July 21, 2020
Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA ) Project Inventory now available
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- Notice of Scoping, with a new link to the virtual public meeting, for Old Farms Road Realignment and Improvements , Avon.
Scoping Notice - Post-Scoping Notice (Need More Time)
No notice for additional time has been submitted for publication in this edition.
- Post-Scoping Notice for Huckleberry Hill Water Main Extension, Brookfield.
- Record of Decision for University of Connecticut Ice Hockey Arena Development, Mansfield.
OPM Determination of Adequacy
No Determination of Adequacy Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.
State Land Transfer
No State Land Transfer Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.
The next edition of the Environmental Monitor will be published on August 4, 2020.
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Inquiries and requests to view or copy documents, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, must be submitted to the sponsoring state agency.
"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning. At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist. Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study. Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated. Read More
1. Notice of Scoping for Old Farms Road Realignment and Improvements
Municipality where proposed action might be located: Avon
Address of possible location: Old Farms Road
Project Description: The Town of Avon has received funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) to improve the safety conditions without drastically changing the rural character of Old Farms Road. The proposed project will be approximately 3,205 feet, extending from at 3-way tee intersection at Thompson Road, continuing north with a slight turn to the west to a proposed 3-way intersection with Scoville Road, then continuing north to a high point and then gradually curved to the east, where the proposed alignment ends at the current alignment terminus. The proposed alignment will provide a safer pedestrian environment, safer driving environment, and minimal additional right of way requirements, avoidance of wetland resources, ease of construction /maintenance of traffic and reasonable construction cost. This proposed new alignment will be constructed conforming to the Town of Avon and CTDOT “Urban Collector” guidelines and was endorsed as the preferred alignment by the Avon Town Council.
Project Map: Click Here to view an aerial map of the project area showing the proposed realignment.
Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: August 7, 2020
There will be a virtual Public Scoping Meeting for this proposed action:
DATE: July 22, 2020
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Virtual Meeting
NOTES: Participants can join the virtual Public Scoping Meeting through the following link:
Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling 1-562-247-8422 and entering the Participant Code when prompted: 379-397-901.
Any meeting updates and the registration link, as well as meeting materials, a comment form, information on accessing the meeting, and a recording of the meeting after July 24 can be found at:
Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). Language assistance may be requested by contacting the Department’s Language Assistance Call Line (860) 594-2109. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Language assistance is provided at no cost to the public and efforts will be made to respond to timely requests for assistance.
Persons with limited internet access or similar needs may request by July 15, 2020 that project information be mailed to them by contacting:
Mr. Lawrence Baril, Town Engineer
60 West Main Street, Building # 7 - Second Floor
Avon, CT 06001
A project webpage is available which contains pertinent information about the project and contains a link to the upcoming virtual Public Scoping Meeting event. The webpage will remain available throughout the 16-day comment period following the meeting and can be found athttps://www.avonct.gov/engineering-sewer-and-gis-department/pages/old-farms-road
When the recording of the virtual public meeting is uploaded, you can find it in the list of DOT virtual public meetings here: https://portal.ct.gov/dot/general/CTDOT-VPIM-Library
Written comments (email preferred) should be sent to:
Name: Kevin Fleming
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Office of Environmental Planning
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
Name: Lawrence Baril, Town Engineer
Agency: Town of Avon, Engineering, Sewer and GIS Department
Address: 60 West Main Street, Building #7 - Second Floor, Avon, CT 06001
Phone: (860) 409-4378
Fax: (860) 409-4364
Inquiries and requests to view and or copy documents, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, must be submitted to the sponsoring state agency:
Name: Ms. Alice M. Sexton
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Office of Legal Services
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Phone: (860) 594-3045
What Happens Next: CTDOT will make a determination whether to proceed with preparation of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) or that the project does not require the preparation of an EIE under CEPA. A Post-Scoping Notice of its decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.
If an agency is unable to publish a Post-Scoping Notice within six months after the comment period for scoping, the agency will publish an update with an action status and an estimate as to when a Post-Scoping Notice will be published. Such an update will be published by the agency at six-month intervals until the Post-Scoping Notice is published. Read More
A Post-Scoping Notice is the determination by a sponsoring agency, after publication of a Scoping Notice and consideration of comments received, whether an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) needs to be prepared for a proposed State action. Read More
2. Post-Scoping Notice for Huckleberry Hill Water Main Extension
Project Title: Huckleberry Hill School Water Main Extension
Municipality where project will be located: Brookfield
CEPA Determination: On May 5, 2020, the Department of Public Health (DPH) published a Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this project in the Environmental Monitor.
Based on the DPH’s environmental assessment of this project which includes a review of comments provided by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) dated June 2, 2020, it has been determined that the project does not require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) under CEPA. The DPH will coordinate with the Town of Brookfield to ensure that the recommendations received during the Scoping period are implemented.
If you have questions about the project, you can contact the agency at:
Name: Mr. Eric McPhee
Agency: Department of Public Health – Drinking Water Section
Address: 410 Capitol Avenue, MS #12DWS, PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Inquiries and requests to view and or copy documents, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, must be submitted to the sponsoring State Agency:
Name: Mr. Av Harris
Agency: Department of Public Health
Address: 410 Capitol Avenue, MS #13CMN , PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
What happens next: The DPH expects the project to go forward. This is expected to be the final notice of the project to be published in the Environmental Monitor.
After Scoping, an agency that wishes to undertake an action that could significantly affect the environment must produce, for public review and comment, a detailed written evaluation of the expected environmental impacts. This is called an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE). Read More
After an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) is developed, an agency will prepare a concise public record of decision, which takes into consideration the agency’s findings in the EIE, and any comments received on that evaluation. Read More
1. Record of Decision for University of Connecticut Ice Hockey Arena Development
Municipality where proposed action will be located: Mansfield
CEPA Determination: On February 18, 2020 and March 17, 2020, the University of Connecticut published a Notice of Availability of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) in the Environmental Monitor,in accordance with Section 22a-1d of CEPA.
The University held a public hearing on April 8, 2020 in accordance with Executive Order 7B during the State's public health and civil preparedness emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comments on the EIE were received through April 17, 2020 from the general public, the Town of Mansfield, and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The University prepared responses to those comments, supplemental materials and amendments, and its conclusion is documented in the Record of Decision for the proposed action.
Name: John Robitaille, Senior Project Manager
Agency: University Planning, Design & Construction - UConn
Address: 31 Ledoyt Road, Unit 3038, Storrs, CT 06269-3038
Phone: (860) 486-5930
Inquiries and requests to view and or copy documents, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, must be submitted to the sponsoring state agency.
What happens next: The University of Connecticut has submitted the Record of Decision to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) for review. OPM's determination regarding the Record of Decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.
After an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) is developed. the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) will determine if the EIE is adequate. If not, OPM will specify the areas of inadequacy with reference to CEPA or the CEPA regulations and specify the corrective action required. Read More
Connecticut General Statutes Section 4b-47 requires public notice of most proposed sales and transfers of state-owned lands. The public has an opportunity to comment on any such proposed transfer. Each notice includes an address where comments should be sent. Read more about the process.
CEPA Project Inventory
The Office of Policy and Management maintains a list of projects the have entered the CEPA process. It shows each project's status. The inventory can be found at ftp://ftp.ct.gov/opm/CEPA/CEPA%20Project%20Inventory.xlsx .