To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act,
is preparing an assessment of whether previous environmental reviews are sufficient to comply with federal law.
The FHWA will determine this fall whether previous environmental approvals are up-to-date, or if a new study should be conducted to take into account conditions that were not originally factored in. Construction and final design cannot occur until the federal approval process is complete.
is] still doing a study right now to determine if future or additional studies need to be done,” Snow said. “I don’t want to circumvent what they’re already doing.”
“The whole purpose of the update is that they will look at what has been done, look at the changes, and they will decide whether or not they want to do a full impact statement then,” Boyd said.
The vote came despite efforts from many in the community who asked supervisors Wednesday to make the request. That included several representatives from the Colonnades assisted living facility off of
“The approved footprint comes within 600 feet of our health care center,” said Jack Renard, president of the Colonnades Association. “We are vulnerable to the blasting that will be required
during the construction.”
“The building of this project will require blasting and crushing of rocks and whatever else is involved with the destruction of Stillhouse Mountain,” said Mark Kasten, executive director of the Colonnades.
Kasten said prospective residents are already beginning to choose other options because they are concerned about the bypass. He said a new SEIS would help reassure existing residents that the impacts of the bypass will be mitigated.
Sylvia Warner, 100, asks Supervisors to reconsider bypass
One-hundred-year-old Sylvia Warner has lived in the facility since 1993.
“I have cherished looking out from my windows into the beautiful woods behind with peace and quiet and serenity that exists because those woods are there,” Warner said. “Are you telling me that at my age, approaching 101, I will have to find a new home?”
Not all public comment was in support of the request.
“The money has been allocated, bids are being secured and an environmental assessment is being done,” said
resident Jane Koch. “Though I sympathize with speakers from the Colonnades, the footprint for the bypass was determined many years ago and its construction should have been disclosed to residents.”