The district commander has received a joint application for federal and state permit modifications as described below:
Department of Transportation
Attn: Steve Adams
800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832
WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The project site is located along Newby’s Bridge Road, generally north of Route 288, in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The project site drains into a tributary to Licking Creek.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The applicant proposes to improve approximately 3,500 linear feet of Newby’s Bridge Road between Hagood Lane and Belmont Road. Improvements will consist of widening the pavement and adding an 8 foot shoulder on each side of the road. The horizontal and vertical alignment will also be improved by removing approximately 2,000 linear feet of horizontal and vertical curves. Four culverts will need to be replaced and upgraded to accommodate the new road width. The project purpose is to improve safety along the corridor by improving vertical and horizontal alignment and providing wider lanes and shoulders. As proposed, the project will permanently impact 0.85 acres of forested wetlands, 0.42 acre of emergent wetlands, 221 linear feet of stream channel and will convert 0.25 acre of forested wetlands to emergent wetlands. To mitigate for the proposed impacts, the applicant proposes to purchase 2.39 wetland credits and 217 stream credits. The applicant indicated that wetland impact have been avoided and minimized by widening the road the minimum width necessary to improve safety.
In addition to the required Department of the Army permit, the applicant must obtain a Virginia Water Protection Permit/401 certification from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 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.
This project was previously coordinated with the resource agencies. Preliminary review indicates that: (l) no environmental impact statement will be required; (2) after conducting the NAO ESA Project Review Process the Northern long eared bath (proposed Endangered) may occur near or within the project limits. Based on this information, coordination with the Fish and Wildlife Service is required; and (3) Historic properties 020-5483, 44CF0293, 44CF0294 are located near the project limits. 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.state.va.us/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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers, Richmond Field Office, 9100 Arboretum Parkway, Suite 235, Richmond, Virginia 23236, and should be received by the close of business on Dec. 26, 2014.
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, please contact
Dr. Silvia Gazzera at 804-212-6817 and email@example.com.
FOR THE DISTRICT COMMANDER:
Lynette R. Rhodes
Chief, Southern Virginia