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Planning Commission Staff Report

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									                                                AGENDA ITEM NO. 9.1

             CITY OF ELK GROVE
             CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT



AGENDA TITLE:              A public hearing to consider amending the
                           Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and
                           Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program
                           (MMRP), adopted for the Franklin Crossing
                           Amendments project (EG-09-062)

MEETING DATE:              September 22, 2010

PREPARED BY:               Mike Costa, Associate Planner

DEPARTMENT HEAD:           Taro Echiburú, Interim Planning Director


RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Staff recommends that the City Council adopt a resolution amending the
Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Reporting
Program, for the Franklin Crossing Amendments project (EG-09-062),
subject to the findings and revised mitigation measure contained in the
proposed resolution.

BACKGROUND / PROJECT DESCRIPTION

On July 14, 2010, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2010-154 that
approved an Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) for the Franklin
Crossing Amendments project (EG-09-062). The MMRP ensures that all of
the mitigation measures adopted for the project are implemented and that
their effectiveness is measured.

The MMRP includes Mitigation Measure (MM) 12.1, which was intended to
address the impacts of future noise levels on residents in the Franklin
Crossing project. MM 12.1 currently reads as follows:




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            MM 12.1 Exterior Noise Mitigation
            The project applicant shall construct a sound attenuation barrier along Bilby
            Road, Franklin Boulevard, Kammerer Road and the Union Pacific Railroad
            (UPRR) as specified below and in accordance with City standards to mitigate
            potential transportation noise impacts.

            Monitoring Action

            Prior to the issuance of any building permits, the applicant shall construct the
            noise barriers as specified below which are required to meet the thresholds for
            acceptable noise levels prior to residential occupancy. A combination of berm
            and wall is required.

            a. Construct a 6-foot high noise barrier at the property line along Bilby Road and
               Willard Parkway.

            b. Construct a 6-foot high noise barrier at the property line along future
               Kammerer Road (east end). A property line or overpass barrier will be
               required to mitigate future Kammerer Road overpass noise exposure on the
               project site. Noise exposure calculations and recommendations for noise
               mitigation for this overpass may be completed once specifics regarding the
               overpass design (elevations, etc.) are available. These noise barriers shall
               be a combination of earthen berms, soundwalls, and plan materials intended
               for sound attenuations. The construction and installation of the barriers shall
               be completed prior to the issuance of building permits.

            c. Construct a 6-8 foot high property-line noise barrier along the west side of the
               project site and a 3-foot high roadside barrier on the Kammerer Road
               overpass of the UPRR. These noise barriers shall be a combination of
               earthen berms, soundwalls, and plant materials intended for sound
               attenuations. These barriers should intersect the Kammerer Road overpass
               of the WPRR, with no gaps at the intersection points. The construction and
               installation of the barriers shall be completed prior to the issuance of building
               permits.

    Taylor Morrison of California, LLC. (the “Applicant”) is requesting to amend
    MM 12.1(c) in order to remove the requirement to construct the 3-foot high
    roadside barrier on the Kammerer Road overpass of the Union Pacific
    Railroad. The mitigation measure would be revised as follows (additions
    are shown in bold, deletions are shown with a strikeout):
            MM 12.1(C): Construct a 6-8 foot high property-line noise barrier along the west
            side of the project site and a 3-foot high roadside barrier on the Kammerer Road
            overpass of the UPRR. These This noise barriers shall be a combination of
            earthen berms, soundwalls, and plant materials intended for sound attenuations.



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        These This barriers should intersect the proposed noise barrier on the
        subdivision’s southern boundary Kammerer Road overpass of the WPRR,
        with no gaps at the intersection points. The construction and installation of the
        barriers shall be completed prior to the issuance of building permits for the
        subdivision’s corresponding development phase, to the satisfaction of the
        Planning Department.

Revising this mitigation measure, as shown above, removes the Applicant’s
requirement to construct the 3-foot high noise barrier along the Kammerer
Road / Union Pacific Railroad overpass. It also better defines the
completion of the required western noise barrier in relation to the
subdivision’s development phases.

ANALYSIS

The requirement to construct a 3-foot noise barrier on the Kammerer Road
overpass was formulated at a time when it was thought the construction of
Kammerer Road would precede the Franklin Crossing project. However,
timing of Kammerer Road construction is currently uncertain relative to the
Franklin Crossing project. Therefore, the requirement to construct a barrier
on the overpass may be an excessive one to place on the project
proponent. Mitigation Measure 12.1(b) actually addresses this by requiring
more specific noise assessments once the overpass design details become
available.

