In 2006, the City of Eureka accepted a right-of-way dedication over Nilsen Lane, referenced as Parcel A on the Hobbs Parcel Map No. 1980, for "public street and utility purposes and all purposes incidental thereto." The dedication was irrevocably offered in 1981 by the residents of Nilsen Lane, but was not accepted by the City until 2006 when the parcel was needed for the Martin Slough Interceptor Project. That portion of the Martin Slough project has since been completed and the City has restored Nilsen Lane to pre-project condition or better. The applicants (the residents of Nilsen lane) have since requested the City vacate the street right-of-way because it is their understanding that the City does not intend to construct or maintain a "public street" over Parcel A.
The proposed right-of-way vacation project is administration in the sense that it involves no construction, grading or otherwise environmentally disturbing activities. Nilsen Lane has been in place for 30+ years, so any potential impacts the roadway might have on the environment have likely been realized. Furthermore, the roadway will remain as-is, regardless of this project's outcome. Modifications to Nilsen Lane would likely be the result of a subsequent, unrelated project. The potential effects of the right-of-way vacation are discussed in this report and in the discussion below; however, the true environmental impact of the modification of Nilsen Lane or an extension of Fern Drive would be evaluated at the time a future development project is proposed.
California Department of Parks and RecreationCaltrans, District 1Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1EDepartment of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Water ResourcesNative American Heritage CommissionRegional Water Quality Control Board, Region 1Resources Agency