HELIX Environmental Planning has provided environmental services for five segments of the Bayshore Bikeway, a regional bicycle corridor that will ultimately extend approximately 24 miles around San Diego Bay in the County of San Diego. Once completed, the Bayshore Bikeway will provide connections to activity and employment centers, as well as tourist and recreational destinations along the San Diego Bayfront. HELIX has, or is currently providing, services for segments 4, 5, 7, 8A, and 8B; through portions of San Diego, National City, and Chula Vista.
Services have included environmental constraints analysis; CEQA/NEPA document preparation (Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declarations, Addenda, and NEPA Categorical Exemptions); preparation of biology studies, rare plant surveys, and jurisdictional delineations; conformance with Caltrans and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements; regulatory permitting (including Section 404 permits, Section 401 certifications, federal coastal consistency determinations, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) 1602 SAA, and support to SANDAG in obtaining Coastal Development Permits (CDPs)); preparation of other technical studies, including air quality reports, green house gas (GHG) emissions reports, Section 4(f) evaluations, and visual impact studies; and participation in numerous Project Design Team meetings with SANDAG and Caltrans staff and consultants. HELIX has also overseen environmental technical studies by subconsultants, including cultural resource surveys and Section 106 compliance. In addition, HELIX has coordinated with Caltrans’ Division of Local Assistance and provided environmental services support to SANDAG to obtain NEPA Categorical Exemptions for the segments.