April 22, 2016
FEDERAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The District Commander has received a joint application for federal and state permits as described below:
W.C. Sawyer Company, INC
P.O. Box 245
Carrolton, VA 23314
WATERWAY AND LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED WORK: The project site is approximately 41 acres and is located west of the Edgewood Estates residential development, north of Carrollton Boulevard, south of Whippingham Parkway, in Carrollton, Virginia. The site drains into Ragged Island Creek, which drains into the James River, a navigable water of the U.S.
PROPOSED WORK AND PURPOSE: The applicant’s stated purpose is “to use land that the applicant owns in Carrollton, Virginia to construct a residential development. This project will fill a need for smaller, affordable housing in the Carrollton area”. To meet this purpose the applicant proposes to construct a single-family residential subdivision and related infrastructure improvements. The current proposal consists of 69 lots permanently impacting 1.58 acres of forested wetlands and 0.022 acres of open water associated with the construction of roads, lots, and utilities. To mitigate for the proposed impacts, the applicant proposes to purchase credits from the Lewis Farm Mitigation Bank. Permanent forested wetland impacts will be mitigated for at a 2:1 basis. The applicant indicated that impacts to waters of the U.S. have been avoided and minimized by taking the following steps:
1. Avoidance of 2.309 acres of onsite wetlands
2. Establishing the remaining 2.309 acres of wetlands as a conservation easement protecting it from future development
3. Reduction of onsite wetland impacts from 3.867 acres to 1.558 acres
4. Reduction of the scope of the project from 70 lots and a park to 69 lots without a park
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 and a permit from the Isle of Wight County Wetlands Board. 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) 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) 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 or email@example.com.
COMMENT PERIOD: Comments on this project should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing, addressed to the Norfolk District, Corps of Engineers (ATTN: CENAO-WR-R (Denson)), 803 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510-1096, and must be received by the close of business on May 23, 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 Mr. Brian Denson at email@example.com or at (757) 201-7792.