The formal public scoping comment period began on July 25 with the publication of the NOI, and was slated to run 45 days and end on September 8, 2016. The PSI, however, extended the scoping comment period by 15 days to September 23, 2016, thereby giving the public more time to submit comments on the proposed project. The final scoping report analyzing these comments was approved by the PSI in September 2017 and is available here. A summary of the scoping comments is provided below.
- The PSI received a total of 1280 submittals during the public scoping comment period, including:
- 306 unique submittals
- 974 form letters
- Of the 1280 submittals, the PSI identified a total of 3870 unique comments, including:
- 3501 substantive comments
- 369 non-substantive comments
- There were 1326 individual commenters, including those from the general public, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies. A list of these commenters and their affiliations, if any, are provided here.
The final scoping report provides complete text of all unique submittals, summarizes the comments by category, identifies public concern statements and issues that the PSI used to modify alternatives for consideration in the EIS, and provides next steps in the EIS process. As part of scoping, the PSI also prepared a working draft of Chapters 1 and 2 of the DEIS in late November 2017. These working drafts will be revised as appropriate throughout the EIS analysis, and are being provided to the public as an interim work product.
Along with draft Chapters 1 and 2, spreadsheets showing the routes and areas to be analyzed during the DEIS (see below) are being made available to the public as interim work products as of April 2018.
Note that all the alternatives now include routes in INFRA that are not open to the public (administrative, special-use permit, or Maintenance Level 1) as a result of a 2017 PSI decision to analyze the minimum road system in this DEIS. Additionally, because Alternative A (the no action alternative) consisted of the public motorized routes on the latest MVUMs described in the settlement agreement and did not consider non-public routes, the PSI added all non-public routes from INFRA (as of March 2018) to this alternative for the DEIS analysis.
- Tabular summary of draft DEIS Alternative A (no action) roads and trails for motorized vehicle use on the PSI: Excel or PDF
- Tabular summary of the draft DEIS action alternatives (Alternatives B-E) roads and trails for motorized vehicle use on the PSI: Excel or PDF
- Tabular summary of the draft DEIS action alternatives (Alternatives B-E) areas and parking for motorized vehicle use on the PSI: Excel or PDF