Planned Action EIS Scoping Summary
The scoping summary is a result of a process to identify the elements of the environment to be evaluated in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and helps identify and narrow the issues to those that are significant. The public and other agencies had opportunities to provide comments on key issues and concerns which were considered in determining the scope of the EIS.
WHAT IS A PLANNED ACTION EIS?
An EIS is a report prepared by government agencies according to the rules set by the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). An EIS provides information about environmental conditions, potential impacts, and mitigation measures related to a development proposal or legislation. A planned action EIS is intended to simplify and streamline environmental review of future individual projects in a defined study area. In a planned action EIS, thorough environmental analysis occurs upfront during the planning stage for a study area so that environmental impacts of the entire proposal can be understood and analyzed. This also allow a streamlined future review process for individual development projects.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE SR 99 SUBAREA PLAN?
The City of Edmonds has elected to prepare a Planned Action EIS for the SR 99 Subarea. The City will use the EIS to consider the potential significant adverse environmental impacts of future development under the subarea plan and identify actions to eliminate or reduce those impacts. Once the Final EIS is complete, the City may, by ordinance, designate the SR 99 study area as a planned action area. The ordinance will specify the planned action area boundaries, the types and amount of development that are authorized by the ordinance and the required mitigation. Future development proposals that meet all of the conditions of the ordinance may proceed without further environmental review.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE EIS PROCESS?
Before the EIS is prepared, the City must first determine the environmental topics to be considered, or scope of the EIS. For the SR 99 Subarea Planned Action EIS, the City has identified the following environmental topics to be considered:
- land use/plans and policies
- aesthetics and design
- public services and utilities