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SAJ-2016-02717 (SP-AWP)

Published May 3, 2018
Expiration date: 5/24/2018

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has received an application for a Department of the Army permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §1344) as described below:

Attn: Robert Meeks
6923 Narcoossee Road, Suite 603
Orlando, Florida 32822

WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The project would affect waters of the United States associated with the East Lake Tohopekaliga. The project site is located on the west side of Narcoossee Road between Goldenrod Road and Lee Vista Boulevard in Section 23, Township 23 South, Range 30 East, Orange County, Florida.

Directions to the site are as follows: From Jacksonville, take I-95 south and exit onto State Road 528; head west and exit at Narcoossee Road and go north approximately 1.6 miles to the project site, located on the west side of the road.


Latitude 28.2818°
Longitude -81.2818°


Basic: Commercial

Overall: Construction of secure vehicle storage facility consisting of a vehicle storage building and an outdoor vehicle storage area for residents of central Orange County.

EXISTING CONDITIONS: The Corps issued Department of the Army permit number SAJ-2016-02717(SP-JCP) for the discharge of fill material into 1.26 acres of waters of the United States (wetlands) for the construction of the Nar Vista Vehicle West Vehicle Storage Facility. The site is currently under construction and most of the native upland habitats have been disturbed. The remainder of the site is comprised of fresh water wetlands and a transmission tower. The wetlands include a cypress dominated system present within the western half of the site and a small area of a mixed forest wetlands within the western and southwestern portions of the project site.
The existing area north and south of the project area consists of commercial and residential development.

PROPOSED WORK: The applicant seeks authorization to discharge clean fill material into ±1.721 acres of waters of the United States (wetlands) to expand the Open Storage/Stabilized Parking area.

AVOIDANCE AND MINIMIZATION INFORMATION – The applicant has provided the following information in support of efforts to avoid and/or minimize impacts to the aquatic environment: In considering alternative site plans with respect to the elimination or reduction of wetland impacts, impacts to the project area’s wetlands/surface waters cannot be eliminated or reduced based upon engineering design constraints and site geometry. No uplands exist within the limits of the subject project that may be utilized for the “Open Storage/Stabilized Parking” area. Therefore, the applicant has proposed the expansion of this parking to extend only into those portions of wetlands that have been adversely affected historically. These wetlands are located south of the authorized development, south of the cell tower’s access road, and north of the existing residential development. Based upon these adjacent developments, coupled with the narrow nature of this remnant “finger” of wetlands (±100’ to ±120’ in maximum width), it is believed that all ecological value has been removed. Taking all of the above into consideration, it is believed that this is the best location within the remaining, undeveloped portion of the project for the required expansion and that all iterations of project design have been considered with respect to the elimination and/or reduction of wetland impacts and that the plan as submitted represents the most practicable option.

COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment: The applicant has proposed the purchase of federally approved credits at the TM Econ Mitigation Bank.

CULTURAL RESOURCES: The permit area was evaluated by the Florida Department of the State, State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), via the Corps’ public notice dated January 18, 2017. The SHPO responded by letter dated February 15, 2017, and concluded the Nar Vista Vehicle West Vehicle Storage Facility is unlikely to affect historic properties. The Corps has determined the expansion of the existing facility into forested wetlands is of such limited scope there is little likelihood of impact upon a historic property; therefore, the proposed project would have “No Potential to Cause Effect”.

ENDANGERED SPECIES: The property is located within the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Consultation Area for the Everglades Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), Florida Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), Red Cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and Sand Skink (Neoseps reynoldsi). Based on applicant’s wildlife surveys, habitat preferences for these species, location of the project site and surrounding development the Corps has determined that the project would have no effect on these species.

The Corps completed an evaluation of the project based upon the August 13, 2013 updated addendum to the January 2010 North and South Florida Ecological Services Field Offices Programmatic Concurrence for use with the Eastern Indigo Snake. Use of the Key for the Eastern Indigo Snake resulted in the following sequential determination: A (The project is not located in open water or salt marsh.) >B (The permit will be conditioned for use of the Service’s Standard Protection Measures for the Eastern Indigo Snake during site preparation and protection construction.) >C (There are no gopher tortoise burrows, holes, cavities, or other refugia where a snake could be buried or trapped and injured during project activities.) = Not Likely to Adversely Affect (NLAA) with the applicant adherence to the standard protection measures for the Eastern Indigo Snake. Based upon the NLAA determination for the Eastern Indigo Snake no further coordination is required.

The Corps completed an evaluation of the project based upon the September 2008 North and Central Peninsular Florida Ecological Services Field Offices Programmatic Concurrence for use with the Wood Stork. Use of the Key for the Wood Stork resulted in the following sequential determination: A (Project is more than 2500 feet from a colony site.) > B (Project impacts SFH) >C (Impacts to SFH are greater than 0.5 acres) >D (Project impacts to SFH are within a Core Foraging Area.) >E (Project provides SFH compensation within the Service Area of a Service-approved wetland mitigation bank.) = NLAA. Based upon the NLAA determination for the wood stork no further coordination is required.

ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT (EFH): The project is in the upper reaches of an inland freshwater system in Orange County, Florida with no known essential marine fish habitat present. A review of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) website does not indicate the presence of EFH within the project site. The proposed work would have no effect to EFH.

NOTE: This public notice is being issued based on information furnished by the applicant. This information has not been verified or evaluated to ensure compliance with laws and regulation governing the regulatory program. The jurisdictional line has been verified by Corps personnel.

AUTHORIZATION FROM OTHER AGENCIES: Water Quality Certification may be required from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and/or one of the state Water Management Districts.

COMMENTS regarding the potential authorization of the work proposed should be submitted in writing to the attention of the District Engineer through the Cocoa Permits Section, 400 High Point Drive, Suite 600, Cocoa, Florida 32926 within 21 days from the date of this notice.

The decision whether to issue or deny this permit application will be based on the information received from this public notice and the evaluation of the probable impact to the associated wetlands. This is based on an analysis of the applicant's avoidance and minimization efforts for the project, as well as the compensatory mitigation proposed.

QUESTIONS concerning this application should be directed to the project manager, Andrew Phillips, in writing at the Cocoa Permits Section, 400 High Point Drive, Suite 600, Cocoa, Florida 32926; by electronic mail at; by facsimile transmission at (321)504-3803; or, by telephone at (321)504-3771 extension 14.

IMPACT ON NATURAL RESOURCES: Coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Marine Fisheries Services, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, environmental groups, and concerned citizens generally yields pertinent environmental information that is instrumental in determining the impact the proposed action will have on the natural resources of the area.

EVALUATION: The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including cumulative impacts thereof; among these are conservation, economics, esthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historical 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, considerations of property ownership, and in general, the needs and welfare of the people. Evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will also include application of the guidelines promulgated by the Administrator, EPA, under authority of Section 404(b) of the Clean Water Act or the criteria established under authority of Section 102(a) of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972. A permit will be granted unless its issuance is found to be contrary to the public interest.

The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; Indian Tribes; and other Interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this 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 determination, comments are used to assess impacts to endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT CONSISTENCY: In Florida, the State approval constitutes compliance with the approved Coastal Zone Management Plan. In Puerto Rico, a Coastal Zone Management Consistency Concurrence is required from the Puerto Rico Planning Board. In the Virgin Islands, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources permit constitutes compliance with the Coastal Zone Management Plan.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the District Engineer within the designated comment period of the notice and must state the specific reasons for requesting the public hearing.