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Welcome to the Public Scoping Meeting for California State University, Fresno (CSUF) Campus Master Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Wednesday, January 30, 2008 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

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Welcome to the Public Scoping Meeting for California State University, Fresno (CSUF)Campus Master Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR)Wednesday, January 30, 2008 1:30 to 3:00 pm

  • Please take a moment to sign in. Be sure to indicate on the sign-in sheet if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the CSUF Campus Master Plan Project.
  • Visit our Comment Station to submit your written comments. You may also mail or email comments to the CSUF address provided on the comment form.
  • NOP comment period (Jan 7, 08 – Feb 5, 08)

Clearinghouse number 2008011010

introduction
Introduction

Lead Agency: California State Univ. Board of Trustees

Tinnah Medina, University Planner

Project Sponsor: CSUF

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Vice-President of Administration

Caryl Jacobs, Administrative Project Coordinator

CEQA Consultant: Michael Brandman Associates

Dave Mitchell, Senior Project Manager

Kathryn Lee, Assistant Project Manager

purpose of scoping meeting
Purpose of Scoping Meeting
  • Present the EIR process
  • Help guide the focus of the EIR
  • Discuss environmental issues that you would like to see addressed in the EIR
  • Provide comment station for submitting written comments to Lead Agency and EIR consultants
meeting overview
Meeting Overview
  • Project Overview
  • Environmental Review Process (CEQA)
  • Campus Master Plan EIR (specifics)
  • Required Agency Approvals
  • Public Participation Process
  • Comments
project overview
Project Overview
  • The Project Site is located within the current CSUF campus boundaries in Fresno County. The project site contains 1,332 acres of University land.
  • The University is not planning to expand--additions and remodeling will occur within existing campus boundaries.
  • Project buildout (campus remodeling and new construction) = 18 years.
project overview cont
Project Overview – cont.
  • The Campus Master Plan periodically updated to accommodate growth/reflect changes needed to achieve goals and objectives
  • First Master Plan (1963)
  • Last major Campus Master Plan Revision (1995)
  • The current Master Plan Revision process began in November 2005, culminating with the current version (2007) that will be the subject of this EIR.
project overview cont8
Project Overview – cont.

Project Objectives:

  • Reconfigure Schools, Colleges, and administrative and residential components of the University for optimal function and sense of community
  • Reconfigure and improve campus open space and landscape -- more habitable and cohesive visually, imparting a recognizable identity to the campus
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Project Overview – cont.

Specific Project Goals:

  • Make optimal use of campus facilities and resources
  • Improve pedestrian circulation across campus
  • Develop an image and appearance for the campus that is respectful of its agricultural heritage, yet responsive to its changing activities and architecture
  • Accommodate diversity with strategic initiatives and aspirations
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Project Overview – cont.

Additional Project Goals:

  • Bring overall order to the campus, easing navigation
  • Improve the cohesion and comfort of open spaces
  • Analyze existing and proposed major utility routes
  • Address athletic buildings, equipment, and parking needs
  • Create common design guidelines
  • Prepare landscape master plan that will include consistency, accommodate growth, create comfortable outdoor spaces, and incorporate energy conservation and sustainable practices
environmental review under ceqa
Environmental Review under CEQA
  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a public disclosure law that applies to projects that require a discretionary approval by a state or local governmental agency.
  • The California State University Board of Trustees (Lead Agency) has concluded there is a reasonable possibility that aspects of the Project could have significant effects on the environment and is therefore requiring an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
environmental review under ceqa cont
Environmental Review under CEQA – cont.

General Contents of an EIR

  • Project description
  • Environmental Setting
  • Significant environmental effects
  • Unavoidable significant adverse effects
  • Growth-inducing impacts
  • Cumulative impacts
  • Mitigation measures
  • Alternatives
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Environmental Review under CEQA – cont.

What Helps Determines EIR Focus?

  • Responses to NOPs
  • Consultations with other agencies
  • Consultations with public and/or experts
  • Scoping meetings
campus master plan eir overview
Campus Master Plan EIR-Overview

Combination Project/Program EIR:

