UPDATE: Finding of No Significant Impact Released
A finding of no significant impact for the project is now available. After consideration of the environmental assessment and public, tribal, and agency comments, the finding concludes that the project will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. Thank you for your interest throughout the planning process. The park plans to begin project implementation in the early months of 2020.
* 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 Planned to Begin - Early 2020
The park hosted a public meeting 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 16 correspondences. Commenters generally supported the project, expressing interest in improving operational efficiency, and improving the arrival experience. Commenters also expressed interest in cellular coverage, wireless internet, changes in entrance operations, and changes to transit (out of project scope).
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; this facility will be planned as a separate future project.
The environmental assessment (released for public comment from November 20 to December 20, 2018) analyzed one action alternative. The preferred alternative proposed construction of a unified welcome center building, replacement of the comfort station with an appropriately sized one, reconfiguration of the existing parking area, construction of a small staff parking area, construction of a sewer extension, and the option for installation of a water tank and access road.
A public webinar was held December 12, 2018. Attendees expressed concerns about parking capacity, asked questions regarding the intended building life and options to extend the operating season, and expressed interest in wireless internet at the site (out of project scope). The park received 18 comment letters; most expressed general project support. Some commenters expressed views on the inadequacy of existing facilities, concerns regarding of interim services, and offered suggestions for changes to entrance operations or amenities (out of project scope).