Should the development phase of the portion of the Franklin Crossing
subdivision (Phase 4), adjacent to Kammerer Road, be built before the
Kammerer Road overpass, it will be the City’s responsibility to analyze and
address potential noise impacts to the Franklin Crossing project.
Conversely, if the Kammerer Road overpass is built before Franklin
Crossing Phase 4, the Applicant will be required to assess and mitigate any
potential noise impacts to the subdivision, as required by Mitigation
Measure 12.1(b).

Amending the timing for construction of the 6-8 foot noise barrier along the
west side of the project site addresses an unintended situation of requiring
a noise barrier along the entire length of the subdivision at the time the first
building permit is approved, when potentially only a portion of the
subdivision along the west side of the project site is built. The modified
timing will allow staff to determine the appropriate length of the required



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    noise barrier according to the corresponding development phase being
    constructed.

    ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

    This amendment will not change the findings and mitigation measures
    established in the IS/MND adopted for the Franklin Crossing Amendments
    project (EG-09-062). All other mitigation measures, adopted as part of the
    project’s approval, will remain effective and must be satisfied as outlined in
    the adopted MMRP. Additional noise assessment may be conducted once
    the engineering of the Kammerer Road / Union Pacific Railroad overpass is
    finalized to ensure that any potential noise impacts to the subdivision will
    be mitigated to a less than significant level.

    FISCAL IMPACT:

    All costs associated with the implementation of the project’s mitigation
    measures will be borne by the Applicant. If construction of the Franklin
    Crossing project precedes construction of the Kammerer Road overpass,
    any potential noise mitigation will be the City’s responsibility and will have
    to be included in the Kammerer Road project budget.

    ATTACHMENTS:

        1. Resolution




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                                                                      ATTACHMENT 1

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ELK GROVE AMENDING
   THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND MITIGATION MONITORING
      REPORTING PROGRAM ADOPTED FOR THE FRANKLIN CROSSING
                   AMENDMENTS PROJECT EG-09-062

      WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Elk Grove adopted a Mitigated
Negative Declaration (MND) and Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP) on
July 14, 2010 for the Franklin Crossing Amendments project (EG-09-062) under
Resolution No. 2010-154; and

       WHEREAS, Taylor Morrison of California, LLC (hereinafter referred to as the
“Applicant”) has requested that Mitigation Measure (MM) 12.1(c) be amended to remove
the project’s requirement to construct a 3-foot high roadside barrier on the Kammerer
Road overpass of the Union Pacific Railroad; and

       WHEREAS, as currently written, MM 12.1(c) provides mitigation for an
anticipated noise level due to traffic noise originating at the future Kammerer
Road/Western Pacific Railroad overpass, that was identified by the noise assessment
prepared by Bollard Acoustical Consultants, Inc. for the project’s Initial Study / Mitigated
Negative Declaration (IS/MND); and

       WHEREAS, the IS/MND further indentifies that a specific analysis of traffic noise
exposure and mitigation for the proposed Kammerer Road overpass of the Union
Pacific Railroad would be required once engineering for this section of the roadway is
complete; and

        WHEREAS, the proposed amendment to MM 12.1(c) is equivalent in mitigating
or avoiding potential significant effects and it itself will not cause any potentially
significant effect on the environment; and

       WHEREAS, the proposed amendment to MM 12.1(c) will not change the findings
and mitigation measures established in the IS/MND adopted for the Franklin Crossing
Amendments project (EG-09-062); all other mitigation measures, adopted for this
project, will remain effective and must be satisfied as outlined in the adopted MMRP;
and

       WHEREAS, a public hearing was held on the project on September 22, 2010, in
which the deletion and substitution of the MM 12.1(c) was addressed.

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Elk
Grove amends Mitigation Measure 12.1(c), adopted as part of the Initial Study /
Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program for the
Franklin Crossing Amendments project (EG-09-062), as follows (additions are shown in
bold, deletions are shown with a strikeout):




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          MM 12.1(C): Construct a 6-8 foot high property-line noise barrier along the west
          side of the project site and a 3-foot high roadside barrier on the Kammerer Road
          overpass of the UPRR. These This noise barriers shall be a combination of
          earthen berms, soundwalls, and plant materials intended for sound attenuations.
          These This barriers should intersect the proposed noise barrier on the
          subdivision’s southern boundary Kammerer Road overpass of the WPRR,
          with no gaps at the intersection points. The construction and installation of the
          barriers shall be completed prior to the issuance of building permits for the
          subdivision’s corresponding development phase, to the satisfaction of the
          Planning Department.:

           PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Elk Grove this 22nd
    day of September, 2010.



                                                  SOPHIA SCHERMAN, MAYOR of the
                                                  CITY OF ELK GROVE


    ATTEST:                                       APPROVED AS TO FORM:


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    JASON LINDGREN, INTERIM CITY CLERK            SUSAN COCHRAN, CITY ATTORNEY




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