Application for Permit
Issue Date: March 28, 2022
Expiration Date: April 27, 2022
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2020-457
Interested parties are hereby notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) has received an application for a Department of the Army permit for certain work in waters of the United States, as described below and shown on the attached drawings. The Corps is soliciting comments on the proposed work.
Applicant: Fellows Construction
Attention: Bob Fellows
2950 Phillips Way
Central Point, Oregon 97502
Telephone: (541) 601-1962
Applicant’s Agent: Schott & Associates
Attention: Juniper Tagliabue
P.O. Box 589
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Telephone: (503) 678-6007
Location: The project site is located in White City, Jackson County, Oregon. The site is in Section 16, Township 36 South, Range 1 West. Latitude and Longitude: 42.433275° North, -122.825323° West
Waterway: There are two palustrine emergent wetlands (PEM 1 and PEM 2) that occur in remnant ditches in the project site. Open water flows through these wetlands at times and they do exhibit ordinary high water marks (OHWMs) in areas. PEM 1 and PEM 2 total 0.28 acre (ac) in size. In addition, there are nine vernal pool wetlands (VP 1 – VP 9) in the project site that total 0.57 ac in size. The wetland boundaries and locations of the OHWMs shown on the project drawings have not yet been verified by the Corps. If the Corps determines the boundaries of the wetland/waters are substantially inaccurate a new public notice may be published.
Project Purpose: The purpose is to construct a residential development.
Project Description: The proposed project is the Peregrine Estates Residential Development. The applicant proposes to construct 30 residences, 26 of which are single family and two of which would be duplexes. in addition to associated streets, sidewalks, stormwater infrastructure, and utilities (e.g., sewer lines) in the project site. The applicant would construct 18 of the lots in wetlands.
The applicant would first remove approximately 724 cubic yards (cy) of native soil from 0.85 ac of wetlands, including PEM 1 and PEM 2, and VP 2 – VP 9. The applicant would then discharge base material (soil and rock) into the removal prism. In areas where sidewalks and streets would be constructed, the applicant would discharge concrete and asphalt overtop the base material. The proposed fill activities would result in the discharge of 44 cy of soil, gravel, and rock into VP 2 and VP3. The applicant would also permanently discharge 2, 791 cy of soil, gravel, rock, concrete, and asphalt into PEM 1 and PEM2, and VP 4 – VP 9. The total size of the fill prism in wetlands would be 0.85 ac.
All residential lots in the project site would have frontage on public streets. As part of the impacts described in the paragraph just above, the applicant would extend Peregrine Way and Gough Way through VP 4 – VP 6 and VP 8 to connect the two existing roads. The applicant would also construct a new road (Scarlet Way) through PEM 1, PEM 2, and VP9 to connect the residential development to Avenue E. Roads would be designed to convey stormwater into curb inlets where it would then enter a subsurface stormwater collection system for treatment.
Mitigation: The applicant would not conduct removal and/or fill activities within VP 1. The proposed activities would not influence the hydrological inputs for this wetland and would not disconnect the feature from waters of the U.S. The applicant would implement best management practices (BMPs) as outlined in the project’s Grading and Erosion Control Plan, which includes the installation of silt fences to demarcate the avoided wetland and storm drain inlet protection, and would also locate staging and stockpile areas in uplands to avoid and minimize impacts to VP 1 and water quality.
The applicant has proposed to provide compensatory wetland mitigation through the purchase of credits from the Rogue Valley Mitigation Bank to offset losses of waters of the U.S. that may result from the proposed project. The Corps will determine the type and amount of compensatory mitigation necessary to offset environmental losses from the proposed project.
Drawings: Six drawings are attached and labeled Corps No. NWP-2020-457. Copies of this public notice, which have been mailed or otherwise physically distributed, feature project drawings in black and white. The electronic version features those drawings in color, which we think more accurately illustrates the proposed project. To access the electronic version of this public notice, go to the Portland District Regulatory website at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory and under Regulatory Pages select Permit Application Public Notices.
Authority: The proposed project will be evaluated under the following:
Section 404, Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344), for discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.
Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines: The described discharge will be evaluated for compliance with guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under authority of Section 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act. The 404(b)(1) Guidelines are the substantive criteria used in evaluating discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. The Corps will evaluate the fill material source (i.e., borrow site) prior to finalizing a permit decision.
Water Quality Certification: Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) (33 U.S.C. 1341) requires applicants to obtain a water quality certification for proposed discharges into waters of the United States. A permit for the described work will not be issued until certification has been issued or is waived from the certifying state. The state’s notice for a water quality certification is attached. A copy of this public notice has been provided to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 10. This public notice serves as the Corps’ notification to EPA pursuant to Section 401(a)(2) of the CWA and this notice initiates EPA’s 30-day review period under Section 401(a)(2).
