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) aas described below:
APPLICANT: DR Horton, Inc. – Jacksonville
Mr. Andy Fremento
4220 Race Track Road
St. Johns, Florida 32259
WATERWAY AND LOCATION: The project would affect waters of the United States (wetlands) associated with Plummer Creek. The project site is located at end of River Glen Parkway, in Section 13, Township 2 North, Range 26 East, Yulee, Nassau County, Florida.
Directions to the site are as follows: From downtown Jacksonville, travel on Interstate 95 North, take exit 373 for FL-200/A1A, turn west on FL-200/A1A, turn left on Edwards Road, and left on River Glen Parkway. The proposed project site is located at the end of River Glen Parkway.
APPROXIMATE CENTRAL COORDINATES: Latitude 30.596613°
Basic: The basic project purpose is residential development.
Overall: The overall project purpose is for the expansion of an existing residential development with associated stormwater and roadway infrastructure in Yulee, Florida.
EXISTING CONDITIONS: The proposed project site is approximately 230 acres in size. The proposed project site is dominated by pine flatwoods/pine plantation, bottomland hardwood swamp, freshwater marsh, and mixed forested wetlands. The pine flatwood/pine plantation areas have a canopy of slash pine (Pinus elliottii), an understory and groundcover of yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), bitter gallberry (I. glabra), saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) and bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum). The bottomland hardwood swamp areas have a canopy of red maple (Acer rubrum), cypress (Taxodium spp.), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica var. biflora), and an understory and groundcover of Chinese tallow (Sapium sebiferum), fetterbush (Lyonia lucida), lizard’s-tail (Saururus cernuus), cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) and Virginia chain fern (Woodwardia virginica). The freshwater marsh areas are dominated by sawgrass (Cladium jamaicensis), cattail (Typha domingenis), and buttonbush (Cephalanhus occidentalis). The mixed forested wetland areas have a mixed canopy slash pine, dahoon holly (Ilex cassine), loblolly bay (Gordonia lasianthus), red maple (Acer rubrum) and sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and an understory and groundcover of fetterbush (Lyonia lucida), highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) Virginia chain fern (Woodwardia virginica) and pipewort (Eriocaulon sp.). The proposed project site is bordered by residential development to the west and south, and Plummer Creek and bottomland hardwood swamp and freshwater marsh wetlands to the north and east.
PROPOSED WORK: The applicant seeks authorization to discharge fill into 26.86 acres of freshwater wetlands, and 0.97 acre of proposed non-jurisdictional wetlands for the construction of a single-family residential development expansion with associated stormwater and roadway infrastructure.
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 proposed wetland impacts were limited to low to moderate quality wetlands within areas previously impacted by silviculture activities.
COMPENSATORY MITIGATION – The applicant has offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment:
The applicant proposes to purchase federal mitigation bank credits from Longleaf 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 the Atlantic Ocean. 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 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, FL 32232-0019 within 30 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, Shannon White, in writing at the Jacksonville Permits Section, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232; by electronic mail at email@example.com; or, by telephone at (904)232-1681.
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.