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    DRAFT SEPA Checklist

    The draft SEPA checklist begins below with the table of contents. A complete copy of the checklist plus the attachments (Figures; Appendix A: Construction best management practices; Appendix B: Geotechnical report; Appendix C: Light and glare report; Appendix D: Cultural resources survey; and Appendix E: Transportation technical report) can be obtained by e-mailing SEPAComments@seattleschools.org. A hard copy of the document is also available for $13.00 by contacting Seattle Public Schools by phone at 206-252-0635 or by written request sent to:

    Seattle Public Schools
    P.O. Box 34165, MS 22-332
    Seattle, WA  98124-1165

    A public meeting will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, at Franklin High School, 3013 South Mt. Baker Boulevard, Seattle, WA to present the project and answer questions.

     Written comments regarding the Draft SEPA Checklist must be submitted to the address below or emailed to SEPAcomments@seattleschools.org.  The deadline for receipt of comment is 5:00 PM on November 8, 2017.

    Pegi McEvoy, SEPA Responsible Official
    Seattle Public Schools
    PO Box 34165, MS 22-183
    Seattle, WA  98124-1165 


    Draft Checklist Table of Contents

    Environmental Checklist

    1. Background
    2. Environmental Elements
    1. Earth
    2. Air
    3. Water
    4. Plants
    5. Animals
    6. Energy and Natural Resources
    7. Environmental Health
    8. Land and Shoreline Use
    9. Housing
    10. Aesthetics
    11. Light and Glare
    12. Recreation
    13. Historic and Cultural Preservation
    14. Transportation
    15. Public Services
    16. Utilities

    References

    1. BACKGROUND

     Name of Proposed Project:

    Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project

     1.     Name of Applicant:
        
    Seattle School District No. 1 (Seattle Public Schools)

    2.     
    Address and Phone Number of Applicant and Contact Person:
        
    Jeanette Imanishi
        
    Project Manager
        Seattle Public Schools
        
    2445 – 3rd Ave. S.
        
    MS 22-332, P.O. Box 34165
        
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165
        
    206-252-0663 

    3.     Date Checklist Prepared
        
    October 24, 2017

     4.     Agency Requesting Checklist

         Seattle School District No. 1
        2445 – 3rd Avenue South
        MS 22-332, P.O. Box 34165
        Seattle, WA 98124-1165

     5.     Proposed Timing or Schedule (including phasing, if applicable):

     The Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project that is analyzed in this Draft Environmental Checklist involves site preparation work, construction, and operation of the project referred to as the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting ProjectSite preparation and construction could begin in June 2018 with field operation by Fall 2018.

    6.     Do you have any plans for future additions, expansion, or further activity related to or connected with this proposal?If yes, explain.

     No future plans for further development of the project site are proposed. 

    7.     List any environmental information you know about that has been prepared, or will be prepared, directly related to this proposal:

     ¾Geotechnical Engineering Services Report (AESI, 2017); 
    ¾Lighting Summary Report (Musco Lighting, 2017);
    ¾Cultural Resources Assessment (SWCA, 2017); and,
    ¾Transportation Technical Report (Heffron Transportation, 2017). 
    These reports are included as appendices to this Checklist.

    8.     
    Do you know whether applications are pending for governmental approvals of other proposals directly affecting the property covered by your proposal? If yes, explain:
        
    There are no known other applications that are pending approval for the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site.

    9.     
    List any government approvals or permits that will be needed for your proposal, if known:

    Local Agencies

     City of Seattle

     Department of Construction and Inspections -- permits/approvals associated with the proposed project, including:

    •  Master Use Permit
    •  Building Permit

    •  Electrical Permits

      10.     
      Give a brief, complete description of your proposal, including the proposed uses and the size of the project and site.There are several questions later in this checklist that ask you to describe certain aspects of your proposal.You do not need to repeat those answers on this page.

     Overview

     The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site is located within south Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood and adjacent to Franklin High School (see Figures 1 and 2). The approximately 252,647 sq. ft. project site is bounded by 30th Avenue South. to the east; South Mount Baker Boulevard to the south; Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to the west; and single-family residences and retail/commercial buildings to the north.

     Existing Site Conditions

     The project site contains an existing synthetic turf athletic field and a six-lane running track surrounding the field; associated track and field facilities (i.e. long jump/triple jump areas, discus/shot put area, etc.) are located along the western edge of the field between the turf field and the track area. The Franklin High School gymnasium building is located along the eastern edge of the track area but is outside of the project site boundaries.

