El Dorado County
Benchmark Resources assisted the El Dorado County Transportation Division with environmental review of the Silver Springs Parkway to Bass Lake Road (South Segment) project, culminating in the preparation of a final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that was certified by the County Board of Supervisors in August 2016. Benchmark Resources provided CEQA compliance strategy, public outreach, analysis, document preparation, and hearings support to the County. The Silver Springs Parkway will provide an important new regional road connection in the County, consistent with development commitments and the County General Plan circulation element. The Benchmark Resources team prepared traffic, noise, air quality, hydrology/water quality, and biological resources impacts analyses; reviewed the project against the goals and policies of the County General Plan; and prepared an EIR that clearly documented project impacts and feasible mitigation strategies for the project. Benchmark Resources provided support to County staff in preparing CEQA findings and a presentation to the County Board of Supervisors and assisted County Transportation Division management in presenting the EIR and the project to the Board for certification and approval. El Dorado County originally approved the Silver Springs Parkway (as the Bass Lake Road Realignment Project) in the 1980s; however, substantial residential development had occurred in the area since that original approval and certain design modifications were under consideration. Due to design modifications since the original approval, Benchmark Resources and the County recognized the need to update the CEQA document.