Published Dec. 21, 2012
Expiration date: 1/20/2013

The district commander has received a joint application for federal and state permits as described below:


City of Danville
Economic Development
PO Box 3300
Danville, VA 24543


WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK:  The project is located in the watershed of unnamed tributaries to the Dan River a tributary to the Roanoke River, west of Gypsum Road (SR 736) at the intersection of Gypsum Road and  Masonite Drive (SR 1172) in the City of Danville, Va.

PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE:  The applicant proposes to construct an industrial park to be known as the “GOK Industrial Park.”  The applicant proposes to fill waters of the U.S. for the purpose of providing developable pad sites, access roads and utilities for GOK, a Chinese furniture manufacturing/assembly business in the City of Danville, Va.  Proposed permanent impacts will occur to 3,470 linear feet of ephemeral stream channel and 1,273 linear feet of intermittent stream channel, for a total of 4,743 linear feet of stream channel impact and 0.17 acres of palustrine forested wetlands and 0.03 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands, for a total of 0.20 acres of wetland impacts.


The applicant incorporated onsite avoidance and minimization efforts to avoid and minimize impacts.  Those efforts include:

1)     Proposed grading has been revised to minimize stream and wetland impacts while still providing sufficient footprint areas for construction.  

2)     Pad sites will be developed in a “campus style” layout rather than one large pad site to avoid impacts to the stream channels.

3)     Utility crossings have been minimized by crossing streams and wetlands perpendicular to the resource.

4)     Utility impacts have been combined with lot grading where feasible to avoid additional impacts.

The applicant proposes to compensate for permanent stream channel impacts through a combination of purchasing stream credits from an approved compensatory mitigation bank and onsite permittee responsible compensation.  The stream compensation is proposed to provide approximately 3,422 Unified Stream Methodology stream credits.   Wetland compensation is proposed at a 2:1 ratio for forested wetlands and 1:1 ratio for emergent wetlands.  Wetland compensation is proposed to be provided through the purchase of 0.39 wetland credits from an approved compensatory 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 and regulations pertaining to water quality are not violated. 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) no species of fish, wildlife, or plant (or their critical habitat) listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (PL 93-205) will be affected; and (3) based on the historic resource surveys completed to date, a preliminary recommendation of no effect is being coordinated with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  Additional information might change any of these findings. 


COMMENT PERIOD:  Comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers, West Central Field Office (ATTN:  Jeanne Richardson), PO Box 3160, Lynchburg, Virginia 24503, and should be received by the close of business on Jan. 20, 2013.


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

Jeanne Richardson at 434-384-0182 or








                                                                        Peter R. Kube

                                                                        Chief, Western Virginia

                                                                        Regulatory Section