Notice of Preparation & Scoping Meetings

Notice of Preparation & Scoping Meetings

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and two scoping meetings for the North Coast Rail Trail Project were held in fall of 2017. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will be the Lead Agency and is preparing an EIR in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the project identified below. The RTC solicited input on the scope of the environmental issues and alternatives to be evaluated in the EIR. Responsible agencies may need to use the EIR to be prepared by the RTC when considering permits or other approvals for the project, and trustee agencies should plan to review and comment on the EIR with respect to trust resources within their jurisdiction. The Federal Highway Administration’s Central Federal Lands (CFL) Division will be the lead on project implementation and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) compliance.

PROJECT NAME

North Coast Rail Trail Project

PROJECT LOCATION/ADDRESS

The North Coast Rail Trail Project is a 7.5-mile Class 1 multi-use bicycle and pedestrian trail proposed to extend along the railroad corridor from Wilder Ranch State Park on the south to Davenport on the north in unincorporated Santa Cruz County (Figures 1 and 2).

The project comprises the majority of Segment 5 of the larger Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail (MBSST) Network, for which a Master Plan was adopted and a programmatic EIR was certified in 2013. The Master Plan was revised in 2014, along with an addendum to the EIR. Information from the Master Plan EIR will be used where appropriate.

Due to the time limits mandated by State law, comments on the NOP were accepted from September 13, 2017 through Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00 PM.

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS

Pursuant to the public participation goals of CEQA, as set forth in particular in Public Resources Code section 21083.9, subdivision (a), the RTC hosted two EIR Scoping Meetings to gather additional input on the scope (content and focus) of the EIR analysis.

Presentation slides

Preliminary designs: