NOTICE OF PREPARATION
OF A PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
FOR THE CITY OF OXNARD PUBLIC WORKS
INTEGRATED MASTER PLAN
The City of Oxnard will be the Lead Agency and will prepare a programmatic environmental impact report (PEIR) for the proposed City of Oxnard Public Works Integrated Master Plan (PWIMP). We need to know the views of your agency as to the scope and content of the environmental information that is germane to your agency’s statutory responsibilities in connection with the proposed project. Your agency will need to use the PEIR prepared by our agency when considering your permit requirements or other approval for the project. You are receiving this notice in accordance with CEQA Guidelines and Section 3.6(c) of Oxnard City Council Resolution No. 9133.
The project description, and location are discussed below. A comprehensive summary of the City’s PWIMP is located on the City’s website at https://www.oxnard.org/city-department/public-works/public-works-integrated-master-plan/
Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City of Oxnard (City) plans to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) on its Public Works Integrated Master Plan (PWIMP, Project, and/or Proposed Project). The City will be the lead agency under CEQA. In addition, the City is seeking grant and loan funds from the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program that is administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). As a result, if the Proposed Project is to receive funds under the State Board’s SRF Program, the State Board will be responsible, on behalf of the USEPA, for ensuring that the project adheres to federal environmental regulations, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the General Conformity Rule for the Clean Air Act (CAA), among others. The USEPA has chosen to use the CEQA as the compliance base for California’s SRF Loan Program, in addition to compliance with ESA, NHPA, and CAA. Collectively, the State Board calls these requirements CEQA-Plus. As such, this PEIR is intended to be prepared to CEQA-Plus Standards in order to aid in the City’s pursuit of obtaining SRF funds.”
The Notice of Preparation comment period begins on August 04, 2016 and ends on September 6, 2016. Due to the time limits mandated by State Law, your response must be sent at the earliest possible date but not later than 30 days after receipt of this notice. Please send your comments to Steve Brown, SMB Environmental, Inc., P.O. Box 381, Roseville, CA 95661 or by email (email@example.com), or call (916) 517-2189 should you require further information. Please include the name of a contact person in your agency when communicating regarding this matter.
Project Title: City of Oxnard Public Works Integrated Master Plan (PEIR No. 2016-02)
Project Location: The City of Oxnard is located along the Pacific Ocean coastline in Southern California, just northwest of Los Angeles. Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County and is at the center of a regional agricultural industry with a growing business center. The City has jurisdictional authority to provide potable water, wastewater, recycled water, and stormwater services to its nearly 200,000 citizens and numerous industrial and commercial users.
Project Applicant: City of Oxnard Public Works Department, 305 West Third Street, Third Floor, East Wing, Oxnard, CA 93030.
Project Description: The purpose of the PWIMP is to provide a central planning document to guide improvements to the City’s water infrastructure through the planning horizon (2040). Specifically, the PWIMP addresses future planning needs including infrastructure additions and upgrades for City’s water, wastewater, recycled water, and stormwater utilities. The PWIMP builds upon previous planning efforts using a coordinated methodology, which will allow the City to take full advantage of potential linkages and synergies between the four water utility systems. In addition, the PWIMP is also coordinated with a street plan in an attempt to allow timing of future street upgrades to be tied together with infrastructure upgrades.
Scoping Meeting. The City of Oxnard, in its role as Lead Agency, will hold a public scoping meeting to provide an opportunity for the public and representatives of public agencies to address the scope of the PEIR. The Scoping Meeting for the PEIR for the project is scheduled for August 24, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the City of Oxnard Community Room, located at 300 West Third Street, First Floor (exterior doors at the southwest corner of Third Street & South B Street).
Kathleen Mallory, AICP
Planning & Environmental Services Manager
cc: City of Oxnard Public Works Dept.
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