NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
PROJECT TITLE: Antelope Valley Community College District 2016 Facilities Master Plan
PROJECT LOCATION: Antelope Valley College, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, California, 93536-5426.
PROJECT APPLICANT: Antelope Valley Community College District
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proposed project is an update of the Antelope Valley Community College District (District) Facilities Master Plan (FMP), also known as the 2016 FMP. The 2016 FMP is guide for the future development of the District’s Lancaster campus, also known as Antelope Valley College (AVC). The 2016 FMP would accommodate an increase in full-time equivalent students (FTES) district-wide (including both the Lancaster campus and the District’s Palmdale Center) of 5,175 FTES by 2030, compared to 2014 levels, for 19,852 total FTES in 2030, 15,908 of which would be at the Lancaster campus.
The 2016 FMP is a strategy for modifying the Lancaster campus to accommodate growth and change over the next 30 years. The initial FMP for the Palmdale Center is presently being developed to support proposed expansion plans of the center and will be incorporated into the District Facilities Master Plan at a later date. The 2016 FMP is based on findings from the District’s Educational Master Plan. It provides a guide for long-term land and building use, and serves as a guide for near-term decisions on program planning and implementation, resource allocation, setting priorities and other College administrative matters which influence the student educational experience at AVC.
The 2016 FMP presents an overall picture of the future developed campus and includes recommendations for new construction, building renovations, change of use, and site development projects. It recommends the demolition and replacement of a number of the oldest buildings on the campus. Functions currently housed in these facilities will be relocated to new or existing facilities and will be designed to support the new campus zoning diagram and address projected instructional program needs. Although the 2016 FMP does not specify an exact amount of new square footage that would be added to the Lancaster campus upon full implementation of the 2016 FMP, it does identify a need for additional assignable square feet (ASF) on campus. ASF is the assignable or usable space within a building. The 2016 FMP requires approval by the District’s Board of Trustees.
SIGNIFICANT EFFECTS OF THE PROJECT: Based on the analysis in the Draft EIR, the proposed project would result in significant effects related to Cultural Resources, specifically to potentially historic resources. All other impacts of the proposed project are either less than significant without mitigation or less than significant with mitigation incorporated.
PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: The Draft EIR is available for public review and comment pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 14, sections 15087 and 15088. The public review and comment period during which the District will receive comments on the Draft EIR begins Friday, August 31, 2018 and ends Monday, October 15, 2018.
THE DRAFT EIR IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
- Antelope Valley College, Facilities Services Building, 3041 West Ave K, Lancaster, CA, 93536-5426, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Online at: http://www.avc.edu/news/2018/sept/EIR
- You can download the pdfs of the Draft EIR and its appendices.
RESPONSES AND COMMENTS: Please list a contact person for your agency or organization, include U.S. mail and email addresses, and send your comments to:
Antelope Valley Community College District
Attn: Doug Jensen, Executive Director, Facilities Services
3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536-5426
Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC MEETING: The District is currently planning to bring the Draft EIR before the District Board of Trustees for its consideration at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018, 6:30 pm, in Room SSV 151 of the Student Services Building on the campus of Antelope Valley College, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster, California 93536-5426, although the date, time, and place of this meeting may be subject to change.