     Existing uses of the field area by Franklin High School include football practices, boys soccer practices, track and field practices, and unified soccer practices. Due to limitations and field availability, several existing school athletic activities are currently located on off-site field areas, including: girls’ soccer practices and games; football games; boys’ Frisbee practices and games; lacrosse games and practices; girls’ Frisbee practices and games; baseball practices and games; and, softball practices and games. Pursuant to the existing Joint Use Agreement (JUA) between Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, Franklin High School maintains the use of the field until 6:45 PM, at which time the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department utilizes the field for its programming uses until dusk.

    The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department currently utilizes the field for a variety of recreation programming uses, including youth soccer practices and games; adult soccer games; youth football practices and games; ultimate Frisbee practices and games; and, youth track practices.

     Currently, on-street parking is used to access the Franklin High School athletic field and track. A nearby Seattle Public Schools-owned parking lot at the corner of South Byron Street and Wetmore Avenue South is currently temporarily used for equipment storage but would also available for overflow parking for school and athletic events.

     Proposed Project

     As noted previously, the existing field is currently used for a variety of athletic uses by Franklin High School and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. The project design for the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project is intended to illuminate the athletic field and track for use by Seattle Public Schools during after-daylight hours which would allow for increased use of the field, particularly during the late-fall and winter months when there is less daylight during the day. The project design would provide lighting for increased use of the field and track, while minimizing lighting spill and glare impacts to the surrounding area. The proposed project would consist of six, approximately 70-foot tall field lighting poles and mountings that would illuminate the existing field and track. The existing field would remain in its current configuration and no new buildings or other field improvements are associated with the lighting project. The proposed project would not provide additional parking. See Figure 3 for a site plan.

     

    Six, approximately 70-foot tall lighting poles would be provided as a part of the project (three on the east side of the site, and three on the west). The poles on the east side of the project site would be located just outside of the track, spaced evenly along the length of the track with light fixtures oriented west. The poles on the west side of the site would be located in between the track and the field area, with light fixtures oriented both east (towards the field) and west (towards the track). See the Table 1 below for information regarding the light fixtures and mounting locations for each pole; see Figure 4 for an illustration of corresponding light pole locations.  Total Light Control (TLC) – LED – 1150 luminaires would be used, for a total of 46 light fixtures.

     Table 1
    Proposed Light Fixtures and Mounting Locations

    Fixture                Fixture                Fixture
    Location             Height                 Quantity             Group

     F1*                        70’                       5                           A          West side of site
                                   70’                       4                          
    B**
                                   25’                       1                           A

     F2*                        70’                       5                           A
                                   70’                       4                           B**

     F3*                        70’                       5                           A
                                   70’                       4                          
    B**
                                   25’                       1                           A

     F4                           70’                       5                           A          East side of site
                                   25’                       1                           A

     F5                           70’                       5                           A

     

    F6                           70’                       5                           A
                                   25’                       1                           A

     *------Lighting poles at these locations have back-to-back mountings at the 70’ height (5/4)
    **----Group B fixtures face away from the field, lighting the track only

     

    With the completion of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project, school-related athletic activities that currently occur on the field would continue and the school would be able to utilize the field for additional activities that currently occur on off-site fields. Girls’ soccer practices and games that are currently held at Genesee Park would be able to utilize the field during the fall. Boys’ Frisbee practices and games would also utilize the field during the fall. During the spring, boys soccer, track and field and lacrosse would continue to utilize the field and the implementation of new field lighting would allow the school to reduce the amount of practice time lost. Boys’ Frisbee practices and games would also utilize the field during the spring.

     

    The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department would continue to utilize the field for its current activities (i.e., youth soccer practices and games, adult soccer games, youth football practices and games, etc.) and would also utilize the fields for youth lacrosse practices and games and adult lacrosse games.

     

    Field usage between Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department would continue to occur in accordance with the JUA and evening use of the field would occur until approximately 10:00 PM year-round, consistent with City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1[1]

    11.Location of the proposal.Give sufficient information for a person to understand the precise location of your proposed project, including a street address, if any.If a proposal would occur over a range of area, provide the range or boundaries of the site(s).

