ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE
MT. SAN JACINTO
CAMPUS MASTER PLAN
Proposed Project. The Mt. San Jacinto College District has
prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) (SCH No. 2015081079) for
the proposed San Jacinto College Master Plan Project (“proposed project”).
The proposed project is
located on the existing San Jacinto College campus in the City of San Jacinto,
California, within the eastern portion of Riverside County. The 160-acre
project site is located southwest of Mt. San Jacinto and the San Jacinto River.
More specifically, the site is situated immediately east of State Route 79,
also known as North State Street, and north of the Ramona Expressway. These two
roads serve as the primary access ways to the site. The site is surrounded by
residential use to the north, east, and south, with a retail center also
located to the south.
The proposed project involves demolition
of existing buildings and uses on campus, and the construction and eventual
operation of new buildings and campus facilities. The proposed project would
also involve improvements to the circulation network within the campus to
include realigning main vehicular pathways and improving bicycle and pedestrian
connections throughout campus, and enhancements to the open space network. Prominent building characteristics include the demolition
of approximately 207,180 gross square feet of existing buildings and facilities
and the construction of approximately 594,614 gross square feet, which is a net
increase of approximately 387,434 gross square feet campus wide at buildout. Approximately
4,053 parking spaces would be provided upon full buildout of the project,
consisting of 2,396 student parking spaces, 497 visitor parking spaces, 310
faculty/staff parking spaces, 650 overflow parking spaces, and 200 parking
spaces in a commuter lot. The total on-campus parking could serve up to
approximately 16,212 students.
Development is planned
incrementally to meet SJC’s academic and space needs while minimizing
disruption to campus operations. Implementation also considers the sources and
availability of anticipated funding. Phasing for proposed development is
planned in three main segments, and the sequencing would be revisited annually
in conjunction with preparation of the 5-year construction plan.
Environmental Effects of Project. The Draft EIR concluded that the
proposed project will result in significant and unavoidable impacts on transportation
and traffic. The project’s impacts to air quality, biological resources, cultural
resources, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, and noise
were also found to be significant, but will be mitigated to a level below
significance with mitigation measures identified in the Draft EIR. The Draft
EIR also determined that impacts to aesthetics, geology and soils, greenhouse gas
emissions, public services, and utilities and service systems would be less
Public comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted by the Mt. San Jacinto
College District from June 22, 2016,
to August 8, 2016.
Draft EIR Here:
San Jacinto EIR Combined_OPT.pdf
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Contact person: Becky Elam, Vice President of Business Services.
Address for Submitting Comments. Comments on the Draft EIR should be mailed to:
Vice President of Business Services
Mt. San Jacinto College
1499 N. State Street
San Jacinto, California 92583