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RESOLUTION No. g y my y g
OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISO RS O F THE COUNTY O F NEVA DA
COM BIE ROAD M ULTIPURPOSE PATH INITIAL STUDY/NEGATIVE
DECLAM TION
W HEREAS,as scheduled in the Nevada County Capital lmprovement Program, the
DepartmentofTransportation andSanitationhasbegunpreliminaryengineeringonaprojectto
constructamultipurposepathon CombieRoad'
,and
WHEREAS,theprojectproposestoprovidealo-footwideoff-roadasphal
tmulti
purpose
path with l-footshoulders,'and
WHEREAS,theproposedprojectisfundedwithFederalTransportationEnhancement
FundsandlocalDevelopmentFeefunds;and
WHEREAS,theCounty ofNevadahasdetennined thattheprojectissubjectto the
provisionoftheCalifolmiaEnvironmentalQtlalityAct,andactingasLeadAgency,hasprepared
an lnitialStudyandresultantNegativeDeclarationto addresspotentialenvironmentalimpactsas
shownherewithasExhibittiA''7
'and
W HEREAS7the draft lnitial Study and Negative Declaration were circtllated to all
interestedagencieslncluding theCaliforniaStateClearinghouse'
,and
W HEREAS, the Nevada County Board of Supelwisors has reviewed the Negative
Declaration andconducted aptlblichearing atwhichtheBoard invited and consideredcomments
on the adequacyofthedraftenvironmentaldocuments.
NOW ,THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED thatthe Nevada County Board of
Supervisors:
AdoptstheNegativeDeclarationasshownherewith asExhibittçA''fortheCombieRoad
Mul
ti
purposeTrailProjectwiththefinding thattheprojectwillnothaveasi
gnificant
adverseimpactontheenvironment.
Directsthe DirectorofTransportation and Sanitation to file a Notice ofDetenuination
withtheNevadaCountyClerk and theCalifomiaStateOfficeofPlanning and Research.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors ofthe County of Nevada at a regular
meetingofsaidBoard,heldonthe
2nd
dayof
December
,20 03
y
by thefollowingvoteofsaidBoard:
Ayes:Supervisors peter Van Zant, Sue Hnrne, Drew Bedwel1,
Robin Sutherlands Barbara Green.
Noes:
None.
Absent:
None.
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ExhibitGA''
M ITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLAM TION
(CaliforniaEnvironmentalQualityActGuidelinesSection15070)
NevadaCotmtyDepartmentofTransportationand Sanitation
950M aiduAvenue
NevadaCity,CA 95959-8617
(530)265-1411
ProjectTitle:
CombieRoad MultipuposePath
ProjectApplicant: NevadaCountyDepartmentofTransportationandSanitation
DescriptionofProject:
Theprojectproposalconsistsofconstructinganoff-roadmultipurposepathalongthenort
hside
ofCombie Road fora distance of approximately 0.3 miles. The path will begin atW est
Hacienda Drive at the Combie/Magnolia Roads intersection and traverse westward to the
westel'
nendoftheCombiePlazacommercialcenter. Theprojectwillprovideacompletely
separatedrightofway forbicyclists,pedestrians,and othernon--motorized users. Thedesign
willconsistofa lo-footwideasphaltpath with l-footunpaved shoulders. Stop signswillbe
installed at alldriveways and roadways. Allasphalt crossings willconsist of a stamped
concrete pattern to differentiate the path. W here possible the path willmeanderto avoid
existing vegetation and trees. Minoramounts ofright of way willbe required from three
parcels. Septicand watervalveswillbe adjusted where i
n cont
lictwith t
hepath. Ifany
subsurfaceresourcesaresuspected,theprojectwillbeshutdownuntilqualifiedpersonnelcan
I'eview thesite.
ProjectLocation:CombieRoadinthesouthwesternport
ionofNevadaCountyneartheLake
ofthePinesm igginsCornercommunities,GrassValley,California
ThisNegativeDeclarationiscompri
sedofthisform alongwitht
heInitialStudy,whichi
ncludes
thefollowing:
InitialSttzdyChecklist
FINDINGS:
Calforni
aEnvironmentalQualit
yActNegativeDeclarati
onFinding:
TheNevada County Board ofSupervisorsfindsthatthereisno substantialevidencebeforethe
Boardthattheprojectmayhaveasignificanteffectontheenvironment.
ADOPTION:
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors hereby adopts this Negative Declaration for the
CombieRoadMultipumosePathProject.
Signature.
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Title.
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Chair,NevadaCountyBoard ofSupervisors
Date.' /T -T-z.
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NEGATIVE DECLARATION/INITIAL ENVIRONM ENTAL STUDY
FOR THEPROPOSED
CO M BIE ROAD M ULTIPURPO SE PA TH
SCH//2003-102092
Prepared by
NEVADA COUNTY
DEPARTM ENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND SANITATION
950M aiduAvenue
NevadaCity,California 95959
October2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EnvironmentalDetermination
ProjectDescri
ption
ProjectLocationMap
ProjectVicinityMap
ProjectCrossSection
lnitialStudy and Checklist
2 -28
COM BIE ROAD M ULTIPURPOSE PATH
EN VIRONM EN TALDETERM INATION
On the basis of the attached lnitialEnvironmentalSmdy,the proposed Combie Road
Mul
ti
purposePathprojectwillnothaveasignificantadverseeffectontheenvi
ronment.
Upon finalapprovalofthe lnitialStudy and Checklist,a Negative Declaration willbe
preparedforadoptionbytheNevadaCountyBoardofSupelwisors.
NEVADA COUNTY -CALIFORNIA
INITIAL STUDY
COM BIE ROAD M ULTI-PURPOSE PATH
DateoflnitialStudy Preparation:
PreparedBy:
FileNo..
SusanM.Zajac-ProjectManager
NevadaCounty DepartmentofTransportation and Sanitation
240.5528003
NevadaCounty DepartmentofTransportation and Sanitation
PropertyOwner: CountyofNevada
950MaiduAvenue,NevadaCity,CA 95959
Zoning:
CI-SC-SP(NeighborhoodCommercial,ScenicCorridor,SitePerformanceCommunity
Districts)andPD (PlannedDevelopment2.6acresandOpenSpaceremainder)
ProjectLocation: TheprojectislocatedinthenorthwestquadrantsofSection27and28,T 14N,R 8
E onthe''LakeCombi
e,Califomia' ls-minutequadrangle(United StatesGeologicalSurvey 1949).
Thissouthwestportion ofNevadaCountyiscommonlyknownastheHigginsCorner-LakeofthePines
VillageCenteror''HigginsArea''.Thepath willbegin atW estHaciendaDriveattheCombieMagnolia
Roads intersection and traverse westward approximately 0.3 miles along the northern side ofCombie
Road. Thepath willtenninateatthewestelm end oftheCombiePlazaOffce/professional/comlrercial
Center.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Theprojectproposalconsistsofconstructing an off-road multipuposepath along t
henorth sideof
CombieRoad foradistanceofapproximately0.3miles.Thepath willbegin atW estHaciendaDriveat
theCombie/MagnoliaRoad intersection and traversewestward to thewestelm end oftheCombiePlaza
commercialcenter. The projectwillprovide a compl
etely separated right-of-way forbicyclists,
pedestrians,andothernon-motorized users.Thedesign willconsistofa lo-footwideasphaltpath with
l-foot unpaved shoulders. The entrances to the roadway and driveways willmeet the American
DisabilitiesAct(ADA)requirements. Stop signswillbeinstalled alongthepath atWestHacienda
Drive,Armstrong Road.and locationswhere itcrossesthecommercialcenterdriveways. Al1asphalt
crossingswillconsistofastamped concretepattern to differentiate thepath. Wherepossiblethepath
willmeanderto avoid existing vegetation and trees. Treesand vegetation willbetrimmed asnecessary
forclearance. M inoramountsofright-of-way willbe required from threeparcels. Septic and water
valveswillbe adjusted where i
n contlictwith the path. lfany subst
lrface ctllturalresotlrcesare
suspected,theprojectwillbeshutdownuntilqualifiedpersonnelcan review thesite. Noaddi
tional
penmitswillberequiredforconstructionofthisproject.