     

    The Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site is located at 2880 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144, immediately west of the Mount Baker Boulevard Park greenway and Franklin High School. The site is bounded by 30th Avenue South to the east; South Mount Baker Boulevard to the south; Rainier Avenue South at the southwest corner; Martin Luther King Jr. Way South to the west; and single family residences and retail/commercial buildings to the north (which are accessed via South McClellan Street to 29th Avenue South and 30th Avenue South). See Figure 1 and Figure 2 for vicinity maps of the project site
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      B.     ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS

    1.      Earth

          a.    General description of the site (circle one):
      Flat, rolling, hilly, steep slopes, mountainous, other:_______________________________________

         The majority of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site is flat, with a steep slope area to the northeast of the existing field, adjacent to 30th Avenue South. See Figure 5 for a survey of the existing project site.

         b.   What is the steepest slope on the site (approximate percent slope)?

         The steep slope area to the northeast of the existing field contains an approximately 15 to 20 percent slope. It is likely that this slope was created during the original grading for the site (AESI, 2017).

        c.   What general types of soils are found on the site (for example, clay, sand, gravel, peat, muck)?  If you know the classification of agricultural soils, specify them and note any agricultural land of long-term commercial significance and whether the proposal results in removing any of these soils.

         As noted in the Geotechnical Report for the project (AESI, 2017), the soils on the project site generally consist of surficial fill ranging in depths from 8 to 13 feet below the ground surface. Below the fill is generally very loose silty sand and very soft silt that is interpreted as Holocene relict wetland deposits and Vashon recessional lacustrine sediments. These deposits and sediments range in depth from 8 to 26 feet below the ground surface. Pre-Olympia glacial diamict was also encountered in certain areas of the site at a depth of 24 feet below the ground surface (see Appendix B for further details).

         d.   Are there surface indications or history of unstable soils in the immediate vicinity? If so, describe.

         Based on City of Seattle critical areas GIS maps, the project site is located within a Liquefaction Zone Environmentally Critical Area (ECA).

         The Puget Sound region is a seismically active region; thus the project site could experience seismic activity, which may cause surface rupture, liquefaction and subsidence, and landslides. However, based on site conditions, the risk of these hazards is considered low in this area of Seattle. Historical information indicates that no landslide activity has occurred on the proposed project site.[2]

         e.   Describe the purpose, type, and approximate quantities and total affected area of any filling, excavation, and grading proposed.  Indicate source of fill.

         No grading would be required as a part of the proposed project. A minimal amount of excavation would be required to install the foundations for each of the proposed light poles.

        f.    Could erosion occur as a result of clearing, construction, or use?  If so, generally describe.

        Erosion is possible in conjunction with any construction activity.  Site work would expose soils, but the implementation of a Temporary Erosion Sedimentation Control (TESC) plan would mitigate potential impacts.  Once the project is operational, no erosion is anticipated.

         g.   About what percent of the site will be covered with impervious surfaces after project construction (for example, asphalt or buildings)?

        The completed project would not substantially change the percentage of the site that is covered in impervious is surfaces, which is approximately 75 percent under existing conditions.

         h.   Proposed measures to reduce or control erosion, or other impacts to the earth, if any:

         As outlined in the Geotechnical Report (Appendix B), the project would follow City of Seattle regulations, including providing a Temporary Erosion and Sedimentation Control (TESC) Plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Appendix A also provides a summary of Construction BMPs that are typically utilized by Seattle Public Schools during the construction process. The following measures would be implemented during construction to control erosion:

        • Provide storm drain inlet protection;

        • Route surface water away from work areas;

        • Keep staging areas and travel areas clean and free of track-out;

        • Cover work areas and stockpiled soils when not in use; and,

        • Compete earthwork during dry weather and site conditions, if possible.

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        2.      Air

        a.   What type of emissions to the air would result from the proposal (i.e., dust, automobile, odors, industrial wood smoke) during construction and when the project is completed?  If any, generally describe and give approximate quantities if known.

         During construction, the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project could result in temporary increases in localized air emissions associated with particulates and construction-related vehicles. It is anticipated that the primary source of temporary, localized increases in air quality emissions would result from particulates associated with on-site excavation and site preparation as part of the proposed light pole installation. While the potential for increased, air quality emissions could occur throughout the construction process, the timeframe of greatest potential impact would be at the outset of the project in conjunction with the site preparation and excavation/grading activities. However, as described above under the Earth discussion, minimal amounts of excavation would be required for the project and air quality emission impacts are not anticipated to be significant.

