, Prince William Count, Virginia)

Published June 22, 2023
Expiration date: 7/7/2023

June 22, 2023


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

NTT Global Data Centers VA10, LLC
Attn: Meghan Krafka
1625 National Drive
Sacramento. CA 95834

PROJECT LOCATION:  14210/14300 John Marshall Highway, north of Daves Store Lane, in Prince William County, VA

PROJECT SIZE: Approximately 102-acres

NEAREST WATERWAY: Little Bull Run and Rocky Branch

LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE: 38.8011 -77.6120

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE:  The Corps issued a Department of the Army Permit for The Grove at Gainesville on July 13, 2009, authorizing permanent impacts to a total of 2.2 acre of waters, consisting of 0.02 acre of palustrine forested wetlands (PFO), 0.02 acre of palustrine scrub-shrub wetlands (PSS), 2.04 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands (PEM), and 725 linear feet (0.12 acre) of stream channel for construction of a regional shopping mall and associated infrastructure.  

The applicant proposes a change in purpose and need from mixed-use commercial to a data center campus consisting of approximately four two-story data center buildings, supporting equipment areas, parking, stormwater management, utilities, and associated infrastructure.  The updated land plan proposes an overall reduction in impacts to WOTUS. Revised total permanent impacts include 1.97 acres of waters, consisting of 0.08 acre of palustrine forested wetlands (PFO), 0.05 acre of palustrine scrub-shrub wetlands (PSS), 1.72 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands (PEM), and 725 linear feet (0.12 acre) of stream channel. 

AVOIDANCE AND MINIMIZATION:  The applicant proposes a change in land use and design at the project that results in a net reduction of impacts to 0.23 acre of waters from what is currently authorized by the Department of the Army Permit. 

COMPENSATORY MITIGATION: The revised wetland and stream impacts for the project require the purchase of 1.96 wetland credits and 838 USM stream credits as compensatory mitigation.  These credits have been purchased by the applicant from an approved wetland/stream mitigation bank(s) authorized to sell credits within the 02070010 Hydrologic Unit Code. 

In addition, the applicant must obtain an Individual Section 401 Water Quality Certification or waiver from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assuring that applicable laws and regulations pertaining to water quality are not violated.  

A copy of the joint permit application can be found on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s website:

AUTHORITY: 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, 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 (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.  Preliminary review of the application indicates that no EIS will be required.

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.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: After conducting the Norfolk District Endangered Species Act (ESA) Project Review Process, the Corps has made the preliminary determination that:

There may be an effect to listed/proposed/candidate species and/or designated/proposed critical habitat under the ESA of 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Information and Planning and Consultation (IPaC) Official Species List and Species Conclusion Table are attached for review and comment by the FWS.

Additional information might change any of these findings.


The Corps identified historic properties within the Corps permit area, including DHR #44PW1662 (Thomas Brawner Gaines Farmstead Site), and the following Battlefield Districts: DHR #076-5036 (Bristoe Station Battlefield), DHR #076-5190 (2nd Battle of Manassas), and DHR #030-5152 (Buckland Mills Battlefield).  A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) related to DHR #44PW1662 (Thomas Brawner Gaines Farmstead Site) was executed as a condition of the Department of the Army Permit for the project, and all conditions and requirements of the MOA have been satisfied. 

ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-267), requires all Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on all actions, or proposed actions, permitted, funded, or undertaken by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH).

There is no EFH in the Corps area of responsibility.

VIRGINIA’S COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM: For compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended for projects located in Virginia’s Coastal Zone, 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’s Coastal Zone Management Program (Virginia CZM Program), and obtain concurrence from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Office of Environmental Impact Review (OEIR). It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a consistency certification to the OEIR 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 in the Federal Consistency Manual here: .  For more information or to obtain a list of the enforceable policies of the Virginia CZM Program, contact the DEQ-OEIR at (804) 659-1915 or e-mail:

The applicant has submitted concurrence.

VIRGINIA’S SECTION 401 WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: The Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification Rule (Certification Rule, 40 CFR 121), effective September 11, 2020, requires certification, or waiver, for any license or permit that authorizes an activity that may result in a discharge. The scope of a CWA Section 401 certification is limited to ensuring that a discharge from a Federally licensed or permitted activity will comply with water quality requirements. To comply with the Virginia Section 401 Water Quality Certification Program and the Certification Rule, the applicant is responsible for adhering to the procedures outlined in the Certification Rule when requesting certification from the certifying authority, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In accordance with Certification Rule part 121.12, the Corps will notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator when it has received a Department of the Army (DA) permit application and the related certification. The Administrator is responsible for determining whether the discharge may affect water quality in a neighboring jurisdiction. The DA permit may not be issued pending the conclusion of the Administrator’s determination of effects on neighboring jurisdictions.

COMMENT PERIOD:  Comments on this project should be in writing and can be sent by either email to, or by regular mail, addressed to the North Atlantic Division - TREC (ATTN: Anna Lawston), PO Box 489, Amissville, VA 20106, and should be received by the close of business on July 7, 2023.

PRIVACY AND 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 Anna Lawston at or at 540-764-4459.

Vicinity map
Development plan
Species Conclusion Table