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1 Environmental Impact Statement Process Development Services Department Carol Helland, Land Use Director/SEPA Official (DSD) David Pyle, Senior Land Use Planner (DSD) Nicholas Matz AICP, Senior Planner (PCD) August 13, 2014

2 Provide high-level orientation to SEPA Present a preliminary EIS timeline Present information on the Energize Eastside EIS process Identify public engagement opportunities Provide question and answer time Meeting Objective

3 State Environmental Policy Act Requires environmental information to be considered before an “action” is taken “Agency” with jurisdiction determines process scope (DNS, MDNS or EIS) Process governed by: –State Law – Chapter 43.21C Revised Code of WA (RCW) –State Code – Chapter WA Admin Code (WAC) –Bellevue Code – Chapter Bellevue City Code (BCC) What is SEPA?

4 SEPA is an “administrative” process for conducting environmental review –Authority delegated by the City Council –Process administered by Development Services staff The process is directed by the City’s Environmental Coordinator –SEPA Responsible Official What is SEPA? (continued)

5 The most detailed form of environmental review required under SEPA Required when an agency determines a proposal is likely to have probable significant adverse environmental impacts SEPA provides a “safety net” when project impacts are not adequately addressed by government regulations What is an EIS?

6 An impartial disclosure document identifying: o Significant environmental impacts o Reasonable alternatives – a feasible alternate course of action that meets the proposal objectives at a lower environmental cost o Mitigation measures to avoid or minimize adverse impact An EIS in not a “permit,” it is: o A consolidated collection of information o Used to facilitate decision-making What is an EIS? (continued)

7 Energize Eastside Environmental Review Process 2014 Multi-Jurisdiction Collaboration Phase I Programmatic EIS Phase II – Project EIS Select Consultant Team (RFP) Execute Interlocal Agreement Project Need AssessmentAlternatives AnalysisDefine Project Mitigation Coordinated Project Review Bellevue Update -- Electrical Reliability Study Independent Review – Special Topics Study Construction Techniques Final EISIdentify Preferred Alternative

8 Step 1: Initiation of Energize Eastside EIS PSE agreed to preparation of EIS by the City Discussions initiated with other affected cities Cost of EIS process, including consultant services, to be paid by PSE Independent objective review ensured through oversight by Environmental Coordinator Anticipated Timing: Preliminary steps underway Energize Eastside EIS Process

9 Step 2: Determination of Lead Agency Status Required for projects located in multiple jurisdictions Bellevue identified as lead under state rules –Largest portion of project located within Bellevue –WAC Bellevue required to issue letter of lead agency status to other affected jurisdictions Anticipated timing: August 2014 Energize Eastside EIS Process

10 Step 3: Development of interagency agreement Tool to govern inter-jurisdictional relationships –Approved by City or County Council –Participant jurisdictions - Renton, Newcastle, King County, Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland Outlines roles of each participant jurisdiction in EIS preparation Describes participation in and method for incorporation of independent third party review Prescribes the consultant selection process Anticipated timing: September/October of 2014 Energize Eastside EIS Process

11 Step 4: Selection of EIS consultant Partner jurisdictions will work collaboratively to select the EIS consultant Standard contracting/purchasing process applies – eCityGov shared procurement portal Bellevue City Council approves consultant contract amount for EIS preparation Timing Anticipated: October/November of 2014 Energize Eastside EIS Process

12 Step 5: Phasing of Environmental Review Allowed by SEPA rules - WAC (5) Phase I: Non-project level environmental review –Broader analysis of need & methods to address need Phase II: Project-level environmental review –Narrower analysis of project-level construction and operation impacts Energize Eastside EIS Process

13 Step 6: Scoping Occurs after EIS consultant is under contract –Prior to Phase I non-project review –Prior to Phase II project-level review Includes public notice (signs, mailing, advertising) Follows standard process required by SEPA rules Public meeting(s) Public comment use to inform development of EIS scope Scoping summary prepared Anticipated timing: Initiate scoping January 2015 Energize Eastside EIS Process Opportunity for public engagement/comment!

14 Step 7: Draft Phase I Non-Project EIS Prepared by consultant at City direction Known topics include need and methods to address need Other topics to be included based in scoping Anticipated Timing: February-May 2015 Published and Circulated for Public Comment Comment period open for days Additional public outreach (public meetings, open houses) Anticipated Timing: June 2015 Energize Eastside EIS Process

15 Step 8: Draft Phase II Project-Level EIS Prepared by consultant at City direction Known topics include project level review of construction and operation impacts and identification of mitigation on a range of reasonable alternatives Other topics to be included based in scoping Supplements and expands on review completed in Phase I Anticipated Timing: August February 2016 Published and Circulated for Public Comment Comment period open for days Additional public outreach (public meetings, open houses) Anticipated Timing: February 2016 Energize Eastside EIS Process

16 Step 9: Final EIS Prepared by consultant at City direction Final EIS required to include response to comments on draft EIS Final EIS may include: –Analysis of modified alternatives –Supplemented or improved analysis from draft EIS –Factual corrections Final EIS to be used to inform decision-makers on project level issues Anticipated timing: July 2016 Energize Eastside EIS Process

17 Step 10: Bellevue Permitting Process Conditional Use Permit required PSE develops project design following EIS EIS analysis to be considered in review of Conditional Use Permit Conditional Use Permit process includes public notice of application, acceptance of public comment, and opportunity to appeal Anticipated timing: following completion of EIS Energize Eastside EIS Process Opportunity for public engagement/comment!

18 Citizen's Guide to SEPA Review and Commenting What is SEPA? The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) provides a way to identify possible environmental impacts that may result from governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies or plans. The SEPA Rules establish the requirements for conducting environmental review of a proposal. Information provided during the SEPA review process helps agency decision-makers, applicants, and the public understand how a proposal will affect the environment. This information can be used to change a proposal to reduce likely impacts, or to condition or deny a proposal when adverse environmental impacts are identified. Read more on the Department of Ecology Website at:

19 Question & Answer Development Services Department Carol Helland, Land Use Director/SEPA Official (DSD) David Pyle, Senior Land Use Planner (DSD) Nicholas Matz AICP, Senior Planner (PCD) August 13, 2014


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