UPDATE: Environmental Assessment Released
Yosemite National Park is soliciting public comments regarding the Replace the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment (EA). The comment period for public scoping will be open until December 20, 2018. Public participation is an important element of the planning process and we welcome your ideas, concerns, issues, and suggestions. Please click on "Document List" in the left column to view the EA and comment on the document.
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct Public Scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental alternatives impacts and select preferred alternative - Summer 2018
Step 5. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document - Winter 2018 *
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public - Early 2019
Step 10. Construction begins - Summer 2019
The park hosted a public meeting in Groveland in May 2018 to present the project, answer questions, and solicit feedback from the community. The formal public scoping period closed in June 2018 and the park received sixteen correspondences. Commenters generally supported the project, expressing interest in improving operational efficiency through design, and improving the arrival experience. Commenters also expressed interest in cellular coverage, wireless internet, changes in entrance operations, and changes to transit (considered outside the scope of this project)
The park initially proposed constructing a separate facility in the Hodgdon Meadow area to house law enforcement/emergency services. This was ultimately not included in the preferred alternative due to the additional information needed to determine the preferred site and design approach for this facility. The park is now planning this facility as a separate future project.