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Notice of Intent to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) # 619 for the Santa Ana River Parkway Extension Project

 
NOTICE OF PREPARATION

DATE:  April 30, 2014
SUBJECT:  Notice of Intent to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) # 619 for the Santa Ana River
      Parkway Extension Project
APPLICANT:  Orange County Public Works Department
ADDRESS:  300 N. Flower Street, Santa Ana, California 92703

Project Contact:  Jeff Dickman Phone:  (714) 647-3937

The Orange County Public Works Department (OCPW), Strategic Land Planning Division has conducted an Initial Study for the subject project and has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is necessary.   The OCPW will be the Lead Agency for the subject project and will prepare the EIR.  In order for your concerns to be incorporated into the Draft EIR, we need to know your views as to the scope and content of the environmental information in connection with the proposed project.  Please submit your comments related to the EIR and the proposed project to Jeff Dickman at OC Public Works Department, OC Planning, P.O. Box 4048, Santa Ana, CA  92702-4048, or email to jeff.dickman@ocpw.ocgov.com.  The complete project Initial study analyses indicating the probable environmental effects of the proposed action are available for review at: 1) OC Public Works, 300 N. Flower, Room 716, Santa Ana, California 92703; and 2) OC Planning Website: wwww.ocplanning.net. 

Location: The proposed project is located within a 2-mile stretch of the Santa Ana River Riding and Hiking Trail and Santa Ana River Class I (off-road, paved) Bikeway (SAR Parkway).  Specifically, the project area is located between Gypsum Canyon Road on the west and the Orange/Riverside/San Bernardino County boundaries on the east, and between the BNSF railroad and La Palma Avenue on the north and State Route (SR) 91 freeway on the south. See the project location map on the back of this sheet.

Project Description: The proposed project includes the construction of a new Class I Bikeway, Riding and Hiking Trail, and associated amenities on the north and south banks of the Santa Ana River (SAR), between Gypsum Canyon Road Bridge and the Orange County boundary.  A new Riding and Hiking Trail (approximately 1.75 miles) would be located parallel to the existing SAR Class I Bikeway that is located on the southern bank of the SAR, adjacent to SR-91.  A new parallel Class I Bikeway and Riding and Hiking Trail (approximately 0.57 miles) would extend through a portion of the existing Green River Golf Course toward the BNSF Railroad, where the alignment would then follow the BNSF Railroad eastward to the Orange/San Bernardino County boundary.  This new parallel Class I Bikeway and Riding and Hiking Trail would start approximately 0.15 mile upstream from the Coal Canyon off-ramp in Chino Hills State Park.  A new parallel Class I Bikeway and Riding and Hiking Trail would extend eastward from Gypsum Canyon Road Bridge (approximately 1.07 miles) on the northern bank of the SAR, adjacent to La Palma Avenue.  Three bridges (narrow/non-vehicular) will be constructed. Two of those bridges will cross the Santa Ana River and will connect the new Class I Bikeway, the new Riding and Hiking Trail, and the existing SAR Class I Bikeway.  The proposed project will include other design features such as a staging area, trailheads, turnouts, and vista points.  Construction of the proposed project is expected to take approximately 18 months and is anticipated to begin mid-2017.

Public Scoping Meeting: A public scoping meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at the Green River Golf Club (Tri-County Rooms), 5215 Green River Road, Corona, California 92880. All parties are invited to attend this meeting to provide comments and input on the content of the EIR for this proposed project. See the meeting location map on the back of this sheet.

Pursuant to Section 21080.4 of CEQA, your response must be sent as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after receipt of this notice.  The 30-day public review period starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 30, 2014.

All parties that have submitted their names and mailing addresses will be notified if any significant changes in the proposed project occur.  If you wish to be placed on the mailing list, please submit your name and mailing address to Jeff Dickman at OC Public Works Department, OC Planning, P.O. Box 4048, Santa Ana, CA  92702-4048.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Project Contact at the number listed above. 
        
Submitted by:

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       Manager, Strategic Land Planning Division

 

Project Location Map / Meeting Location Map

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