Mesa Environmental Assessment for Land Use Exchange, City of Mesa, AZ
EEC was contracted by the City of Mesa to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a value-to-value land use exchange of a property between two City-owned properties of similar value. The City was deeded the original parcel under a program called Federal Lands to Parks that allows surplus federal lands to be deeded to local jurisdictions so that the land may be used for public recreation purposes. The City sought to transfer of the public recreation deed restriction to another property in the City. The proposed action supported a water park complex with a hotel, stores, and restaurants at the property and a golf course east and southeast of the property.
EEC evaluated the resource categories potentially effected by the proposed action including: Human Health and Safety, Protection of Children, Accessibility to Populations with Disabilities, Hazardous & Toxic Materials, Biological Resources, Recreation Resources, Cultural Resources, and Land Use. In addition to the evaluation for potential direct and indirect impacts of the aforementioned resources, the proposed activities were also evaluated for cumulative effects on the environment.
The EA determined land use swap would have no significant impacts other than possibly reducing residential access to public recreation in the area of the original property. No mitigation measures were required. The Draft EA was available for public review and comment for the required 30-day period; however, no comments were received from the public. The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona State Historic Preservation office submitted comments in support of the findings of the EA.