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September 21, 2021

Scoping Notice

  1. NEW! Notice of Scoping for Eagleville Green, Mansfield - Multifamily Housing Development, Mansfield.
  2. NEW! Notice of Scoping for Replacement of Bridge No. 00162 - I-95 over Metro North Railroad, West Haven.

Scoping Notice - Post-Scoping Notice (Need More Time)

  1. Notice of Time Extension for Post-Scoping Notice for Crestwood Drive Water Main Extension, Naugatuck.

Post-Scoping Notice

  1. Cancellation Notice of Connecticut State Police Training Facility Relocation, Glastonbury.
  2. Post-Scoping Notice for Evaluation of Maintenance Building Location at East Haven Rifle Range, East Haven.
  3. Post-Scoping Notice for West Haven Waterfront Redevelopment Project, West Haven.
  4. NEW! Post-Scoping Notice for Naugatuck Valley Regional Wastewater Study, Ansonia, Derby, and Seymour.

Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE)

    No EIE Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.

Agency Record of Decision

    No Record of Decision has been submitted for publication in this edition.

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 October 5, 2021.
 
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Scoping Notice

"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


The following Scoping Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.

 

1. Notice of Scoping for Eagleville Green, Mansfield - Multifamily Housing Development

Address: 113-121 South Eagleville Road

Municipality: Mansfield, CT

Project Description:

The proposed project is a multifamily residential mixed-income rental development of 42 units on a 5.2 acre site.  The new units will be located in 7 buildings around a central green with 22 units serving 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), 7 units at 60% AMI, 2 units at 80%, and 11 units at 120% AMI/market rate.  The complex will include a mix of unit styles and sizes for families as well as single individuals.  Five units will meet the federal and state requirements for handicap accessibility.   The site is located in a balanced priority funding area surrounded by multi-family and single family homes and will be serviced by public utilities, emergency providers, and local bus transportation.  The location offers a short walk to University of Connecticut, retail and grocery stores, banks, post office, restaurants, schools and the Community Center and Town Hall.

The property is currently partially developed with 2 single family structures.  One structure will remain to provide a 2-bedroom unit and the other will be demolished.  The State Historic Preservation Office has reviewed project and has determined that no historic properties will be affected.  

Environmental Site Assessment Reports of the property have been completed and show 2 minor environmental conditions which will be remediated with site preparation.   The project will meet state and federal requirements for all site and soil mitigation. The proposed site plan includes the preservation and protection of the existing wetlands on the eastern portion of the site. Civil engineering measures to maintain and support these wetlands have been reviewed and approved by the Town of Mansfield Inland Wetlands Commission and the project will meet all required measures and conditions of approval.  The location does not include critical habitat for any state or federal listed species according to the CT DEEP Natural Diversity Data Base maps and it is not inside of any mapped aquifer protection, watershed, or flood zone areas.

There are no current farming activities at this site and the state’s farmland soils map indicate that the property does not include over 5 acres of farmland soils.  The scope of work includes connection to the newly constructed municipal high pressure sanitary sewer line to the west of the site.  The proposed project has received the review and approval of the Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission in March of 2020.

Project Maps:

Click here to view a Site Plan 1 of 2 of the project.
Click here to view the Site Plan 2 of 2 with Location Plan of the project. 


Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Any person may ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below. If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting. Such requests must be made by Friday, October 1, 2021.


Written comments and/or requests for a public scoping meeting should be sent to:

Name:  JaCinta Frazier 
Agency: Department of Housing
Address: 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
E-Mail: DOH.CEPA@ct.gov

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Name:  JaCinta Frazier 
Agency: Department of Housing
Address: 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
E-Mail: DOH.CEPA@ct.gov

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: Randi Pincus, Staff Attorney
Agency: Department of Housing
Address: 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106
E-Mail: Randi.Pincus@ct.gov

What Happens Next: The sponsoring agency 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 the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA). A Post-Scoping Notice of its decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.


2. Notice of Scoping for Replacement of Bridge No. 00162 - I-95 over Metro North Railroad

Address of project location: Bridge No. 00162 carries I-95 over Metro North Railroad and is located roughly 0.25 miles west of the I-95/West River crossing. 

Municipality where proposed action might be located: West Haven

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to address the bridge's poor condition and functional obsolescence.  The project proposes to replace the existing six-span superstructure, piers, and abutments with a new three-span composite continuous superstructure.  It is anticipated that the new piers and abutments will be supported on both the existing and newly installed piles.  The bridge will be widened to accommodate an additional southbound vehicular lane; and approximately 2,200 feet of I-95, including the southbound Exit 43 off-ramp, will be reconstructed. 

