FAIRFIELD — Fairfield has released a revised look at the biological issues associated with the proposed Hawthorne Mill development.
Nothing dramatically new has come up. City Senior Planner Dave Feinstein said the draft revised section of the environmental impact report doesn’t change the project or identify new impacts.
Rather, Feinstein described the revisions as a response to comments received from federal and state agencies on the original environmental impact report. Fairfield could have issued responses to each point brought up. But Feinstein said revising the biological section is a “cleaner” approach.
Edenbridge Inc. wants to build up to 1,000 residences on 412 acres in the area north of Air Base Parkway and south of Cement Hill Road. The development would be broken into two sections: Hawthorne Mill East with 501 houses and 324 high-density residences and Hawthorne Mill West with 172 houses.
But the project is to be built in an area that can be home to the rare Contra Costa goldfields, dwarf downingia, papoose tarplant and other species protected by the federal and state endangered species acts. Construction as planned would also mean filling in about 30 acres of wetlands.
A key to trying to satisfy the rare species and wetlands laws is the proposed creation of the Hawthorne Mill conservation area.
The conservation area is to separate Hawthorne Mill West and Hawthorne Mill East and cover 221 acres of the 412-acre project. It includes 4.36 acres of open water, 36 acres of seasonal wetlands, 10 acres of alkali wetlands and 6 acres of vernal pools. Vernal pools have clay-lined soils and fill with water during the winter, providing a home to various rare species.
People can comment on the draft, recirculated portion of the Hawthorne Mill draft environmental impact report through July 14. It can be found at www.fairfield.ca.gov/gov/depts/cd/planning/proj/hawthorne_mill.asp and at the Fairfield-Suisun Library, 1150 Kentucky St. and Fairfield City Hall at 1000 Webster St.
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