CEQA/NEPA PROJECT EXAMPLES
CITY OF LAKE ELSINORE | East Lake Specific Plan Amendment No. 11
EIR and supporting technical studies.
CITY OF LAKE ELSINORE | Mission Trail Apartments Project
IS/MND and supporting technical studies.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (SBCTA) ON-CALL | SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA
Totaling $3.7 million to date, VCS has produced CEQA/NEPA documents, provided environmental project management and/or conducted peer reviews for numerous SBCTA projects in the course of our environmental on-call contract including, but not limited, to the following:
I-10 Express Lanes Project
Mt. Vernon Grade Separation
US Highway 395
GATEWAY PLAZA | RIALTO, CA
VCS prepared the Entitlement Application and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document for Pacifica Companies as they designed a commercial redevelopment that involved the repurposing of a previously occupied Walmart building into a multiple tenant/ multiple use building with the addition of three new outparcel buildings. This Project required an Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the CEQA process.
TRABUCO / REMINGTON TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | IRVINE, CA
VCS prepared a Categorical Exemption and supporting attachments to characterize the project and outline necessary technical studies. The Trabuco/Remington Project will signalize and reconfigure the intersection to enable continuous left‐turn and through movements over the 60-foot wide channel. The reconfiguration will modify the channel, the box culvert and the wingwalls, and require installation of a retaining wall.
BIOLOGICAL Project Examples
MILL CREEK WETLANDS MITIGATION, RECREATION, WATER QUALITY REGIONAL FACILITY
VCS led the visioning for this regional facility which utilizes funds from upstream development as well as a State Water Resources Control Board grant to provide a 52-acre amenity within U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) lease land in the Prado Basin. VCS worked with the Corps Colonel and staff, City of Ontario and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to design and implement this successful project.
LONG BEACH SOUTHEAST AREA DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SEADIP)
VCS prepared the Biological Resources Assessment and Wetland Delineation for the SEADIP Specific Plan. VCS prepared this CEQA Biological Technical Report, including the policies related to establishment of a Wetlands Monitoring Fund to provide a capital source for long term management of the wetlands.
CITY OF MURRIETA LOS ALAMOS SPORTS COMPLEX
The Los Alamos Sports Complex required mitigation for impacts from grading. The mitigation was incorporated into the facility and planted with riparian species. VCS oversaw the design and implementation of the mitigation and conducted the requisite five-year monitoring and reporting to the resource agencies. The site gained agency sign off at the end of the monitoring period.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (SBCTA)
VCS acts as environmental staff for SBCTA against multi-year on-call contracts. In this capacity, VCS biologists conduct nesting bird surveys, focus species surveys, oversee mitigation sites and conduct California Rapid Assessment Methodology surveys.
CITY OF LAKE ELSINORE
VCS provides on call environmental services to the City of Lake Elsinore including strategic advice related to the City’s Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan requirements, nesting bird surveys, including the endangered least Bell’s vireo, burrowing owl surveys, special status plant surveys, and wetlands surveys.
REGULATORY Project Examples
I-15/I-215 “DEVORE” INTERCHANGE PROJECT | San BERNARDINO county, Ca
The Devore Interchange study area included over 100 drainages with direct impacts to over 50 drainages. The VCS team successfully negotiated a series of nationwide permits to cover these impacts. VCS worked with the engineering team to limit impacts to Cajon Wash to avoid the need for a Section 404 Individual Permit and facilitated meetings with the Corps engineering division to expedite a Section 408 Permit. VCS also prepared a CRAM analysis for the project. The project also required a CDFW Section 1600 SAA and a Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board Section 401.
I-215 HOV LANE GAP CLOSURE PROJECT | San BERNARDINO county, Ca
VCS permitted and processed a Section 404 Permit, CDFW Section 1600 SAA and SARWQCB Section 401 Certification for impacts to the Santa Ana River as well as 19 other drainage features.
SKYRIDGE RESIDENTIAL PROJECT | MISSION VIEJO, CA
The Skyridge Residential Development Project proposed an 84-single family home development located on approximately 28.5 acres of County-designated Open Space. VCS obtained the ACOE Section 404 Permit, RWQCB Section 401 Certification, CDFW Section 1600 SAA, Section 106 and Section 7 permits.
CHINO HILLS CDFW MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT | Chino hills, ca
VCS delineated 20 flood control facilities and prepared a CDFW Maintenance Agreement on behalf of the City of Chino Hills for storm drain maintenance. A Corps Section 404 Permit was also obtained for one of the drainages that required major sediment removal.
