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SAJ-2017-02992 (SP-PRJ)

Published July 12, 2018
Expiration date: 8/2/2018
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:

APPLICANT:  Skinner Brothers Realty Company
                       2963 Dupont Avenue, Suite 2
                       Jacksonville, Florida 32217

WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The project would affect waters of the United States associated with Dunn Creek. The project site is located at 11315 Alta Drive, in Section 11, Township 1 South, Range 27 East, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.

Directions to the site are as follows: Traveling from downtown Jacksonville take Interstate 95 (I-95) north to I-295 South. Follow I-295 South to the exit for Alta Drive and turn north onto Alta Drive. Follow Alta Drive to the project site located at 11315 Alta Drive.

APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES:  Latitude 30.440110°
                                                                          Longitude -81.577912°

PROJECT PURPOSE:

Basic: The basic project purpose is residential development.

Overall: The overall project purpose is residential development on the northeast side of Jacksonville.

EXISTING CONDITIONS: The 10-acre project site is located in northeast Jacksonville along Alta Drive. The parcel was previously developed as a single-family lot. The parcel contains the following communities as described by the Florida Land Use, Cover and Forms Classification System: Single Family Residential, Trail Road, Field/Abandoned Farm, Spoil, Pine Woods, Pine Flatwoods, Pine-Mesic Oaks, Salt Marsh, Inland Ponds and Sloughs, Hydric Pine Flatwoods, Wet Field, Man-Made Pond, and Ditch. The Single Family Residential area is located in the western half of the property and contains a single-family house with a detached garage and surrounding yard. The yard is mostly vegetated with bahia grass (Paspalum notatum). The area classified as Trail Road is an unpaved single lane driveway that was created by the previous owner. The driveway crosses a wetland slough located near the middle of the project site. The Field/Abandoned Farm area is located in the eastern half of the site and had previously been maintained as improved pasture and farm. Over time, most of this area naturally reforested with pines. A small remnant is currently a weedy field vegetated with Spanish needles (Bidens pilosa), beggars lice (Desmodium sp.), dogfennel (Eupatorium sp.), and blackberry (Rubus sp.). An old chicken coop and small shed are located south of the trail road on the east side of the wetland crossing. The Spoil area is located in the southeast corner of the property and contains a small, man-made pond. During excavation of this pond, the previous owner placed fill dirt around the edges to create a berm. This berm later revegetated with wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) and blackberry. The Pine Woods community is previously improved pasture and has naturally reforested with longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and slash pine (P. elliottii). The understory and ground cover vegetation are still very open. The Pine Flatwoods community is located in the northeastern corner of the property and has a canopy dominated by slash pine. The understory and ground cover are dominated by saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), bitter gallberry (Ilex glabra) and bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum). The Pine-Mesic Oaks community is located in the northwest corner of the property and has a canopy of slash pine, water oak (Quercus nigra), laurel oak (Q. laurifolia), live oak (Q. virginiana), southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), and pignut hickory (Carya glabra). The Salt Marsh community is located on the southwest corner of the property and contains an area of saltmarsh/brackish marsh that connects to the west under Alta Drive to Dunn Creek. The lower area that is inundated by daily tides is vegetated with smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora). The upper fringe is vegetated with black needle rush (Juncus roemarianus). The Inland Ponds and Sloughs extend through the western half of the property. An existing trail road divides this wetland. The inner portion of the onsite wetland comprises a slough with a canopy dominated by blackgum (Nyssa biflora), cypress (Taxodium distichum), red maple (Acer rubrum), and sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana). This area has an understory dominated by buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Virinina willow (Itea virginica), fetterbush (Lyonia lucida), Virginia chain fern (Woodwardia virginica), and royal fern (Osmunda regalis). The upper edges of this wetland comprise seepage slope. The canopy in the upper edges is dominated by loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus), with a ground cover of cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), netted chain fern (Woodwardia areolata) and fetterbush. A portion of the seepage slope was filled many years ago by the previous owner. The Hydric Pine Flatwoods community is located in the northern portion of the parcel and has a canopy dominated by slash pine and includes scattered loblolly bay. The understory and ground cover include cinnamon fern and fetterbush. The area classified as Wet Field is a very small improved yard near the single-family house that mainly consists of dollarweed (Hydrocotyle sp.). The Man-Made Pond area is a small man-made pond located in the southeast corner of the property that was used as water for livestock as well as for raising fish. The area classified as Ditch contains a short section of ditch that extends from the northern boundary south to the trail road. The ditch conveys runoff from the road side ditch located along the southern edge of Aldersgate Road. The 10-acre parcel is bordered by Alta Drive to the west, single family lots to the north, a large warehouse development to the east, and an Atlantic Self Storage facility and wetlands to the south.

PROPOSED WORK: The applicant seeks authorization to place fill material in 0.44 acre of waters of the United States in association with the construction of a residential development.

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:

The project was designed to avoid all impacts to tidal wetlands. Impacts to other wetlands were limited to widening an existing road crossing and minor impacts on portions of 3 lots.

COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment:

As mitigation for the proposed development the applicant proposes to purchase mitigation bank credits from Loblolly Mitigation Bank.

CULTURAL RESOURCES:

The Corps is not aware of any known historic properties within the permit area. By copy of this public notice, the Corps is providing information for review. Our final determination relative to historic resource impacts is subject to review by and coordination with the State Historic Preservation Officer and those federally recognized tribes with concerns in Florida and the Permit Area.

ENDANGERED SPECIES:

The Corps has determined the proposal would have no effect on any listed threatened or endangered species or designated critical habitat.

ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT (EFH): This notice initiates consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service on EFH as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1996. Our initial determination is that the proposed action would not have a substantial adverse impact on EFH or Federally managed fisheries in Dunn Creek. Our final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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 not 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 Jacksonville Permits Section, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Florida 32232, 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, Paula R. Johnson, in writing at the Jacksonville Permits Section, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, Florida 32232; by electronic mail at paula.r.johnson@usace.army.mil or by telephone at (904)232-2503.

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.