Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The undead

The proposed Central Texas Airport hasn’t been in the ‘news’ since the developer’s failure to meet the June 30, 2012 deadline specified in the 381 Agreement. And it appears from these most recent documents that the developer had not been communicating with either the USACE or aci consulting for most of last year. But contrary to popular opinion which has assumed the airport is dead, we now know otherwise. Surprise, surprise! It’s baaaaack!!

On February 15, 2013, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) submitted the Mitigation Plan needed to complete the CTA’s permit application at the USACE. The email from IES simply states:

“Attached is the revised mitigation plan for the Central Texas Airport, SWF-201-506. This mitigation plan supersedes all previous versions.”

This mitigation plan is quite different from the previous versions because the mitigation banking credits are calculated according to a very specific formula - the Texas Rapid Assessment Method (TxRAM). Those data forms are not being made available here because they were completed by hand so rather illegible and the data itself is rather cryptic.

After the Corps makes a final determination and generates the necessary document (which could be quite lengthy), it will be sent to the TCEQ which will have 10 days to respond. If both agencies approve it, the permitting will be granted.

Wake up and get ready for round two, folks. It’s not over yet . . .

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