The project will widen this stretch of Storke Road between Phelps Road to the city limits, increasing the number of lanes from two lanes to four lanes. The project will also include a Class II bike lane and may include a Class I bike lane along the east side.
Purpose and Need
The widening of Storke Road is necessary to accommodate the additional traffic that will be generated by new UCSB student housing projects proposed south of Whittier Drive.
Funding for this project is through the Goleta Transportation Improvement Program (GTIP).
The Public Works Department of the City of Goleta released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the South Storke Road Widening Project (Project) on April 12, 2017.
Based on the location of the project and the potential environmental issues, City staff determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be the appropriate environmental document by which to study the impacts associated with the project. The purpose of the NOP and the Environmental Hearing Officer hearing is to provide an opportunity for required regulatory/responsible agencies and the public to weigh in on the issues to be studied within the EIR. The City has identified the following issues to be studied within the EIR: Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use Planning, Noise, Transportation/Traffic and Tribal Cultural Resources.
At the close of the NOP period, the preparation of the EIR will commence and is expected to take several months to prepare. The public will have an opportunity to review the Draft EIR and provide comments on the adequacy of the analysis of the project’s impacts in the above reference issue areas. Once the Draft EIR has been prepared it will be released for a minimum 45-day public review period. As the document has not been prepared yet, there is no further information to share at this time regarding when the Draft EIR will be available. When the draft EIR becomes available it will be posted to this site.
Comments on the scope of the EIR and questions regarding the project and/or review process can be directed to Teresa Lopes, Senior Project Engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org .