The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has extended the public comment and review period for the previously released Draft Additional Environmental Analysis (AEA) for the Newhall Ranch Resource Management and Development Plan and Spineflower Conservation Plan (RMDP/SCP) Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
CDFW previously released the Draft AEA for public circulation, review and comment between Nov. 3, 2016 and Jan. 6, 2017. The review period will now extend to Feb. 13, 2017.
CDFW certified the RMDP/SCP EIR in December 2010 in connection with various approvals under the Fish and Game Code for the Newhall Ranch project, which is located in northern Los Angeles County. A detailed description of the project as a whole, as well as CDFW’s related approval documents and findings adopted by CDFW, can be found here. A description of the project as modified is included in the Draft AEA.
As stated in CDFW’s related notice on Nov. 3, 2016, CDFW prepared the Draft AEA in response to two important issues recently addressed by the California Supreme Court in relation to the project and the RMDP/SCP EIR specifically. The Court held that: (1) for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act, that CDFW’s 2010 significance determination regarding project greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was not supported by substantial evidence, and (2) CDFW’s approval of the project in 2010 with two biological resource mitigation measures calling, if necessary, for collection and relocation of unarmored threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus williamsoni), violated Fish and Game Code, section 5515.
Unarmored threespine stickleback is a freshwater fish native to California. It has been designated as endangered by federal and state law, and is fully protected under the Fish and Game Code.
Copies of the Draft AEA are available for public review at CDFW’s South Coast Regional Office at the Ruffin Road address, as well as the following locations:
- Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street, Santa Clarita (91321)
- Stevenson Ranch Library, 25950 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch (91381)
- Valencia Library, 23743 West Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita (91355)
- Sylmar Library, 14561 Polk Street, Sylmar (91342)
- E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura (93001)
- Castaic Library, 27971 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic (91384)
- Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4665 Lampson Ave., Los Alamitos (90702)
- Department of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Planning Branch, 1700 Ninth St., second floor, Sacramento (95811)
Public comments must be limited to issues addressed in the Draft AEA, and must be postmarked or received by email no later than Feb. 13, 2017.
Comments sent to CDFW by regular mail should be sent to the following address:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Comments on Newhall Ranch Draft AEA
c/o Betty Courtney
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Comments may also be emailed to CDFW at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Comments on Newhall Ranch Draft AEA” in the subject line.
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Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937