South of Highway 50 Backbone Infrastructure Project Initial Study

Raney, under contract with the City of Folsom, prepared an Initial Study to address the key environmental issues of aesthetics, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, and transportation and circulation.

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The South of Highway 50 Backbone Infrastructure project consists of the construction of the backbone infrastructure to support the Folsom Plan Area, south of Highway 50 (US 50) in the City of Folsom, CA. The backbone infrastructure is located within the Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan (FPASP) boundaries with some infrastructure improvements and connections north of and crossing US 50. The project consists of two main components: 1) updates to the Storm Drainage Master Plan, Water Infrastructure Master Plan, and Sewer Master Plan prepared for the implementation of the FPASP; and 2) South of US 50 backbone infrastructure buildout. The project infrastructure also included Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) substations as well as at-grade rail crossings.

Raney, under contract with the City of Folsom, prepared an Initial Study to address the key environmental issues of aesthetics, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, and transportation and circulation. The Initial Study included a project-level analysis of the proposed infrastructure improvements, relying on information from the existing FPASP EIR where feasible. In order to provide an adequate CEQA review, Raney coordinated with the development community to determine the likely phases of development that would impact the need for infrastructure improvements as well as coordinating closely with City staff, particularly Public Works as a key stakeholder, to ensure adequacy in addressing City infrastructure needs and consistency with pertinent City planning documents.