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COM BIE ROAD M ULTI-PURPOSE PATH
INITIAL STUD YAND CHECKLIST
lnitialStudy- Page2
IYITIAL iTVPY/NO CHECKLIST
INTRODUCTION
Thischecklististobecompletedforallprojectsthatarenotexemptfrom environmentalreview under
the Cal
ifornia Envi
ronmentalQuality Act (CEQA). The i
nformation,analysis and conclusions
containedinthechecklistarethebasisfordecidingwhetheranEnvironmentallmpactReport(ElR)or
NegativeDeclaration(ND)istobeprepared.Additionaly,thechecklistshallbeusedtofocusanE1R
on theeffectsdetermined tobepotentially significant.
Thefollowingabbreviationsindicatethepotentiallevelofimpact:
KnownPoten.Sig.: Known significantenvironmentalimpacts.
Unknown Poten. Sig-: Unknown,potentially significant impacts, which need further review to
detenninesignificancelevel.
Poten.Sig.tzzzf/M itig.: Potentially significantimpacts,which can be mitigated to lessthan significant
levels.
NotSig.:lmpactswhicharenotconsidered significantorno impact.
ProjectEnvironmentalSetting: The projectsi
teis located in the western foothils ofthe Siena
Nevadainthesouthwestel'
nportionoftheCountyatanelevationof1,420-feet.Theprojectislocatedin
an unincolporated area of Nevada County. The site is located within a con-idor of neighborhood
commercialland usesandplanneddevelopmentwithopenspace. ltiswithin closeproximityto theLake
ofthe PinesSubdivision,ahigh-density residentialarea. Nearby schools includetwo high schools,an
intermediateschooland severalelementary schools. The 1995Nevada County GeneralPlan designates
theareatt
Neighborhood Commercial''with zoning forCI-SC-SP (Neighborhood Commercial,Scenic
Con-idorand Site Performance.) The projectis consistentwith and willnoteffectthese zoning
designations.
Theregion liesin the UpperSonoran LifeZone. Theareavegetation ischaracterized by amix ofopen
grasslandandoakwoodland. Theprojectsettinglieswithinahighlydisturbed anddevelopedconidor.
Thesite'stopographyisrelativelyflatandlieswi
thinanexistingtransport
ationcorridor.Theprojectis
within closeproximity to RagsdaleCreek,which suppol'tsa smallriparian conidoron thesouth side of
CombieRoad.
This transportation conidor consists of Combie Road,M agnolia Road, and W est Hacienda Drive
(private).CombieandMagnol
iaRoadsareCountymaintainedmajorcollectorsthatsel
weasthepri
mary
link intotheHiggins Corner,Lake ofthePinesand surrounding communities. Combie Road carries an
averagedail
ytraffic(ADT)volumeinexcessof13,000andMagnoliaRoadanADT inexcessof6,500.
Combie Road nms from the State Highway in an easterly direction to the intersection with M agnolia
Road,atwhichpointitturflssouth,serving theneighborhood shopping center,LakeofthePinesRanchos,
Dark Horseand otherresidentialareas.M agnoliaRoadcontinueseastasthethrough routeandservesthe
gatedcommunity ofLakeofthePines,BearRiverHigh School,two secondal.
y schoolsandlowerdensity
residentialareas. MagnoliaRoad terminatesto the eastatDog BarRoad,which servesasan altenaative
routetoHighway 49 northwardsto GrassValley andsouthwardstoPlacerCounty.
lnitialStudy- Page3
TheNevadaCounty GeneralPlandesignatestheHigginsComer/LakeofthePinesasaçûvillageCenter''.
In keeping with the GeneralPlan's tçvillage Center''concept,the HigginsArea Plan,dated November
2000,reinforcestheneed forpedestrian andbike trailsthroughthecommunity. TheHigginsArea Plan is
apolicy document,which implementsCounty OrdinanceNo.1930,aswellas the goalsand policiesof
the 1995 Nevada County GeneralPlan. Itsupplementsthe countpvide GeneralPlan in guiding future
developmentwithin the HigginsArea and was used in planning and developmentofthe CombieRoad
MultipurposePathproject.
Theprojectispartofacountpvide goaltoimprovetheexisting transportation system,reducetraft
qc
congestion,and enhance pedestrian safety by providing a safe and efficientsystem of non-motorized
facilities. The County'sM asterBicycle Plan,theGeneralPlan,and the HigginsAreaPlan allidentify
CombieRoad as an integralpartofabicyclistand pedestrian network. The intentofthe network isto
improve conditions fornon-motorized use such a bicyclists and pedestrians as wellas encourage new
users.Thisprojectisthefirstphaseofanultimateplantoconstructamultipuposetrailfrom StateRoute
49 to BearRiverHigh Schooland eventuallytoM agnolialntennediateSchoolon Kingston Lane foran
overallapproximatedistanceof1!4 miles.
RelationshiptoOtherProject
s:
ThisprojectispartofthetransportationplantoimprovecirculationintheHigginsCornerandLakeof
the PinesCommunity. A Sub Area Traffic Study,conducted in 1995by Spectrum Engineering andthe
NevadaCountyDepartmentofTransportationandSanitation(DOTS),projectedCombieRoadtohavea
capacitydefi
ciencyby theYear2015. Thestudywasusedtoprojectthezo-yearroadinfrastnlcture
needsfortheconidorandidentifiedalistofprojectsneededtoaccommodateprojectedtrafficvol
umes.
Twooftheidentifiedprojectshavebeenconstructed:RightturnpocketonMagnol
iaRoadatLakeshore
Drive and installation oftwo interconnected trafficsignalsattwo intersectionsalong MagnoliaRoad at
CombieRoad and Lakeshore Drive. Anotherproject,the widening on Highway 49,is cul
rently
tlndenvay. Futtlreimprovementsare scheduled asgrowth continuesand fundingbecomesavailable.A
new HigginsCornerand LakeofthePinesTrafficStudy,preparedbytheNevadaCountyDepartmentof
Transportation and Sanitation asaresultoftheHigginsArea Study,iscurrently in draftform,and will
soon beavailableforpublicreview. Thisstudy addressestheHigginsArea/lwakeofthePinesmaximum
ûkbuildout''versustheftlnctionality oftheroadway system.
Theproposed multipumose trailis partofthe intem alcirculation plan for the corridorand meetsthe
goalsandpoliciesofboth the 1995 NevadaCounty GeneralPlan and theHigginsArea Plan.Thepath
willbedesigned as close aspossible to accommodate the future planned improvements for Combie
Road. Itis recognized,however,that portions ofthe multipurpose path may conflictwith future
developmentandtheUndergroundUtilitiesDistrictPhase11Project.
lnitialStudy -Page4
LAND USE
EnvironmentalSetting..
SeeProjectEnvironmentalSettingdiscussiononPage3
TheNevadaCounty GeneralPlan andtheHigginsAreaPlanpoliciesaddresstheneedforpedestrianandbiketrails
throughoutthecommunity.lnkeepingwiththeGeneralPlan's'tvillageConcept''forthearea,themultipumosepath
willencouragenon-vehiculartrafficbetweensitesandenhancethevisualqualityofthecorridor.
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Wrilltheproposalresultin:
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(App.A) (App.B)
Structures
and/or
land-use
incompatiblewith existing land-use?
H
The induction of growth or
concentration of population'? (pot.
î'ïg/7ï
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tzp/threshold)
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Theextensionofsewertrunk linesor
access roads with capacity to serve
new development beyond this
proposed project? (pot. s'
f
gnt
éct
zn/
threshold)
X
2
Thelossofopenspace'?
e. Establishmentof a use which would
diminish or impair long ten'
n
productivity oftheenvironment'?
X
A substantialalteration ofthe present
orplannedlanduseofan area?
X
H
Creation of an inconsistency or
contlict between existing zoning,
plans or other applicable land use
controls?
X
H
Contlictwith generalplan designation
orzoning?
X
H
X
H
X
H.D,1
Contlict
with
applicable
environmental plans or policies
adoptedby agencieswithjurisdiction
overtheprojeet?
Aftkcts on agriculturalresources or
operations (e.g.impactsto soils or
t-armlands, or impacts from
illconnpatibleland blses)/.7
lnitialStudy -Page5
(Land Use-Continued)
Disrupting or dividing the physical
arrangement of an established
community,including a low-income
orminoritycommunity'?
ImpactfN.
Ncl/.
$.:&/a;
TheprojectislistedintheCounty'sregionalplanningdocuments,includingtheNevadaCountyTransportation
CapitallmprovementProgram (TCIP),theRegionalTransportationPlan(RTP),theHigginsAreaPlan,andthe
NevadaCounty MasterBicyclePlan. TheNevada County Board ofSupervisors,theNevadaCounty Planning
Commission,andtheNevadaCountyTransportationCommissionhavefoundtheprojeettobeconsistentw'îththe
cun-entNevadaCounty GeneralPlan andtransportationpolicies. Theproposalwillnoteffectnoraltertheareas
existingorplannedlanduses.(Checklistitemsl.f,g,hflz?f/1)
Thisprojectisatransportationimprovementactivityalonganexistingdevelopedtransportationconidor. A1l
construction willbeperformed within right-of-waysacquiredbytheCounty.Theexistingcommunitywillnotbe
disrupted upon completion oftheproject. Trafficvolumeswillnotbeeffectedbytheproject. Populations,
designatedopenspace,agriculturalresources,existinglanduseandlongterm productivity oftheenvironmentare
notanticipatedtobesigniticantlyimpactedbytheproject.(Checklistitemsla-e,jandk)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitemsla-k)onthesurroundinglandusesasaresultofthis
projectaction;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
Mitigation KQResidualImpact: NotilwandUse''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
HOUSING
EnvironmenttllSetting:
SeeProjectEnvironmentalSettingdiscussion onPage3regardingsurrounding
resitlentialcommunities.Theprojectisdesignedtoenhancetheaccessibilitybetweentheresidentialcommunities
andthecommercialdevelopment.Theexistingroad system andcurrentuseswillremainthesame.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Loss
existing affordable
dwellings through demolition,
conversion,orremoval?
Displacementofa large number
of current residents? (pot.
sfg//l
u
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t
zrl/threshold)
An effecton existing housing or
create an additionaldemand for
additionalhousing?
Alteringthe location,distribution,
density, t)1-growth rate of the
Populationofanarea'?
X
lnitialStudy- Page6
(Housing-continued)
The inducement of substantial
growth in theareaeitherdirectly
orindirectly'?
X
IntpactDiscussion..
Theprojectisanon-motorizedfacilityimprovement/safktyenhancementactivityandisnotconsideredgrowth
inducing,Thecompletedprojectwillaccommodateg'rowthandprovidetbranaltelmativemodeoftransportation
Nvithinthisneighborhood/commercialarea. Allconstruction willbewithînright-of-way acquiredbytheCounty
andwillnotdisplaceany existingdwellings.Thecurrentroad system willnotbealtered androadwaycapacity
willnotbeincreased.Housingdemandswillnotbeeffectedbythisproject.(Checklistitems2a-e)
Therearenoantici
patedimpacts(Checkl
isti
tems2a-e)onhousi
ngasaresul
tofthisprojectaction;
therefore,nomitigation measuresarebeingrecommended forthisitem.
MitigationKQResidttalImpact:
No''Housing''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
GEOLOGIC PROCESSES
EnvironmentalSetting: Theprojectsiteislocatedinthegeologicalsubstructureg'
roupcomposedofCenozoic
Volcanicand MesozoicGraniteFolnnations. Landslidehazardsareconsidered low inmostareasoftheCounty
withinthisgroup.TheSoilSurveyofNevadaCounty,preparedbytheSoilConservation Service,mapsthissite
asaBoomer-loam soiltype(BoC). Thissoilisgentlyrollingwithrock outcropscoveringlessthan 10% of
surfacearea.Runoffisslow tomedium and erosionisslighttomoderate.Theunderlyingbedrock isgenerally
denseand theareassoilslack thedepthandcohesionlessstructureassociatedwithgroundfailure.Therewillbe
veryminimalgrading along thelength ofthebikepath.An existingdrainageproblem nearthedriveway ofthe
commercialcenterwillbecorrectedaspartofthisproject.
W-illtheproposqlrestpltin:
Known Unltnown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten.
Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Unstable earth conditions or
changestogeologicsubstructure'?
B
Exposure to or production of
unstable earth conditionssuch as
landslides,
earthqtlakes,
liquefaction, soil
creep,
mudslides, ground failure
(including
expansive,
compressible,collapsiblesoils),or
similarhazards?(
pot
.signscant
t
hreshold)
X
Disruptions,
displacements,
compactionorovercoveringofthe
soil by cuts, fills, or extensive
grading'?
X
lnitialStudy- Page7
B
2
(GeologicalProcess-continued)
Changesintopography orground
relieffeatures'?
X
The destruction, covering or
modit-ication of apy unique
geologic, paleontologic, or
physicalfeatures'?
Any increase in wind or water
erosionofsoils,onoroffthesite?
g. Changesinsiltation,deposition or
erosion which may modify the
channelofa river,or stream,or
thebedofanybay,inletorlake?
2
Excessive grading on slopes of
over30percent'?
X
Vibrations, from short-tenn
construction or long-term
operation, which may affect
2
adjoiningareas?
Exposure ofpersonsto potential
impacts involving volcanic
hazard, erosion, change in
topography, unstable soil
conditions from excavations,
grading or fill,or other unique
geologicorphysicalfeatures'?
X
B
ImpactDiscussion:
Theprojectconsistsofeonstructionofalo-footwideasphaltpathwithl-footwideshouldersalonganareathat
hasbeenpreviouslydisturbedandisrelatively tlat. Thepathwillfollow theexistingten-ain asmuchaspossible
andrequireonlyminimalgrading.Allgradingwillbeconstructed accordingtoCountystandards.No significant
projectimpactshave been identifiedrelatingto landslides,earthquakehazards,orchange in thegeological
substructure.Destructionormodificationofanyuniquegeologicorphysicalfeatureisnotanticipated.(Checklist
items3a-j)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitems3a-j)ongeologicalprocessasaresultofthisproject
action;therefbre,nomitigation measuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
Mitigation xfResidualImpact
NoVûGeologicProcesses''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
lnitialStudy- Page8
4.