  • Project Level: fully evaluate specific projects slated for implementation during the near future that have sufficient project details to warrant a site-specific, project level analysis.
  • Program Level: analyze environmental impacts associated with potential campus growth, full building program and other improvements required to serve the new population through a 10-year and 20-year planning horizon
campus master plan eir project level eir near term projects
Campus Master Plan EIR -Project Level EIR(Near-Term Projects)
  • Utilities & Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Parking Structure
  • Satellite Student Union Expansion
  • Agricultural Research Center
  • Athletics Improvements
  • Equine Center
  • Relocation of University High School
  • Tertiary Wastewater Treatment Plant
campus master plan eir program level eir 10 year planning horizon
Campus Master Plan EIR -Program Level EIR(10-year Planning Horizon)
  • Agricultural Research (Viticulture and Enology), International Center for Water Technology (ICWT), Institute for Food and Nutrition Innovation (IFNI)
  • Athletic facilities including Student Athlete Center, Tennis Center and External Affairs and Administration Building
  • Classroom and Faculty Offices Building
  • New main campus entry near Henry Madden Library
  • Parking garage on Lot J or suitable site
campus master plan eir program level eir 10 year planning horizon cont
Campus Master Plan EIR -Program Level EIR(10-year Planning Horizon)-cont.
  • Parking enhancements (e.g. photovoltaic arrays)
  • Quadrangle building replacements
  • Research Institutes and Specialized academic program centers
  • Satellite Student Union expansion or renovation
  • Turf lab and playing field on Lot Q
  • Various landscape, circulation, lighting, navigation improvements
  • University Farm Laboratory Enhancements
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Campus Master Plan EIR -Program Level EIR(10-year Planning Horizon)-cont.

Table 1: Proposed Ten-year Build-out Summary (2016)

campus master plan eir program level eir 20 year planning horizon
Campus Master Plan EIR -Program Level EIR(20-year Planning Horizon)
  • Allied research facilities
  • Additional structured parking
  • Center for Agricultural Excellence
  • Classrooms, labs and faculty offices
  • Replacement retrofit student housing
  • Performing arts center
  • Science buildings
campus master plan eir program level eir 20 year planning horizon cont
Campus Master Plan EIR -Program Level EIR(20-year Planning Horizon)– cont.

Table 2: Proposed 20 Year Build-out Summary (2026)

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Environmental Review under CEQA – cont.

Technical Sections

  • Aesthetics
  • Agriculture
  • Air Quality
  • Biology
  • Cultural
  • Geology/Soils
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Mineral resources
  • Noise
  • Population/Housing
  • Public Services and Utilities
  • Recreation
  • Transportation/traffic
campus master plan eir impacts not significant
Campus Master Plan EIR– Impacts not Significant
  • Agricultural Resources
  • Mineral Resources

Impacts not significant will be briefly addressed in a separate section of the EIR.

campus master plan eir potentially significant impacts
Campus Master Plan EIR- Potentially Significant Impacts
  • Traffic Impacts – due to addition of students on existing infrastructure
  • Air Quality Impacts – cumulative growth in a highly impacted air basin
  • Public Services and Utilities – sewage treatment onsite to conserve water and address City of Fresno capacity issues
campus master plan eir cumulative impacts
Campus Master Plan EIR- Cumulative impacts
  • The EIR will include an analysis of reasonably foreseeable projects within a defined study area, developed in consultation with the Cities of Fresno and Clovis, that may result in cumulative impacts associated with the proposed project.
  • Cumulative effects will be discussed within each technical section.
campus master plan eir alternative analysis
Campus Master Plan EIR– Alternative Analysis
  • EIR must describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the Project – must feasibly attain basic objectives but avoid or substantially lessen significant effects of the Project, and evaluate comparative merits of alternatives.
  • The selected alternatives will be analyzed at a qualitative level of detail for comparison against the impacts identified for the proposed Project.
required agency approvals
Required Agency Approvals
  • Lead Agency: California State University Board of Trustees
    • Certify the EIR
    • Approve the Campus Master Plan Revision
    • File a Notice of Determination (NOD) indicating EIR adoption
    • Approve expenditure of funds for project construction.
  • Other Public Agencies
    • Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
    • San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD)
public involvement opportunities during eir process
Public Involvement Opportunities During EIR Process
  • Notice of the Preparation (NOP) of the EIR and Scoping Meeting
  • Review and Comment on the Draft EIR
    • Availability of Draft EIR will be announced in newspaper
    • 45-day comment period will commence when NOC is filed with the State Clearinghouse
    • Draft EIR will be available for review at the Madden Library on campus, on the web at http://www.csufresno.edu/masterplan
    • Public Hearing on the Draft (midpoint of the 45 day circulation)
public comments welcome
Public Comments Welcome
  • We encourage those who wish to comment on the EIR to submit their comments in written format.
  • For additional information regarding the project, or to submit a written comment concerning the scope/content of the Draft EIR, contact:

Caryl Jacobs, Administrative Project Coordinator

California State University, Fresno

5241 North Maple Avenue, M/S TA52

Fresno, CA 93740-8027

cjacobs@csufresno.edu