Auburn Creekside Shopping Center AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Auburn
The proposed Auburn Creekside Shopping Center project consists of the construction of a 155,000 square-foot commercial shopping center complex. The project site is comprised of approximately 18.62 acres, located north of downtown Auburn in Placer County, along State Route 49. The undeveloped project site contained sensitive biological resources, including oak woodland habitat and a perennial tributary to Rock Creek. Surrounding uses include a Target store, self-storage facility, and apartments and single-family residences.
Raney, under contract with the County, prepared a project-level EIR for the Shopping Center project. The primary environmental issues associated with the proposed project include aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, public services, transportation and circulation, and utilities and service systems. A few notable aspects of the EIR analysis include the technical noise analysis, which determined that traffic noise level increases from the proposed project would require the applicant to resurface an adjacent road with rubberized asphalt or pervious pavement to mitigated traffic noise at the nearby residential receptors. In addition, due to the project’s proximity to State Route 49, a detailed traffic analysis of the State’s highway system (and local street system) was conducted, and mitigation requirements were identified in consultation with the County and Caltrans, to ensure that all roadway impacts would be mitigated to the maximum extent practicable. Further, as discussed above, the project site contains sensitive biological resources, which required extensive technical analysis to ensure that the project’s impacts to these resources would be fully mitigated. The EIR included an analysis of the total impact acreage to oak woodland canopy and jurisdictional waters of the U.S. Mitigation was developed to provide replacement habitat on-site in combination with payment of fees toward creation of off-site habitat.
Another notable example would be the EIR’s robust analysis of the County’s sewer collection system to determine its adequacy to accommodate the wastewater generated by the proposed project. The technical sewer analysis prepared for the project include an evaluation of project and cumulative impacts. It was determined that the project would require upsizing of several sewer pipes, some of which are located in sensitive habitat areas. The EIR included analysis of these off-site sewer pipe alignments to determine if physical environmental impacts could result from pipe upsizing. The EIR has been certified and the project approved.
Roseville Lifetime Fitness AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Roseville
The proposed project consisted of the construction of a new two-story fitness, family recreation, and resort/spa center in the City of Roseville. The center will include a 120,000 square foot facility, 110,000 square foot outdoor tennis area, a 58,500-square foot pool deck/ detached bistro, and a 12,000-square foot child center area. Proposed amenities include men’s and women’s locker rooms, family lockers, life spa/salon, medi-spa, Life Café, recreation area, lounge, gymnasium/basketball courts, activity room, training studio, childcare, indoor lap pool/leisure pool, two whirlpool spas, sauna, sales and administrative offices, laundry room, rock climbing wall, and pro shop. The project site is located on Parcel 14 of the Stoneridge Specific Plan (SSP), at the intersection of Roseville Parkway and Secret Ravine Parkway. Project entitlements included a Specific Plan Text Amendment, Zoning Text Amendment, Conditional Use Permit, and a Design Review Permit.
Arco/Starbucks AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Galt
The Arco/Starbucks project was located at 12821 East Stockton Boulevard in the City of Galt, California. The applicant proposed to construct an Arco and AM/PM with a 3,171- square foot convenience store and an eight (8) dispenser, 16-pump fueling station. In addition, the proposed project included a 2,200-sf Starbucks with a drive-thru on the remaining portion of the site. The project required a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate the convenience store and drive-thru. The applicant additionally requested a parcel map to split the 1.06 acre lot to create a 14,287-sf parcel to accommodate the Starbucks and a 31,188-sf parcel for the Arco AM/PM. The Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Impact Analysis was prepared consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and City of Galt. The Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Technical Study has since been provided to the City of Galt for incorporation into a larger CEQA document.