WATER RESOURCES/FLOODING
EnvironlnentalSetting: TheprojectislocatedintheBearRiverWatershed.Drainagefrom theprojectarea
willflow into RagsdaleCreek,atributary ofWolfCreek. RagsdaleCreekoriginatesnearHuck Finn Lake in
LakeofthePines. Thehydrologyofthe creekhasbeen considerably altered overthelastcoupleofdecades,
particularlyby theconstructionofponds.ltwasoriginally an intenuittentstream,butnow hasperennialtlows
formuchofitslengthduetoartificialsummertlowsfrom localirrigationand surroundingponds.IntheHiggins
AreathecreekrunsparalleltoandsouthofCombieRoad,crossingnorthoftheroadnearArmstrongRoad.Both
sideso$-CombieRoaddrain towardRagsdaleCreek. TheRagsdaleCreekDrainageBasin isapproximately0.93
square miles with elevationsranging from l,420 to l,720 feet. Thisbasin is made up ofmoderately sloping
wooded and grassy terrain.Themeanannualprecipitation in thisbasin isapproximately 37inches.Thereare
severalsmallculvertcrossingsalong CombieRoad.Thetopography withintheHigginsAreavariesfrom gentle
tomoderate slopesalong the northern and southelm boundaries to slopingand relatively tlatterrain alongthe
CombieRoadcon-idor.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Changesincun-ents,orthecourseor
direction ofwatermovement'?
Changes in percolation rates,
drainage patterns or the rate and
amountofsurfacewaterrunofo
2
c. Change in the amount of surface
waterinanywaterbody?
2
Substantialincreaseinstorm water
runoft'?
2
Aggravation ofanidentifieddrainage
problem orcreationofanew one?
Discharge into surface waters, or
alteration of surface water quality,
including but not limited to
temperature dissolved oxygen,
turbidity,orthen-nalwater pollution
(i.e.eutrophication)?
X
2
X
2
X
2
Alterations to the course oftlow of
floodwaters,or need for private or
publicfloodcontrolprojects?
Exposure ofpeople or property to
water related hazards such as
tlooding,placementofaprojectina
loo-year floodplain,or accelerated
runoff?(
pot.A
'f
pkf
/ct
r
/?/t
hreshold)
lnitialStudy- Page9
(WaterResources/lqooding-continued)
Alteration ofthedirection orrateof
tlow ofgroundwaters?
change in the quantity of
groundwaters,either through direct
additions or withdrawals? (pot.
$'?'
Jsc?('
/'
kz?/?/thl-esholtll
X
Substantialintertkrence with or loss
ofgroundwaterrechargecapability'?
X
Overdraftorovercommitmentofany
groundwaterbasin? Or,asubstantial
increase in the existing overdraftor
overcommitmentofany groundwater
basin?(pot..s'ïgrl#Vw/?/threshold)
The use of substantialquantitiesof
water'? AFY
n. A substantial reduction in aquifer
recharge?(pot.signscantthreshold)
Substantial
water
qualit'y
degradation'? (pot. 5'ï,
gr/#i'
ctz/k/
tllreshold)
G
A substantialreduction in theamount
of water otherwise available for
publicwatersupplies'?
Significant changes in temperature,
tlow orchemicalcontentofsurface
thermalsprings'
?
IlnpactDiscussion:NoworkwillbepreformedwithinRagsdaleCreekoranyotherwaterway.Theprojectwill
installaculverttoaddressanexistingdrainageproblem atthewesternendoftheproject.Thisculvertwilldrain
into RagsdaleCreek onthesouth sideofCombieRoadinsteadofentering intothecreekon thenorthside.The
projectwillcreateaminoramountofnewimpervioussurfacewithconstructionoftheasphaltpathway.lmpacts
tothecreekandexistingdrainagewillnotbesignit-icant.Projectgradingwillbeminimalandthepotentialfor
erosion is vel'
y minor. The County's standard erosion plan willbe included in the construction contract.
(Checklistitems4a-q)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitems4a-q)onwaterresourcesasaresultofthisproject
action;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
M itigatioltKQResidual: No'ûW aterResources''MitigationMeasuresarebeingrecommended.
lnitialStudy -Page 10
AlRQUALITY
Environmental:Theoverallairqualit'y inW esternNevadaCountyisgood,buttwoknownairqualityproblems
exist: OzoneandSuspendedParticulateMatter(PM -10).NevadaCountyiscun-entlyconsideredtobeiçnonattainment''forboth pollutants. PM-IO in Grass Valley meetsFederalambientozone standards,butexceeds
more stringentState standards in the winter,primarily dueto wood smokefrom theuse ofwood stovesand
t-ireplaces.Violationsinthesummermonthshavebeennotedduringforestfiresorperiodsofopenburning.Both
problemscanbegeneratedby automobileemissions.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnptlt
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Substantial air emissions or
deteriorationofambientairquality?
A violationofanyairqualitystandard
or contribute to an existing
projectedairqualityviolation'?
X
Exposure of sensitive receptors to
pollutants'
?
X
Thecreationofobjectionabl
esmoke,
ashorodors?
Dustgeneration?
Exceeding any potentially significant
thresholds adopted in County Plans
H
andGoals'?(Poten.sig.threshold)
The alteration of air movement,
moisture,temperature,orany change
in climate, either locally or
regionally?
X
IlnpactDiscussion:
Theprojectisnotexpectedtocreatenew long-term sourcesofvehicleemissionsandcouldcontributetodecreases
in vehicle emissions by providing fora safe alternative mode of transportation thusreducing vehicle trips.
(Checklistitems5a,b)
Construction activitiesmay generate airpollutantsintennittently within the site and nearby vicinity. Pollutants
typically created during construction activities include emissionsfrom gasolineand diesel-powered equipment,
dustfrom gradingoperationsandhydrocarbonemissionsfrom thelayingofasphaltsurfaces. However,grading
andasphaltactivitieson theprojectwillbevel'yminor. Anydustemissionresultingfrom pathconstruction
activities willbe minimized atalltimes by controlmeasures included in the construction contractincluding
regtllarly appliedwatering.Anypotentialimpactson airquality arenotconsidered significantprimarily dueto
thetemporarynatureoftheseimpacts.(Checklistitems5a,b,d,e,f)
lnitialStudy -Page 11
(AirQuality-continued)
Theprojectwillnotcreateobjectionableodors,alterwindpatterns,orinanywayeffectlocalorregionalclimates.
(Checklistitems5c,g)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitems5a-g)onairqualityasaresultofthisprojectaction;
theretbre,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
MitigationtQResidualImpact: NoçkAirQuality''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
6. TRANSPORTATION/CIRCULATION:
EnvironmentalSc//ïzl,
g: Combie Road and Magnolia Road serve as the primary links into the Higgins
Corner/l-akeofthePinescommunities. Bothroadsaremajorcollectorscarryingtrafficvolumesin excessof
10,000vehiclesperday. Combie Roadservesastheonly accessintothearea from StateHighway 49. ltruns
easterly to theintersectionwith MagnoliaRoad,then tul'
nssouth servinganeighborhood shopping center,Forest
LakeHighSchool,LakeofthePinesRanchos,theDarkHorseSubdivision,and otherresidentialareas. Magnolia
Road continueseast,serving the gated community ofLake of the Pines,BearRiverHigh School,two other
secondaryschoolsandlowerdensityresidentialarea.
Anolderexisting paved pedestrianpathrunseastwardti'om theCombie Road/M agnolia Road intersection to the
Bear River High School. An tlnimproved path continues eastwards towards the two elementary schools off
Kingston.
Both the Nevada County GeneralPlan and the HigginsArea Plan address the need for multipurposetrails to
encouragenon-vehiculartrafficmovementwithinthecommunity.
Willthepyoposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Generation of additional vehicular
nnovement (daily,peak-hour, etc.) in
relation to existing traffic load and
capacityofthestreetsystem? Substantial
capacity impacts are defined as
exceedingthedesignated levelofservice
for the local roadway network.
Substantial change relative to existing
traffic load is defined as resulting in
increasing the existing traffic levelsfor
thelocalroadway networkby morethan
250X)?(pot..çïgn#r
îtT'l?7/threshold)
ADT
PeakHourExisting
ADT
ExistingPeakHour
AfterProject
LOSExisting
LOSafterProject
lnitialStudy -Page 12
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
b. A need tbr private or public road
maintenance,orneedfornew roads'?
X
(Transportation/circulation-continued)
Eftkctson existing parking facilities,or
demandfornew parking?
2
Hazards to safety from design features,
e.g. sharp curves or dangerous
intersections,orincompatible uses,e.g.
fal'm equipment?
A substantialimpactuponexistingtransit
systems(e.g.busservice)oralterationof
present patterns of circulation or
movementofpeopleandorgoods'?
An alteration to waterbome,railor air
traffic?
X
An increase in traffic hazards to motor
vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians,
including short-term constnlction and
long-tenuoperational'?
lnadequate:
Sightdistance'?
7
X
2
2
lngress/egress?
Generalroadcapacity'?
X
Emergencyaccess(4290Standardl'
?
X
2
Hazards or barriers for pedestrians
bicyclists'?
Contlicts with adopted policies
supportingaltenaativetransportation,e.g.
busturnouts,bicycleracks'?
X
H,F
IlnpactDiscussion:
Theproposedprojectisamultipumosenon-motorized facilityand isnotanticipatedto impactthecurrent
circulationoftraft'icpatterns.Theprojectcouldpotentiallycontributetoreducingtherateoftraft-iccongestionas
peoplebegintousethepathforcommutingorshoppingwithintheconidor,especiallystudentsgoingandcoming
from school. Traft-icsignsand path markingswillbe installed along thepathwhereneeessary atlocationsthat
conflictwithmotorizedcrossingssuchasroadsanddriveways.Theprojectiswithina11adoptedCountygoalsand
policiessupportingalternativemodesoftransportation.
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitems6a-j)onTransportation/circulati
onasaresultofthis
projectaction;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
lnitialStudy -Page 13
s
itigatioltKQResidualfvl/lfl()
./z
.l
NottTl-ansportation/circulation''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
EnvironlnentalA'e/zïpr: SeeEnvironmentalSettingonPage3
Theareavegetationischaracterizedasopengrasslandandoak woodland.Thedominanttreespeciesareblueoak,
black oakandponderosapine. There arepatchesofwillow scrub riparian vegetation and valley oak alongthe
RagsdaleCreekripariancorridoronthesouthsideofCombieRoad.Theeasternendoftheprojectsiteisopen
grassland thathasbeen dominated by the non-native noxiousweedCentaurea Solstitialis,commonly know as
Yellow St
arThistle.Theprojectareaiswi
thi
nthegeographicalrangeofspecialstatusspeci
est
hatareofconcel
'
n
totheU.S.FishandWildlifeServiceandtheCaliforniaDepartmentofFishand Game.However,virtually allthese
speciesarehighlyunlikelytooccttrontheprojectsiteduetothehighlevelofdisturbanceandlackofhabitat.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
A loss ordisturbance to a unique,
rare or threatened, or endangered
speciesofplantoranimal,orhabitat
of species within the community?
(pot.b'l
'g/?k
/V'
t7/?/thrc.5'/?oldj
.'
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
X
A reduction in the numbers or
restrictions in the range of any
unique, rare or endangered, or
threatened species of plants
G
ani
mal
s?(
pot.sig.t
hreshol
dj
A reduction in the extent,diversity,
or quality of native vegetation,
including brush removal for fire
prevention and flood control
improvements'
?(potsig.thresholdj
A reduction in the numbers, a
restriction intherange,oran impact
tothecriticalhabitatofany unique,
rare, threatened or endangered
speciesofanimalsorplants?(pot
A'jqg.threshold)
X
G
A reduction in the diversity or
numbers of animals on-site,
including mammals,birds,reptiles:
amphibians,fishorinvertebrates?
A substantially diminished habitat
ora deterioration ofexisting fish,
wildlife or plant habitat (for
foraging, breeding, roosting,
G
nesting,etc.l'
?
lnitialStudy- Page 14
(BiologicalResources-continued)
The introduction of a barrier to
movement of any resident or
migratory fish orwildlife species'
?
G
(
pot.sig.threshold)
lntroduction ofany factors (light,
tkncing, noise, human presence
andor domestic animals) which
could hinderthenormalactivitiesof
wildlife'?
X
Theintroduction ofanew speciesof
plant,wildlife orfish into an area,
or,a barrierto the migration and
movementofanimals?
The reduction in acreage of any
agriculturalcrop'?
X
ImpactDï-:tuz-uïpzz-
Theprojectislocatedwi
thi
natransportationcon-idorthathasbeenpreviouslydisturbedanddeveloped.Thereare
nospecieslistedorconsideredtobecandidatesfortheStateorFederallisti
ngknowntooccurontheprojectsite.
TheRagsdaleCreekSetback BiologicalStudyfound thatthepath alignmentplanned north ofCombieRoadwill
notadverselyaffectbiologicalresourcessunoundi
ngthecreek.Theprojectisconsideredanimprovementtoan
existingfacility andwillnotcreateanew barriertomovementofspeciesnorhinderexistingactivitiesofthearea's
wildlife.Theprojectwillnotcreateareductioninhabitatoragriculturecroplands.Thepathwillmeanderthrough
thelandscaped shrubsandtreesatthecommercialcenterwherepossible.Minoramountsofornamentallandscape
vegetationisscheduledtoberemovedatthecommercialcenter.Treeswillbetrimmedwherenecessaryforproper
clearance.Therewillbenocumulativeeffectstothenaturalenvironmentasaresultofthisproposedproject.
(Checklistitems7a-j).
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistitems7a-j)onBiologicalResourcesasaresultofthisproject
action;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended forthisitem.
MitigationxfResidualImpact:NoktBiologicalResources''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
lnitialStudy- Page 15
8.ENERGY
EnvironntentalSetting: Theprojectislocatedwithinacon-idordesignatedforfutureundergroundingofpublic
utilities. Thewestern 3oo-feetofthepath maybein contlictwith thefutureundergroundsiteandmay needtobe
removedandreconstructedaspartoftheutilityundergroundproject.A lightpoleislocatednearthecommercial
centerandwillberelocated.
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
W illtheproposalresultin:
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
A substantial increase in demand,
especially during peak periods,upon
existingsourcesofenergy'?
A requirementfor the development
of new sources of energy or
expansionofexistingfacilities?
The use of fuel or energy in a
vvastefulorineft-icientmanner'?(pot.
.
y'/
'pkf/cl??/thresholtj)
The necessity to extend power lines
requiringnew easements'?
7
A contlictwith an adopted energy
conservationplan?
H
ImpactDiscussion:
Theprojectwillnotproduceanysignificantdemandsforpetroleum duringconstruction.Normalconstruction
methodswillbeemployed which promote efticientuse offuelsand energy. No additionalpoles orutilit'y
easementswillberequired.A lightpoleatthecommercialcenterwillberelocatedpertheplans.Theprojectis
notincontlictwithanadoptedenergyconservationprogram.(Checklistitems8a-e)
Therearenoanticipatedi
mpacts(Checklisti
tems8a-e)onEnergyResourcesasaresul
tofthi
sproject
action;therefore,no mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended forthisitem.
Mitigation <QResidualImpact:
NottEnergy''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
lnitialStudy- Page 16
9. HEALTH HAZARDS/RISK OF UPSET
EnvironlnentalSetting: SeeProjectEnvironmentalSetting,Page3
The sitehasno known history ofpastuse,storageordischarge ofhazardousmaterials. Construction ofthe
projectwillinvolvetheuseofasphaltanddieselfuels,buttheimpactoftheseproductswillbetemporaryandthe
impactswillnotbesignifieant.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Creation ofany health hazard or
potentialhealthhazard(excluding
mentalhealthl'?
Exposure ofpeople to potential
healthhazards?
X
A risk of an explosion or the
release of hazardous substances
(including,butnotlimitedtooil,
gas,biocides,bacteria,pesticides,
chemicals or radiation) in the
event of an accident or upset
conditions?
2
Possible interference with
emergency response plan or
emergencyevacuation plan'?(pot.
,
sïgnà./ît
y'tz/?/threshold)
IlnpactfNycllnft?lz:
ThetransportationandhandlingofconstructionequipmentandmaterialwillbedoneinaccordancewithStateand
Locallawsandordinancesasspecifiedintheprojectplans.Thecontractorwillberequiredtoprovideforthe
safety oftraffic and the public in accordance with the section dealing with public safet'y ofthe CalTrans
Specifications. Exposure to health hazards and riskswillbe insignificant. A Traffic ControlPlan willbe
submitted to the DepartmentofTransportation and Sanitation forreview and approvalprior to commencing
constructionwork.(ChecklistItelns9a-d)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistltems9a-d)onHeal
thandSafetyasaresultofthi
sproject
action;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended forthisitem.
MitigatioltKQResidualImpact:
Noi'HealthandSafety''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
lnitialStudy- Page17
10. NOISE
EnvironmentalSettingl TheNevada County GeneralPlan Noise elementestablished exterior noise limitsfor
variousland usecategoriesintermsofaverageandmaximum noiselevels.Forcommercialareazones':Cl'',the
allowablenoiselimitsareLeq(max)of90dBA from 7:00a.m.to7:00p.1%.andLeq(max)75dBAti-om 7:00p.m.
to7:00a.m.Thereareno sensitivereceptorsnearbyand theexistingambientnoiseistypicalforanycommercial
areawithtraft'iccongestionduringcertainperiodsoftheday.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Long-term exposureofpeople to
noise levels exceeding Count'y
thresholds'? (pot. A'fgz//cln/
thresholdl
Short-term exposure ofpeopleto
noise levels exceeding County
thresholds'?
H
A project-generated substantial
increase in the ambient noise
levelsforadjoiningareas,either
day ornight?
ImpactDiscussion:
Trafficnoiselevelsand ambientnoise levelsarenotexpected toincreasebeyond existing levels. Construction
relatednoisewillexceedcurrentlevelsandcanbeexpectedtogeneratenoiselevelsrangingfrom 70to 86dBA at
adistanceofso-feet(standardconstructionactivitylevels).However,theactualprojectconstructionactivityis
explicitlyexemptedfrom requirementsoftheGeneralPlanNoiseElement.(Policy9.19
Construction activities willbe temporary in nature and shallcomply with Section 5-1.0l GGv
sound Control
Af
x/
z/rt
vpcrl/
.
ç''oftheprojectcontractthatlimitsconstructi
onactivitiesbetweenthehoursof9:
00p.
m.to6:00
a.m.andshallnotexceed 86dBA atadistanceof50tketfrom anysensitivereceptor.
Therearenoanti
cipatedimpacts(Checklistltems10a-c)onEnergy asaresultofthi
sprojectacti
on;
therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended forthisitem.
MitigatioltKQResidttalIlnpact:
NottEnergy''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
lnitialStudy -Page 18
11.
PUBLIC SERVICES:
Envi
ronlnental,
5'
e//ïaéz:TheprojectsiteislocatedintheHi
gginsFireDistrict.FireProtectioni
salsocoordinated
withtheCaliforniaDepartmentofForestry(CDF).TheDistrictmaintainstheirheadquartersattheintersectionof
CombieRoadandStateHighway49.StateandCountycodesrequirethatalldevelopmentin theareacomplywith
minimum firesafety requirements. Law ent-orcementisprovidedby theNevadaCounty SheriffsDepartment.
Nearbyschoolsincludetwohighschools,anintermediateschoolandseveralelementaryschools.Anexistingpath
thatrunseastfrom theCombie Road/MagnoliaRoad intersection serves severalofthese sehools. A Nevada
CountyGoldCountryStagebusstopislocatedasthewesternendoftheproject.
W illtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
FIRE PROTECTION
l) Anincreasedfirehazardinareaswith
flammablebrush,grassortrees?
A substantialincreaseofexpenditures
fortireprotection?
X
Exposure of people to hazardous
wastes/materi
als? (
pot. s'
jgp/ctzp/
threshold)
POLICE PROTECTION
A substantialincrease in expenditures for
policeprotection?
SCHOOLS
1) A substantialincreaseinthenumber
of schoolchildren in the attendance
area'?
2) Aggravation ofan existing facilities
overcrowding?
X
3) A negativeimpacton studentaccess
routes to or from school property
duringnonnalworkinghours?
OTHER
An effectupon or a need for any other
new oraltered public facilities,utility or
govennmentservices?
X
2
Impactsl)/clz.î'.
j'
itlp:
Theprojectwillimprovepedestrianandbicyclistsafety.Theprojectwillenhancetheexistingschoolsroutes.No
impactswilloccurtoemergency responsetimesorschoolbussafety.TheGoldCountry Stagebusstopwillbe
relocatedjustnorthofthepath.Theprojectwillnotresultintheneedtoincreaseexpendituresfbrpublicservices.
(Checklistitems11a-d)
lnitialStudy-Page 19
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistltems11a-d)onPublicServicesasaresultofthisproject
action;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
MitigationKQResidualImpact..
NoPublicServicesmitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended
12.UTILITIES& SERVICE SYSTEMS
EnvironmentalSetingk The projectsiteisl
ocat
ed within t
he CombieRoad Underground Util
it
'
y District
establishedtbrinstallationofutilitiesunderground.Onlytheveryeasternportionoftheprojectsitelieswithinan
areawheretheundergroundprojecthasbeencompleted. Itisunderstoodthataportionofthepathmaybein
conflictwithPhase11oftheundergroundprojectscheduledforconstructionin2006.
DomesticwaterisprovidedtotheHigginsAreabytheNevadalrrigationDistrict(N.1.D.).Otherfacilitiesinclude
Lake(-ombie.Magnoliall1Canal,andatreatmentplantlocatedwithintheLakeofthePinesSubdivision.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnptlt
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
A need fornew systemsorsupplies,or
substantialalterationsto:
X
Powerornaturalgas'?
Localorrequiredwaterdistribution
facilities?
c. Communicationsystems?
d. Localorregionalwatersupplies?
e. Storm waterdrainage?
f. Sewerorsepticsystems'
?
SolidWastedisposal?
