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 public comment period for the Limited Scope Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (LS DSEIS) is open from July 10, 2020 to August 24, 2020. The public is invited to submit comments on the LS DSEIS in writing at the public hearing, through mail, email, or on the project website. Verbal comments can be made during the public hearing or by telephone. 

To submit a comment:

  • Use the form on this page
  • Email: info@champlainparkway.com
  • Mail: Champlain Parkway LS DSEIS, c/o Susan Molzon, Burlington DPW, 645 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401
  • Phone: 802-496-8956

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 This decision reads, in part, "The FHWA, in conjunction with VTrans, has determined that the ROD shall be rescinded for the following reason: Although the 2005 Draft SEIS and the 2009 Final SEIS each considered disproportionately high and adverse impacts on minority and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:

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The public comment period for the LS DSEIS is open July 10, 2020 to August 24, 2020. Comments can be submitted in writing at the public hearing, through mail, email or through the project website. Verbal comments can be made during the public hearing or by telephone.

To submit a comment by email, mail, or by phone please use the following contact information:

Ms. Susan Molzon, P.E.
info@champlainparkway.com
Municipal Project Manager
City of Burlington
645 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 496-8956