The Environmental Documents for this project are currently available for public review and comment. Please visit the Planning Page to find the documents under the Environmental Notices section. You may also access the documents through the State of California’s CEQA page by using this link: https://ceqanet.opr.ca.gov/2024010059

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Castle Rock Trail is a popular, widely used trail facility located in the western portion of the City, close to the intersection of Big Bear Boulevard and Talbot Drive. No established parking facilities or amenities presently exist at this location and most trail users park along the edge of Big Bear Boulevard, which generates safety and traffic flow concerns. In 2018, the City was awarded Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant funds in the amount of $741,000. The proposed use of the grant funds is to construct a 30-space parking lot at this location that will include other amenities such as waste receptacles and a public restroom.

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Figure 1 - Current parking conditions

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Figure 2 - Current parking conditions

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Figure 3 - Current parking conditions

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Figure 4 - Current parking conditions

PROJECT LOCATION AND SCOPE

The proposed Castle Rock Trail Parking Lot will be located on the south side of State Highway (SH) -18 adjacent to Talbot Road which is located just east of Fisher Cove and west of Boulder Bay on Big Bear Lake’s southern shore.

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Figure 5 - Project location showing the new parking lot and the existing trail

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Figure 6 - View of the lot from the Intersection of Talbot and Big Bear Blvd.

The proposed project consists of constructing an approximately 0.26-acre parking lot, restroom facility, and a connection to the existing Castle Rock Trail. The parking lot would accommodate 30 parking spaces, two of which would be ADA Standard. The proposed trail connection would be approximately 350 feet long, and would connect the existing Castle Rock Trail (WUSFS Trail 1W03) to the westernmost end of the proposed parking lot. Sewer, water and electrical services would connect to existing utility lines in the adjacent roadways.

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Figure 7 - Site Plan of the parking lot

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The basic component of the proposed project is the installation of a paved parking lot that will encompass approximately 12,600 square feet (sf) of impervious surface on Assessor Parcel Number (APN): 0306-011-02. The parking lot will be installed and owned by the City of Big Bear Lake which will utilize a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), to partially fund the new parking facility construction. Once constructed and placed into operation, the City will oversee operation and maintenance of the parking facility.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the City retained an environmental consultant for the preparation of an Initial Study document to analyze the environmental impacts of the proposed project. The Initial Study analyzes a number of potential environmental factors that may result from this project such as biological resources, geology and soils, noise, air quality, and traffic amongst other factors. The findings of the Initial Study have led to the development of a Mitigated Negative Declaration to satisfy the CEQA requirements for this project.
The environmental documents for this project are available for public review, inspection, and comment through February 2, 2024. The documents may be accessed by visiting Planning (citybigbearlake.com) and finding them under the Environmental Notices Tab or through the California State Clearinghouse at ceqanet.opr.ca.gov. The Mitigated Negative Declaration for this project is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission for review, comment, and approval at the regularly scheduled Planning Commission Meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 1:15 p.m. at Big Bear Lake City Hall, 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA.

The environmental documents for this project are available for public review, inspection, and comment through February 26, 2024. The documents may be accessed by visiting Planning and finding them under the Environmental Notices Tab or through the California State Clearinghouse at ceqanet.opr.ca.gov. The Mitigated Negative Declaration for this project is scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission for review, comment, and approval at the regularly scheduled Planning Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 1:15 p.m. at Big Bear Lake City Hall, 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA.

DOCUMENTS

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An Adobe Acrobat file Castle Rock Trail Parking Lot 90% 3.59 MB

 

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