X
X
X
X
X
X
ImpactDiscussionL
ItisunderstoodthatportionsofthemultipumosepathmaybewithinthesiteoftheUnderground Utility District
Phase11projecttoundergroundutilitiesalongCombieRoad.Thetimelineforthisprojectisscheduled for
eonstrttction in 2006.However,ithasbeenthedesireofthecommunity toconstructthetrailassoonaspossible
andnotwaitforcompletionoftheundergroundproject.Removalandreplacementofanyportionofthetrailwill
beaccomplishedaspartoftheundergroundproject.(Checklist12a)
Two valvesfortreated and irrigation waterarelocated within theproposed path alignmentatthecommercial
center.Duetoalignmentconstraintsatthislocationitwasnotpossibletoavoidthevalves.Theywillbeadjusted
aspartoftheproject.Asepticsystem cleanoutboxatthesamelocationwillbeincorporatedintothepath.The
boxwillberaisedandamanholeinstalledinthepathaspartoftheproject.Anyunstablesolidmaterialgenerated
tkom thisprojectisnotexpectedtoaffecteithertheMccourtneyRoadTransferStationortheWesternRegional
LandfillinPlacerCounty.(Checklist12b-g)
Therearenoantici
patedimpacts(Checklistltems12a-g)onUti
litiesandServiceSystemsasaresul
tof
thi
sprojectaction;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
MitigationtQResidualImpact:
recommended.
No itutilities and Service System'' mitigation measures are being
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13.VISUAL
EnvironmentalSetting: Theprojecti
snotlocatedi
nanareawithanysignifi
cantaesthetîccharacteristics.The
projectisin aeorridorpreviouslydisturbedbycommercial.roadsideandutilityconstruction. There
uniqueopenvistasorviewsvisiblefrom orwithintheprojectsite.Nomaturetreeswillberemoved.
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Willtheproposalresultin:
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
Demonstrable,negative,aesthetic
effects on scenic vistasor views
opentothepublic'
?
b. The creation of an aesthetically
offensive site open to public
view'?(p()t..$'?'p?(#ct'
/??/threshold)
A changeto the visualcharacter
ofthearea'?
Glareornightlightingwhichmay
affectadjoiningareas'?
A visually incompatible structure
within a designated historic
district'?
(pot.
xïgrlf/ctzr?/
threshold)
f?p#fIc/Discussion:
Theprojectwi
llnotobstructanyscenicvistaoruniqueopenview tothepublic.Constructionoftheprojectis
withinanexistingtransportationcorridorandwillnotcreateanoffensiveopen space.Visualimpactsassociated
withthenew asphaltwillbeminimal. Nomaturenativetreeswîllberemoved. Treesand vegetation maybe
trimmedtbrclearance,butthisimpactwillnotbesignificant.Additionalbicyclistwaming signswillbeinstalled
alongWestHaciendaDrive.Therewillbestandardroadsidesignsand pavementmarkingsand willnotchange
anyviewsorvistas.Theprojectwillnotincreasethelightinginthearea.(Checklistitems13a-e)
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistltems13a-e)onVisualasaresultofthisprojectaction;
therdbre,nomitigation measuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
MitigqtiontoResidqqalImpact.
Nottvisual''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
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14. CULTURAL RESOURCES
EnvironmentalSettingLTheprojectlieswithinthehistoricalten-itoryoftheHillNisenan,aMaiduan-speaking
people,also referredtoastheSouthernMaidu.TheMaiduwerenomadicthroughoutmuch oftheyear,moving
from placeto place following gameand gathering plants. Spring,summerandearly fallwereusually spentat
high-elevationbasecamps.
Anearl
ierRecordsSearchwasconductedbytheNorthCentrallnformationCenterontheprojectarea. Their
recordsearchi
ndicatedthatnopreviouslyrecordedprehistoricsi
tesarekk
nowntobelocatedwi
thi
noradjacentto
thisproject.Thenearestpreviouslyrecordedhistoricareheologicalresourcesarelocatedapproximatelyonemile
from thejroject.PresentCombi
eRoadshowsonthel949LakeCombie7.
55QuadMap)andt
heret
ore,isover50
yearsoldandshould beconsidered apotentialhistoricresouree.The l87lGLO (GeneralLandOffice)Platmap
also showsa roadwherepresentCombieRoadislocated. Remnantsofearlyhistoric activitiessuchasartifacts.
foundation,and othervariousteaturescanoftenbefoundaroundoldtransportation routes. A review oflisted
historicreferencesdidnotrevealany specificlandmarks,historicproperties,orothersiteswithincloseproximity
totheproject.
Willtheproposalresultin:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Sotlrce lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mitig.
(AppA) (AppB)
The disruption, alteration,
destruction,oradverse effecton a
recorded pre-historic or historie
archaeological site (note site
numberbel
owl? (
pot.signscant
threshold)
M
The distribution or removal of
human renaains? (pot.
//?ra$'/?tp/J?
X
M
lncreasedpotentialfortrespassing,
vandalizing, or sabotaging of
archaeologicalresources?
X
M
Ground disturbances in an area
with potential cultural resource
sensitivity basedon thelocation of
knownhistoricorprehistoricsites?
M
The potentialto cause a physical
change which would affectunique
ethicculturalvalues?
X
M
Restricting existing religious or
sacred uses within the potential
impactarea?
X
M
Adversephysicaloraestheticeffects
to aprehistoric orhistoricbuilding,
M
strueture,orobject'?
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ImpactDiscussion:
Theprojectiswithinapreviouslydisturbedtransportationconidor.Theprojectwi
llconsistofonl
yminorgrading
to constructthe lo-footwide path and l-footwide shoulders. Vel'y minoramountsofgrounddisturbance will
occuraspartoftheproject.However,duetothehistoricaleventsthathaveoccurredthroughouttheCountyand
thefactthatthecorridorhasbeenatransportationrouteforover100years,thereisthepossibilitythattheproject
grounddisturbancecouldencountersubsurfaceculturalresources.Aswitha1ltheCounty'stransportationcorridor
projects,allworkwillbehalted immediately andaprofessionalarchaeologistconsulted ifsubsurfacecultural
reSOLlrCeSareencotmtel-edOrSLISPCCtCII.
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(Checklistltems14a-g)onCulturalResourcesasaresultofthisproject
action;therefore,nomitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
MitigatiottKQRqqidualImpact:
NottculturalResources''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
15. RECREATION
Enviroltlnental5'
c//ipj.
):TheprojectlieswithintheBearRiverRecreationandParkDistrictIBRRPDI.This
Districtcoversl20squaremilesandservicesover26,000residents.Nearbypublicrecreationalfacilitiesinclude
the Magnoliasportscomplexandbaseballfield.Thesefacilities,maintainedby thedistrict,arelocatedona6acreparcelownedbyPleasantRidgeElementarySchool.Theotherareaschoolshavefacilitiesthatcanbetlsed
when available.
Willthepropojylrçjultip:
Known Unknown Poten. Not Data Agency
Poten. Poten. Sig.& Sig. Source lnput
Sig.
Sig.
Mîtig.
(AppA) (AppB)
An increased demand for
neighborhoodorregionalparksor
otherrecreationalfacilities?
An affecton existing recreational
facilities?
A contlict with established
recreation uses of the area,
including biking, equestrian
and/orhikingtrails?
X
ImpactDiscussion:
Theprojectwillnotcreateadditionalrecreationaldemandsnorcontlictwiththeexistingfacilities.Theadditionof
thepathwillenhancepedestrian andbicyclistuseandsafety.
Therearenoanticipatedimpacts(ChecklistItems15a-c)onRecreationasaresultofthisprojectaction;
therefore,nomitigation measuresarebeingrecommendedforthisitem.
slitigation <<:ResidttqlImpact:
No''Recreation''mitigationmeasuresarebeingrecommended.
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XVI.
MANDATORY FINDINGSOF SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONM ENTAL EFFECT
y.
y
..
j Maybe &
Does the project have the
potentialto degradethequalityof
the environment, substantially
reduce the habitat of a fish or
w'ildlife species,cause a fish or
wildlifepopulation todropbelow
selfsustaining levels,threaten to
eliminate a plant or animal
comnnunity,reducethenumberor
restrict the range of a rare or
endangered plant or animal or
eliminate important examples of
major periods of California's
X
historyorprehistory'?
