NEPA

2020 Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS)

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the City of Burlington in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, prepared a Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS) for the Champlain Parkway. The LS DSEIS was distributed for public and agency review on July 10, 2020.

View the Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS)

The NEPA comment period for the Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS) closed on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Now that the NEPA comment period has closed, the team is developing a Limited Scope Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS FSEIS). This document will include written responses to all comments received during the comment period. The LS FSEIS will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for review.

Based on the current project schedule, it is anticipated that the LS FSEIS will be issued in October 2020. When the LS FSEIS is released, it will be available on the project website.

FHWA could either request changes to the project based on the Limited Scope of this Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) or issue a Record of Decision (ROD). Based on the current project schedule, a ROD could be issued by the end of 2020.

Please refer to the links below to review the LS DSEIS by chapter:

 

Public Hearing

The Department of Public Works hosted a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The meeting was conducted in-person and via Zoom. In in-person meeting was held in the DPW's semi-open garage. The number of attendees were limited and participates were required to follow applicable safety precautions. The public hearing was held in-person and via Zoom. The Public Hearing recording and the Public Hearing presentation are available for viewing.  

 

Historical NEPA Documentation

The project has a long history with NEPA reviews dating back to the 1970s. The most recent NEPA document for the project was a Final Supplemental EIS approved by FHWA on September 22, 2009, and a Record of Decision (ROD) issue don January 13, 2010, identifying the Selected Alternative and the reasons for its selection.

On October 11, 2019, FHWA published a notice to rescind the 2010 ROD in order to re-evaluate the project's impacts to minority and low-income populations in accordance with 23 CFR 771.129. This decision reads, in part, "The FHWA, in conjunction with VTrans, has determined that the ROD shall be rescinded for the following reason: Although the 2005 Draft SEIS and the 2009 Final SEIS each considered disproportionately high and adverse impacts on minority and low-income populations in accordance with Executive Order 12898, public outreach for the analysis was limited to the general public involvement associated with the NEPA process. FHWA and VTrans have decided to perform targeted public outreach to any minority and low-income population in the project study area in order to determine whether the conclusions reached in the 2009 FSEIS and 2010 ROD remain valid. FHWA and VTrans have also determined that the environmental justice analysis and conclusions in the NEPA review should be reassessed using the latest (2014-2018 5-year estimates) American Community Survey data and based on FHWA's December 16, 2011, Guidance on Environmental Justice and NEPA." Based on the environmental reevaluation, FHWA determined that a LS DSEIS should be prepared for the project to address the FHWA guidance and methodology for performing Environmental Justice (EJ) analysis subsequent to the 2009 FSEIS, incorporate updated demographic information contained in the latest available census data, and to provide additional opportunities for meaningful public involvement.

Links to the documents are below:

Or download the FSEIS document by chapter:

Submit a question or comment about the project using the form below.

Please note: The public comment period for the Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS) closed on Monday, August 24, 2020.

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