PETERSEN RANCH MITIGATION BANK | los angeles county, ca
VCS oversaw the preparation and processing of the Petersen Ranch Mitigation Bank, the largest mitigation bank in the State of California. VCS was instrumental in securing Bank Enabling Instrument (BEI) approvals from the Corps, EPA, CDFW, and RWQCB for the project as well as obtaining a Corps 404 Permit, CDFW 1600 SAA and Lahontan RWQCB 401 Certification. VCS also prepared the CEQA document for the Conditional Use Permit and secured the grading permit from Los Angeles County.
CULTURAL Project Examples
ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT ON-CALL | ORANGE COUNTY, CA
Patrick Maxon has provided cultural resources environmental analyses services on an as-needed basis as part of an on-call contract with the Orange County Water District since 2010. Cultural resources investigations have included Phase I cultural resources records searches, assessments and surveys; preparation of monitoring and mitigation plans; construction monitoring; and laboratory processing and curation of cultural materials.
Representative cultural resources task orders completed as part of the on-call contracts, include the following:
La Palma Recharge Basin, Anaheim, CA
Prado Basin Mitigation Sites, Orange/Riverside/San Bernardino Counties, CA
Fletcher Basin Improvement Project Cultural and Paleontological Resources Mitigation Monitoring Plan, Orange, CA
Centennial Park Injection Well Project, Santa Ana, CA
EW-1 Groundwater Containment and Treatment Project, Fullerton, CA
Santiago Recharge Basin Project, Orange, CA
Smith Basin Rehabilitation Project, Orange, CA
740 E. La Palma Records Search and Literature Review, Anaheim, CA
Talbert Extraction Well Decommissioning Project, Huntington Beach, CA
BANNING RANCH | Newport Beach, CA
Cultural Resources Services
Cultural resources studies conducted for the project site by Patrick Maxon, RPA included archaeological, historical, and paleontological investigations to support the project's EIR, followed by additional testing and mitigation work to secure a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (CCC). Initial investigations consisted of (1) a Phase I reconnaissance of the Project site to confirm that the existing conditions of the site were the same as found during previous surveys; (2) Phase II test-level excavation of eight prehistoric and three historic archaeological sites present on the site to characterize the sites and determine eligibility for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources; (3) an assessment and evaluation of the built-environment resources associated with the West Newport Oil Company development on site; (4) a paleontological assessment of the project site's potential for the presence of sensitive rock formations and fossil resources; and (5) extensive Native American and California Coastal Commission (CCC) consultations for two separate CDPs that included preparation of an Archaeological Research Plan; excavation and monitoring of shovel and backhoe test pits to test the boundaries of known archaeological sites on the property; and development of an Archaeological Mitigation and Monitoring Plan to guide monitoring during ground disturbing activities at the site. Monitoring of ground disturbing activities will follow.
BAKER RANCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECT | Lake Forest, CA
Archaeological and Paleontological Investigations
Beginning in late 2012, Patrick Maxon assisted in the implementation of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program adopted as a part of the EIR for Phase I of the Baker Ranch Development Project. After completing a Phase I reconnaissance study and Phase II testing of two archaeological sites on the project site, Patrick managed the implementation of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program adopted for the project. It includes archaeological, Native American, and paleontological monitoring programs to be instituted during grading of the project site. Much of the site is underlain by the late Miocene to early Pliocene Epoch Oso Sand Member of the Capistrano Formation, which is one of the most prolific fossil-bearing units in Orange County. Hundreds of fossil localities (including various bones associated with whales, a seal, sharks, and fishes, as well as plant remains and invertebrates) were found, as well as several burnt rock features interpreted as hearths. The collection is curated at the John D. Cooper Center in Santa Ana.
PALM SPRINGS SIGNALIZATION PROJECT | PALM SPRINGS, CA
This project proposes to modify and upgrade 19 existing signalized intersections in the City of Palm Springs. Patrick Maxon and VCS’ cultural services on this project included the preparation of an Area of Potential Effects (APE) map; completion of a cultural resources literature review of the APE at the Eastern Information Center (EIC) located at the University of California, Riverside; a field survey of the APE; and preparation of an ASR and HPSR. During this time, consultations with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, resulted in a change to the project to avoid a site sacred to the tribe.