Does the project have the
potentialto achieve short-term,to
the disadvantage of long-term,
environmentalgoals?
Does the
X
project have
environmentaleffects which are
individually
limited
but
cumulatively
considerable
tcunlulatively considerable means
thattheincrementaleffectsofthe
project are considered when
viewed in connection with the
effects of past, current, and
probablefutureprojectsl'
?
Does the
project have
environmentaleffects which will
cause substantialadverse effects
on human beings,either directly
orindirectly'?
Alternatives to the Proposed Action:
Doestheprojectrequirethediscussion
and evaluation ofarangeofreasonable
altematives which could feasibly attain
thebasicobjectivesoftheproject?
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DataSource Agencylnput
(App.A)
(ApprB)
RECOMM ENDATION OF THE PROJECT PLANNER:
Onthebasisofthisinitialevaluation:
X
lfindtheproposedprojectwillNOThaveasigniticantadverseenvironmentaleffect,andaNEGATIVE
DECLARATION isrecommended.
lfindthatalthoughtheproposedprojectcouldhaveasignificantadverseenvironmentaleffect,there
wouldnotbeasignificanteffectin thiscaseifmitigation measuresdescribed herein areincluded inthe
project.A MITIGATED NEGATIVEDECLARATIONisrecommended.
1find thatthe proposed projectMAY have a signi
ficantadverse environmentaleffect,and an
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT shouldbeprepared.
t vl
-z
x/
z..
y
... .
-,
,
,.p r
z
.z
/
,
tr.
r
-J,
.
r...
'z
.o
/
tJ
., ,f-..
'--t
.- .
XXX (namelsPlannerX
lnitialStudy -Page25
APPENDIX iiA''
ENVIRONMENTALREVIEW DAFW SOURCES
A.
B.
C'.
D.
StateDepartmentofFishandGame,NaturalDïvcrxf/vDataBaseMaps,asupdated
U.S.SoilConservation Service,SoilSltrvel)c)
-/
'-Ytr)vkJzzCounty,1975
FederalEmergencyManagementAgency,FloodInsuranceRateAO/u,1987
HigginsAreaPlan,NevadaCountyPlanningDepartment,November2000
E. Combie/Magnoli
a Roads atJl/
cc (
f //
?t?Pines Ilt
ersection lpw/
-ovt
?pl
kt
?n/Pl
pject,Miti
gated A'
r
cs///vc
Dedaration,NevadaCountyDepartmentofTransportationandSanitation,April1998
HigginsCenterCo/z//rlc/-cïa/Developtnentpr(#ccfEIR,preparedbyPMCConstlltants,December2000
,prepared by Susan SandersPHD and CarolynChainey-Davis,
RagdaleCreekDcvc/t
qwpkcr?/Setback5W?J1
.'
September1999
t7??,1995
H. NevadaCtp?zf///.p
.'General#/
CaliforniaNativePlantSociety(JamesSmithandKenBerg),InventoryofRareJ/JEndangered Pra.s'cl//r?/Plantsofctllljbrnia,1994
J.
K.
L.
M.
Non-Motorized TranwortationMasterPlan,NevadaCounty DepartmentofTransportationandSanitation,August2
U.S.G.
S,7.5Qt
ladrangleTopographicMaps,asupdated
U.S.GeologicalService,NevadaCountyLandslideActivityMap,1970,asfoundintheDraftNevadaCount'y
NorthCentrallnformationRecordsSearch,1998,AnthropologyDepartment,CaliforniaStateUniversity,Sacramentt
lnitialStudy -Page26
APPEXDIX ttB''
AGENCY INPUT LIST
PlanningDepartment
DepartmentofTransportationandSanitation
EnvironmentalHealthDepartment
BuildinglnspectionDepartment
Nevadaln-igationDistrict
ResoblrceConservationDistrict
NorthernSierraAirQualityManagementDistrict
8. CalTrans
CaliforniaDepartmentofForestl'y
10.CalifomiaDepartmentofFish& Game
l1.RegionalWaterQualityControlBoard(Lahontan/centralValleyRegion)
l2.NorthCentrallnformationService,AnthropologyDepartment,CaliforniaStateUniversity,Sacramento
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CEQA APPENDIXG
SIGNIFICANT EFFECTS
dprnjectwf//normallyhavea.
s'fgz?(#cw/?/ç//èc/ontheenvironlnent#''ï/will:
(a) Contlictwithadoptedenvironmentalplansandgoalsofthecommunitywhereitislocated'
,
(b) Haveasubstantial,demonstrablenegativeaestheticeffect'
,
(c) Substantiallyaftkctarareorendangeredspeciesofanimalorplantorthehabitatofthespecies;
(d) lnterferesubstantiallywiththemovementofanyresidentormigratol'
yfishorwildlifespecies;
(e) Breachpublishednational,state,orlocalstandardsrelatingtosolidwasteorlittercontrol;
(9 Substantiallydegradewaterquality'
,
(g) Contaminateapublicwatersupply;
(h) Substantiallydegradeordepletegroundwaterresources'
,
(i) lnterferesubstantiallywithgroundwaterrecharge'
,
(j) Disruptoradverselyaffectaprehistoricorhistoricarchaeologicalsiteorapropert.yofhistoricorcultural
..
significance to a community or ethic orsocialgroup;or apaleontologicalsite exceptasa partofa
scientificstudy'
,
lnducesubstantialgrowthorconcentrationofpopulation;
Causean increasein trafficthatissubstantialin relation to theexisting trafficload and capacityofthe
streetsystem;
(m)
(n)
(o)
(p)
(q)
(r)
(s)
(t)
(u)
(v)
Displacealargenumberofpeople'
,
Encourageactivitiesthatresultintheuseoflargeamountsoffuel,water,orenergy'
,
usetkel,water,orenergyinawastefulmanner;
lncreasestlbstantiallytheambientnoiselevelsforadjoiningareas',
Causesubstantialtlooding,erosionorsiltation;
Exposepeopleorstructurestomajorgeologichazards'
,
Extendasewertrunklinewithcapacitytoservenewdevelopment'
,
Substantiallydiminishhabitatforfish,wildlifeorplants'
,
Disruptordividethephysicalan-angementofanestablishedcommunity'
,
Createapotentialpublichealthhazardorinvolvetheuse,productionordisposalofmaterialswhichposea
hazardtopeopleoranimalorplantpopulationsintheareaaffected'
,
(w) Contlictwithestablishedrecreational,educational,religiousorscientit-icusesofthearea;
(x) Violateanyambientairqualitystandard,contributesubstantiallyto anexistingorprojectedairquality
violation,orexposesensitivereceptorstosubstantialpollutantconcentrations;
Convertprimeagriculturalland to non-agriculturaluseorimpairtheagriculturalproductivity ofprime
agriculturalland;
(z) lnterferewithemergencyresponseplansoremergencyevacuationplans.
(aa) Exposepeopleorstructurestomajorgeologichazards.
(bb) Convertprimeagriculturallandtonon-agriculturaluseori
mpairt
heagriculturalproducti
vi
tyofprime
agriculturalland.
(cc)
(dd)
(ee)
(ft)
(gg)
(hh)
Breachpublishednational,state,orlocalstandardsrelatingtosolidwasteorlittercontrol.
Contaminateapublicwatersupply.
Substantiallydegradeordepletegroundwaterresources.
Use....water....inawastefulmanner
Causesubstantialflooding,erosionorsiltation.
Contlictwithestablished....educational,religious,orscientificusesofthearea.
Cultpl-AN:initstdy (5/15/96);andalso
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