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December 7, 2010
   1. New Haven Station Parking Garage and Pedestrian Access, New Haven.
   None in this edition
  STEP I - Notices of Intent to Transfer Property. None in this edition

   STEP II - Public comments regarding proposed transfers that were posted previously in the Environmental Monitor, and the Office of Policy and Management's (OPM's) responses to those comments. None in this edition


   STEP III - Draft recommendations of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection regarding preservation of properties proposed for transfer.None in this edition


   STEP IV - Final recommendations of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection regarding disposition of properties proposed for transfer, along with comments and responses from Step III.  None in this edition.


   STEP V - Final determinations by the Secretary of OPM regarding the ultimate disposition of properties proposed for transfer.  None in this edition.

The next edition of the Environmental Monitor will be published on December 21, 2010.
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The following Scoping Notice has been submitted for review and comment in this edition.
"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.


1. Notice of Scoping for New Parking Garage and Pedestrian Connection – Union Station (New Haven Railroad Station), New Haven, Connecticut

Municipality where proposed project might be located:  New Haven

Address of Possible Project Location:  Union Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519

Project Description: The proposed undertaking involves the construction of a multi-level parking facility on the south side of Union Station in the City of New Haven. The facility will be designed with a minimum capacity of 670 parking spaces to accommodate commuters currently awaiting parking at the station. The project will include improvements deemed necessary to provide for the safe and efficient circulation of vehicular traffic, which includes busses, from, around, and within the facility.  Pedestrian traffic is also being considered in the planning and design of the facility which will include a pedestrian overpass from the second level of the garage to Union Station, an escalator within the station to convey people from the overpass to the concourse level, and improvements to existing elevators and handicap accessibility through the station from the new garage to the track access tunnel.

Project MapsClick here to view the project area location

                      Click here to view a rendition of the proposed project

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on December 17, 2010

Any person can 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 December 1, 2010.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander - Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency: State of Connecticut Department of Transportation
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Fax: 860-594-3028

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

Name: Mr. Keith T. Hall - Transportation Supervising Planner
Agency: State of Connecticut Department of Transportation
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-2926
Fax: 860-594-3028

The agency expects to release an Environmental Impact Evaluation for this project, for public review and comment in July, 2011.

No Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) notices have been submitted for review and comment in this edition.


State Land Transfer Notices

Connecticut General Statutes Section 4b-47 provides for public notice of proposed transfers of state-owned lands out of state ownership. The notice process takes place in steps. Step I is the notice of intent to transfer, which includes an opportunity for any person to comment. If comments are received, the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) will respond, and the comments and responses will be published as Step II.

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may choose to evaluate the property more thoroughly and recommend preservation of the property or restrictions on the transfer. Step III is publication of the Commissioner's report and draft recommendations, and includes a 30-day public comment period. Step IV is publication of the Commissioner’s responses to any public comments along with the Commissioner's final recommendations regarding the property.

Step V is publication of OPM’s final determination regarding disposition of the property. Fifteen days after this posting the transfer may proceed.

IMPORTANT:  Most proposed transfers are not required to go through all five steps.  The land may be sold or transferred 15 days after the close of the comment period of Step I if no comments are received.  If comments are received, and the DEP does not elect to conduct and publish a more thorough study of the property, the land may be sold or transferred 15 days after publication of the comments and responses under Step II.

The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) maintains a list of properties that have been through the public comment phases that includes links to comments received and OPM's responses.

No Step I, Step II or Step III Notices were submitted for review and comment in this edition.

No Step IV or V notices were submitted for review or comment in this edition.

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