Endangered Species: Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1536) requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered or that may adversely modify designated critical habitat. The Corps’ preliminary review indicates the described activity may affect an endangered or threatened species or designated critical habitat. The Corps will initiate consultation under Section 7 of the ESA. The Corps will complete the required consultation prior to finalizing a permit decision.
Essential Fish Habitat: Section 305(b)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) as amended (16 U.S.C. 1855), requires Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on all actions, or proposed actions, permitted, funded, or undertaken by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The Corps’ preliminary review indicates the described activity would adversely affect EFH at the project location or in the vicinity. The Corps will initiate consultation under Section 305(b)(2) of the MSA. The Corps will complete the required consultation prior to finalizing a permit decision.
Historic Properties/Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 U.S.C. 306108), requires Federal agencies to consult with the appropriate State and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to take into account the effects of actions they undertake or permit on historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Corps’ preliminary review indicates to the best of our knowledge, the described activity is not located on property registered or eligible for registration in the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places. At this time the Corps is unaware of any cultural resource surveys of the project area.
State and Local Authorizations: 1) Jackson County, Rogue Valley Sewer Services, 2) Medford Water Commission, 3) Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and 4) Removal-Fill Permit from the Department of State Lands (DSL) (obtained, Permit No. 63011).
Public Hearing: Any person may request in writing within the comment period specified in this notice that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for public hearings shall state with particularity the reasons for holding a public hearing.
Evaluation: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact, including cumulative impacts, of the described activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the described activity, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors, which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, floodplain values, land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, consideration of property ownership and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people.
The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, state, and local agencies and officials; Native American Tribes; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.
Submitting Comments: Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the proposed project. Comments may be submitted by conventional mail or email. All comments received will be considered in determining whether authorizing the work would be contrary to the public interest.
Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the Corps reference number as shown on page 1 and include the commenter’s name and address. In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the Corps reference number. All comments received will become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.
Additional information about the proposed project may be obtained from the Corps Project Manager listed below. All comments, whether by conventional mail or email, must be received no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration. Comments should be submitted to the following mailing address or email address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Eugene Field Office
211 E. 7th Avenue, Suite 105
Eugene, Oregon 97401-2763
Telephone: (541) 465-6877
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Water Quality 401 Certification
Notice Issued: March 28, 2022
Written Comments Due: April 27, 2022
Corps of Engineers No: NWP-2020-457
Oregon Department of State Lands No: 63011
WHO IS THE APPLICANT: Fellows Construction
LOCATION OF CERTIFICATION ACTIVITY: See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice.
WHAT IS PROPOSED: See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice on the proposed project.
NEED FOR CERTIFICATION: Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act requires applicants for Federal permits or licenses to provide the Federal agency a water quality certification from the State of Oregon if the proposed activity may result in a discharge to waters of the state.
DESCRIPTION OF DISCHARGES: See attached U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public notice on the proposed project.
WHERE TO FIND DOCUMENTS: Documents and materials related to water quality issues as a result of the proposal are available for examination and copying at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 401 Water Quality Permit Coordinator, Northwest Region, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97232. Other project materials are available by contacting the Corps per the attached public notice.
Scheduling an appointment will ensure that water quality documents are readily accessible during your visit. To schedule an appointment please call DEQ Water Quality at Northwest Region at (503) 229-5623.
Any questions on the water quality certification process may be addressed to the 401 Permit Coordinator at (503) 229-5623 or toll free within Oregon at (800) 452-4011. People with hearing impairments may call the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 735-2900.
Public Hearing: Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 340-48-0032 (2) states that “The Corps provides public notice of and opportunity to comment on the applications, including the application for certification, provided that the department (DEQ), in its discretion, may provide additional opportunity for public comment, including public hearing.” Additional Section 401 process information is available on DEQ’s webpage (https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/wqpermits/Pages/Section-401-Certification.aspx).
Written comments: Written comments on project elements related to water quality must be received at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality by 11:59 p.m. on the date specified in the upper right section on page one of this notice. Comments may be submitted electronically or through standard mail.
Electronic – Written comments may be submitted electronically through Your DEQ Online (https://ydo.oregon.gov/pub/login). For questions regarding account registration, system navigation, or training resources, please visit the Your DEQ Online help webpage (https://www.oregon.gov/deq/Permits/Pages/Your-DEQ-Online-Help.aspx).
Mail – Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Northwest Region
700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite #600
Portland, Oregon 97232
Attn: 401 Water Quality Certification Coordinator
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: DEQ will review and consider all comments received during the public comment period. Following this review, certification of the proposal may be issued as proposed, issued with conditions, or denied. You will be notified of DEQ’s final decision if you submit comments during the comment period. Otherwise, if you wish to receive notification, please call or write DEQ at the above address. Public records can be accessed through the Your DEQ Online public records portal webpage
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ can provide documents in an alternate format or in a language other than English upon request. Call DEQ at (800) 452-4011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.