The district commander has received a joint application for federal and state permits as described below:
Virginia Gateway Associates, LP
Jon M. Peterson
12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 400
Fairfax, Virginia 22033
LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The approximately 24 acre project site is located east of Limestone Drive, approximately 2,000 feet south of the intersection of Wellington Road (Route 674) and Limestone Drive in Prince William County, Virginia.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The applicant proposes to construct a commercial development and associated infrastructure. The applicant is proposing to permanently impact 1.9 acres of palustrine forested wetland and 0.25 acre of palustrine emergent wetland.
This project is a parcel situated within a larger parcel known as the Virginia Gateway project. A portion of the impacts associated with this site were previously authorized under separate Corps authorization. That authorization has expired and this phase of the project remains undeveloped. Review for avoidance and minimization and compensation were completed during Corps review of the entire Virginia Gateway project for previous authorization. While the project itself proposes total impact to onsite wetlands of the US, the applicant proposed avoidance and minimization on a much larger scale by evaluating the entire Virginia Gateway site rather than individual parcels. In addition the applicant provided, via the JPA, onsite and offsite alternatives that are up-to-date and pertain to this specific parcel. The Corps has requested an updated avoidance and minimization and compensation discussion that includes the larger Virginia Gateway project.
As compensation for the proposed impacts the applicant is proposing the purchase of wetlands credits from a Corps approved wetland mitigation bank.
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.
Preliminary review indicates that: (l) no environmental impact statement will be required; (2) the Corps determined the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) which is listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (PL 93-205) may be affected. Therefore, the Corps is initiating coordination with the USFWS regarding the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) via this public notice; and (3) no known properties eligible for inclusion or included in the National Register of Historic Places are in or near the permit area, or would likely be affected by the proposal. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments or requests for hard copies on this project should be made in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: Anna R. Lawston), PO Box 578, Amissville, Virginia 20106, or at email@example.com and should be received by the close of business on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
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
Anna R. Lawston via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 540-937-4197.
FOR THE DISTRICT COMMANDER:
Anna R. Lawston
Northern Virginia Regulatory Section