Project MapClick here to view a map of the project area.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on: Friday October 29, 2021

There will be a Virtual Public Scoping Meeting for this proposed action:

DATE: Thursday October 14, 2021

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: Virtual Meeting

NOTES: The meeting will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams Live Event and YouTube Live.  A Question and Answer session will immediately follow the presentation.  Instructions on how to access the meeting and how to provide comments/ ask questions will be available prior to the meeting on the project webpage: https://portal.ct.gov/DOTWestHaven156-181

 

The public scoping meeting is being held to provide the public and local community the opportunity to offer comments or ask questions regarding the proposed project.  Persons with limited internet access may request that project information be mailed to them by contacting Alvaro Garcia Jr. by email at Alvaro.Garcia@ct.gov or by phone at (860) 594-3353. Allow one week for processing and delivery.   

 

Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling (888) 566-5916 and entering the Participant Code when prompted: 9977843.  Persons with hearing and/or speech disabilities may dial 711 for Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).  The MS Teams Live Event offers closed-captioning for the hearing impaired and non-English translation options.  A recording of the formal presentation will be posted to YouTube following the event and closed-captioning (including non-English translation options) will be available at that time.  The recording will also be available in the list of CTDOT virtual public meetings here:

https://portal.ct.gov/dot/general/CTDOT-VPIM-Library

 

Visit the project webpage for options for Apple users.  During the Q&A session and the comment period that follows the meeting, individuals may leave a question or comment via email (preferred) at DOTProject156-181@ct.gov. Individuals may also leave a voicemail question or comment by calling (860) 944-1111.  Please refer to project number 156-181 in your voicemail.

 

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.  

 

Written comments, questions about the public meeting, or questions about the project should be sent to (email preferred):

Name: Mr. Alvaro Garcia, Jr., Transportation Supervising Engineer

Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Construction

Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131

Phone: (860) 594-3353

E-Mail: Alvaro.Garcia@ct.gov

  

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

E-Mail: Alice.Sexton@ct.gov

What Happens Next: The sponsoring agency 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 the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA). A Post-Scoping Notice of its decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.


Scoping Notice - Post-Scoping Notice (Need More Time)

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


The following notice for additional time has been submitted for publication in this edition.

1. Notice of Time Extension for Post-Scoping Notice for Crestwood Drive Water Main Extension

Municipality: Crestwood Drive and Autumn Ridge Road, Naugatuck

CEPA Determination: On March 16, 2021, the Department of Public Health (Department) published a Notice of Scoping (March 16 2021 (ct.gov)to solicit public comments for this action in the Environmental Monitor. The Department is unable to publish its determination regarding this action at this time.

Action Status:  The CT Water Company (project owner/borrower) is working with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to satisfactorily complete the requirements for the Natural Diversity Data Base (NDDB). This NDDB application requirement was not identified in DEEP’s original comments on the project scoping notice as the project was not previously located within the protected area. However, in the June 2021 NDDB map update, a portion of the project site encroaches within an NDDB area and as such, DEEP requested the project owner to submit an NDDB application for processing.

Estimated Publication Date: The Department estimates that a Post-Scoping Notice will be published in the Environmental Monitor on or before December 21, 2021.

If you have questions about the proposed action, contact:

 

Name:

Eric McPhee

Agency:

Dept. of Public Health Drinking Water Section

Address:

410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

 

Phone:

(860)509-7333

 

E-Mail:

DPH.SourceProtection@ct.gov

 

What Happens Next: The Department of Public Health 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 the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA). A Post-Scoping Notice of its decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.


Post-Scoping Notice

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


The following Post-Scoping Notices have been submitted for publication in this edition.

 
1. Cancellation of Notice of Connecticut State Police Training Facility Relocation

 

Municipality where proposed project might be located:  Glastonbury

 

Address of Possible Project Location: Easterly end point of Toll Gate Road

 

Project History: The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of State Police (CSP) originally proposed to relocate its existing Firearms Training Facility and Program located on Nod Road in Simsbury to a site in Glastonbury. The proposed site was generally situated along Route 2 adjacent to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Public Shooting Range, located within the Meshomasic State Forest. The exact parcel configuration and project layout was to be determined during design had the project proceeded.

 

Comments were received during the public comment period.

