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 MARY AVENUE -- THE PROJECT and Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) In General

Project Description Provided by the City of Sunnyvale as part of the MAEP Environmental Scoping Meeting of Feb 21, 2007 Project Description provided by Dave Whittum as part of his comment in 09/07 A history of the MAE project written by Eleanor Hansen and Tammy Salans. Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) In General

 

POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE PROJECT

(This list is based on a list provided by City of Sunnyvale Staff on October 29, 2008 in connection with another project, a set of buildings. It has been modified slightly to be applicable for a proposed bridge with accompanying roadways. The substituted words are italized.) 

The EIR will analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed bridge and roadways project. 

The EIR will address the following environmental issues:  land use, transportation, air quality, noise, visual and aesthetics, biological resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, hazards and hazardous materials, cultural resources, utilities and service systems, energy, availability of public facilities and services, cumulative impacts, alternatives to the project, and growth inducing impacts.  A brief discussion of the anticipated environmental impacts is presented below.  

Land Use:  The EIR will evaluate potential land use conflicts between the proposed land uses and the existing land uses in the project area.  The EIR will describe any physical environmental impacts related to the project’s compatibility with surrounding uses.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant land use impacts, as appropriate.  

Transportation:  The traffic analysis prepared for the EIR will compare the trip generation of the proposed project with the trips from the existing uses on the site and will evaluate the potential for the project to result in intersection and freeway level of service impacts.  The EIR will analyze the long-term and near-term impacts on the nearby roadways.  The adequacy of the site’s proposed access and circulation will also be evaluated.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant transportation impacts, as appropriate.   

Air Quality:  The EIR will describe the regional air quality conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will address air quality impacts expected to result from the proposed redevelopment project, in conformance with the criteria identified by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  Impacts from construction-related activities, such as construction vehicle exhaust and fugitive dust, will also be discussed.  The EIR will estimate the traffic to be generated as a result of the project and the potential air quality impacts resulting from project-generated traffic.  Project-specific mitigation measures necessary to reduce significant air quality impacts will be identified, as appropriate.  

Noise:  The EIR will discuss the existing noise setting and will evaluate the noise impacts associated with the construction and operation of the bridge and bridge-generated traffic.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant noise impacts, as appropriate.  

Visual and Aesthetics:  The EIR will describe the existing visual character of the project site area and will address the visual impacts of the project.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant visual and aesthetic impacts, as appropriate.  

Biological Resources:  A description of the biological conditions on the site and the impacts of the project will be evaluated in the EIR.  The EIR will address the presence/absence of special-status plant and animal species and sensitive habitats on the site.  A survey of the existing trees on the site will also be included in the EIR.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant impacts to biological resources, as appropriate.  

Geology and Soils:  The EIR will describe the geologic setting and will address the impacts associated with developing the site.  The suitability of the soils on-site to support the proposed structures will be evaluated.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant geological impacts, as appropriate.  

Hydrology and Water Quality:  The EIR will describe the changes in site drainage and hydrological conditions resulting from the project.  The EIR will identify the capacity of existing and planned storm drain systems to accommodate storm water runoff from the proposed development, and will discuss methods for draining the project site.  Water quality impacts and conformance with the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, other Regional Water Quality Control Board requirements, and City of Sunnyvale Water Resources Sub-Element of the General Plan will be addressed.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant hydrologic impacts, as appropriate.  

Hazards and Hazardous Materials:  The EIR will describe the existing conditions on and adjacent to the site, including the potential for existing soil and groundwater contamination at the site to impact future uses on the site.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant hazardous materials impacts, as appropriate.  

Cultural Resources: The EIR will describe the potential for prehistoric (Native American) cultural resources to be present on the site and the project’s potential to impact those resources.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant impacts to cultural resources, as appropriate.  

Utilities and Service Systems:  The EIR will describe the existing utilities in the site area and will analyze the impacts of the proposed project on public utilities and services including sanitary sewer, storm drains, water supply, and solid waste.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant impacts to utilities and services systems, as appropriate.  

Energy:  In conformance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15126.4(c) and Appendix F, the EIR will examine the potential for the proposed project to result in excessive or inefficient use of energy and will discuss the energy conservation measures included in the project.  Project-specific mitigation measures will be identified to reduce significant impacts, as appropriate.  

Availability of Public Facilities and Services:  In conformance with CEQA and relevant case law, the EIR will address the availability of public facilities and service systems to meet demands generated as a result of the proposed land use and zoning change.  Impacts will not be identified as environmental unless the project triggers a physical environmental change, such as the need to construct new facilities.   

Cumulative Impacts:  The EIR will address the potentially significant cumulative impacts of the project when considered with other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future projects in the area.  This section will cover all subject areas, including utility capacity (e.g., sanitary sewer capacity), discussed in the EIR and will specify which of the areas are anticipated to experience significant cumulative impacts.  The cumulative impacts analysis will also evaluate the project’s contributions to global climate change, based upon the latest information and direction from the Attorney General and California Air Resources Board (CARB).  

Alternatives to the Project:  Alternatives to the project as proposed, including a “No Project” alternative, will be addressed.  Other alternatives analyzed will be selected based on their ability to reduce or avoid environmental impacts and will likely include an alternative land use and a reduced development  alternative, if those alternatives might reasonably be assumed to reduce or avoid any impacts from the proposed project.  

Growth-Inducing Impacts:  The EIR will discuss the ways in which the project could foster growth in the surrounding environment and the types of growth that could result.  

Other CEQA Sections:  The EIR will include other sections required by CEQA, including Significant Unavoidable Impacts, Significant Irreversible Environmental changes, Authors and Consultants, References, and Technical Appendices.  

Litigation to de-certify the Mary Avenue Extension EIR would need to  be based arguments that said EIR does not satisfy one or more of the above EIR requirements.  

In addition, in the case of the MAEP, comments were made by Attorney Alexander Henson and by the California Department of Transportation raising the question of whether a bridge with the expected traffic could be built in the Moffett Field approach as long as Moffett Field were operating as an airfield.