City of Irvine
EIR for General Plan Amendment and Zone Change for Planning Areas 18, 34, 39, and Lot 109 of Planning Area 33
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Land Use- Open Space Preservation, Residential Medium, Medium-High Density, Regional Commercial, Community Commercial, Research and Industrial, Commercial Recreation, Water Bodies
Zoning: Conservation Open Space Reserve, Development Reserve, Urban Commercial, Community Commercial, Industrial, Commercial Recreation, Preservation, Water Bodies
The California Department of Fish and Game is executing a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement number 1600-2006-0063-R5 pursuant to Section 1602 of the Fish and Game Code to the project applicant, Mr. Steve Letterly of the Irvine Company. The Operator proposes to develop the site for primarily residential use covering approximately 305 acres, with approximately 1.72 acres of CDFG jurisdiction of which 1.57 acres consist of vegetated riparian habitat. the 753-acre site is currently a partially developed area that supports a mosaic of vegetation types including coastal sage scrub, native grassland, non-native grassland, agriculture, southern willow riparian forest and mulefat scrub. PA 18 was planned to be consistent with the SAMP analytical framework whereby, the SAMP/MSAA tenets and functional integrity analysis were used to shape the development footprint (e.g. avoidance of aquatic resource integrity areas). Proposed mitigation is consistent with the SAMP/MSAA mitigation policies and the Strategic Mitigation Plan.
The Operator shall mitigate 1.72 acres of Permanent impacts to native vegetation at a compensation to impact ratio of 2:1, for a total mitigation obligation of 3.50 acre; and shall consist of on-site creation, restoration and enhancement of 0.75 acre of mulefat scrub and 2.75 acres of southern willow scrub at former Laguna Reservoir which is approximately 2,400 feet from San Diego Creek. The Operator shall contribute sufficient funds to brown headed cow-bird trapping program for the 3.50 acres of mitigation site within former Laguna Reservoir. In addition, to protect the mitigation site from domestic animal and other predators, the Operator shall place appropriate fencing and a buffer zone of riparian vegetation with signage around the perimeter of the mitigation area. Residents shall not have access to mitigation area. No activities shall be permitted within the mitigation site except habitat restoration, and the removal of exotic species, trash, and debris.