 

Agency Determination: The DESPP, CSP has determined it is not feasible to undertake the project as described the last time a notice appeared in the Environmental Monitor on May 7, 2013 because of issues unrelated to the environmental review requirements of the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA).

 

Any questions can be directed to:

            Name:            David Barkin FAIA

            Agency:         Department of Administrative Services

              Division of Construction Services

            Address:        450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 1305

                                    Hartford, CT 06103

            Phone:            860-713-5631

            Email:             David.Barkin@ct.gov

 

What Happens next: The proposed project is cancelled. Should the project be proposed at a future date, the CEPA process will be initiated again with a new Scoping Notice announcing that intent.


2. Post-Scoping Notice for Evaluation of Maintenance Building Location at East Haven Rifle Range

Project Title: Connecticut Military Department (CTMD) Maintenance Building Construction at East Haven Rifle Range

Address: 591 North High Street

Municipality: East Haven

CEPA Determination: On July 19, 2016, the CTMD published a Scoping Notice to solicit public comments for this proposed project in the Environmental Monitor.

Based on the CTMD's environmental assessment of this project which includes a review of comments provided by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, it has been determined that the project does not require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) The CTMD ensured that the recommendations received during the Scoping period were implemented.

The agency’s conclusion is documented in a Memo of Findings and Determination  and an Environmental Review Checklist.

 

Agency contact:

Name:  Mr. Robert Dollak, Environmental Program Manager

Agency: Connecticut Military Department Construction and Facilities Management Office 

Address: 360 Broad Street, Room 224 Hartford, CT 06105

Phone:  (860) 524-4945

E-Mail: robert.f.dollak.nfg@mail.mil

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 Maintenance Building has been constructed in a manner which satisfies CT DEEP floodplain management requirements. No further actions are required.


3. Post-Scoping Notice for West Haven Waterfront Redevelopment Project

Address: Water Street Waterfront Area (Elm Street and Water Street)

Municipality:City of West Haven

Area Map: 

CEPA Determination: On December 4, 2018, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) published Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this proposed project in the Environmental Monitor.

Comments were received during the public comment period from the Connecticut Department of Public Health- Drinking Water Section and the Environmental Health Section

The responses to the comments received are incorporated into the Environmental Review Checklist. After consideration of the comments received, the DECD has determined that the project does not require the preparation of Environmental Impact Evaluation under CEPA.  The agency 's conclusion is documented in a Memo of Findings and Determination and an Environmental Review Checklist.

Agency contact:

Name: Vincent Lee

Agency: DECD - Office of Capital Projects

Address: 450 Columbus Boulevard 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860.500.2444

 E-Mail: Vincent.Lee@ct.gov

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 DECD expects the project, to go forward. This will be the final notice for this project in the Environmental Monitor.


4. Post-Scoping Notice for Naugatuck Valley Regional Wastewater Study

Municipalities where proposed project would be located: Ansonia, Derby, Seymour

CEPA Determination: On 11/5/2019 and continuing to 11/19/2019, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection published a Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this proposed project in the Environmental Monitor.

No comments were received during the public comment period. 

Due to the complexity of this project and the multiple towns this project may serve, DEEP decided to proceed with the preparation of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) following the November 2019 scoping notices, and plans to post the draft EIE in the October 5, 2021 edition of the Environmental Monitor.  Over the course of the phased study, it was determined that the recommendations from the study will affect only three of the five original towns involved in the first phase of the study.  Although DEEP did not adhere to the 6-month series of notifications updating the status of the preparation of the EIE as required by the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) regulations, this notice provides all of the necessary project information as required by CEPA regulations.  

 

Agency contact:

Name:  Stela Marusin

Agency: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Address: 79 Elm Street, Hartford CT 06106

E-Mail: Stela.Marusin@ct.gov

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 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection expects the proposed action to go forward with a Draft Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE). The Draft  EIE will be published in the October 5, 2021 edition of the Environmental Monitor. 


EIE Notice

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 


No EIE Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.


Agency Record of Decision

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 


No Record of Decision Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.


OPM's Determination of Adequacy

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 


No Determination of Adequacy Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.


State Land Transfer Notice

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


No State Land Transfer Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.


 

CEPA Project Inventory

The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) maintains a list of projects they have entered the CEPA process. It shows each project's status. The inventory can be found here.


CEQ Contact Information

All inquiries and requests of the Council should be sent electronically to: peter.hearn@ct.gov.


 

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