         Upon completion of the project, the primary source of emissions would be from vehicles travelling to and from the site. Emissions from such vehicles would not be anticipated to result in a significant adverse air quality impact. 

        b.   Are there any off-site sources of emissions or odor that may affect your proposal?  If so, generally describe.

        The primary off-site source of emissions in the site vicinity is vehicle traffic on surrounding roadways, including Rainer Avenue South and Martin Luther King Jr Way South. There are no known offsite sources of air emissions or odors that may affect the proposed project.

         1.     Proposed measures to reduce or control emissions or other impacts to air, if any:

         The following measure would be provided to reduce/control air quality impacts during construction:

        • Construction activities would be required to comply with Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) regulations, including Regulation I, Section 9.11 (prohibiting the emission of air contaminants that would be injurious to human health) and Regulation I, Section 9.15 (prohibiting the emission of fugitive dust, unless reasonable precautions are employed). Additional mitigation measures to minimize air quality impacts during construction are identified in Appendix B.

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        3.      Water

        a.   Surface:

        1)   Is there any surface water body on or in the immediate vicinity of the site (including year-round and seasonal streams, saltwater, lakes, ponds, wetlands)?  If yes, describe type and provide names.  If appropriate, state what stream or river it flows into.

         There is no surface water body on or in the immediate vicinity of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site. The nearest surface water body is Lake Washington, which is located approximately ½ mile east of the project site (see Figure 1).

         2)   Will the project require any work over, in, or adjacent to

        (within 200 feet) the described waters?  If yes, please describe and attach available plans.

        The proposed project will not require any work over, in, or adjacent (within 200 feet) of any water body.

        3)   Estimate the amount of fill and dredge material that would be placed in or removed from surface water or wetlands and indicate the area of the site that would be affected.  Indicate the source of fill material.

        No fill or dredge material would be placed in or removed from any surface water body as a result of the proposed project.

        4)   Will the proposal require surface water withdrawals or diversions?  Give general description, purpose, and approximate quantities if known.

         The proposed project would not require any surface water withdrawals or diversions.

         5)   Does the proposal lie within a 100-year floodplain?  If so, note location on the site plan.

        The proposed project site does not lie within a 100-year floodplain and is not identified as a flood prone area on the City of Seattle Environmentally Critical Areas map.

        6)   Does the proposal involve any discharges of waste materials to surface waters?  If so, describe the type of waste and anticipated volume of discharge.

         There would be no discharge of waste materials to surface waters.

         b.   Ground:

        1)   Will ground water be withdrawn, or will water be discharged to ground water?  If so, give a general description of the well, proposed uses and approximate quantities withdrawn from the well. Will water be discharged to groundwater? Give general description, purpose, and approximate quantities if known.

         During geotechnical investigations on the site (AESI, 2017), three borings were completed ranging from a depth of 16.5 feet to 26.5 feet below the ground surface. Groundwater was encountered within all three borings and ranged from a depth of approximately 8 to 12 feet below the ground surface. The groundwater levels represent a shallow water table that is present within the Vashon recessional and Holocene sediments that are found within this portion of the Rainier Valley area.  No groundwater would be withdrawn or water discharged to ground water as part of the proposed project.

         2)   Describe waste material that will be discharged into the ground from septic tanks or other sources; industrial, containing the following chemicals; agricultural; etc.).  Describe the general size of the system, the number of such systems, the number of houses to be served (if applicable), or the number of animals or humans the system(s) are expected to serve.

         Waste material would not be discharged into the ground from septic tanks or other sources as a result of the proposed project.

         c.   Water Runoff (including storm water):

        1)   Describe the source of runoff (including storm water) and method of collection and disposal, if any (include quantities, if known).  Where will this water flow?  Will this water flow into other waters?  If so, describe.

         Approximately 75 percent of the existing site is in impervious surfaces, including existing paved surfaces, existing turf surfaces and existing rubberized track surfaces. The amount of impervious surfaces on the site would not substantially change with the project and stormwater management for the field area would continue to be provided as under the existing conditions.

         2)   Could waste materials enter ground or surface waters?  If so, generally describe.

         The existing stormwater management system for the site would continue to ensure that waste materials would not enter ground or surface waters as a result of the proposed project.

         3)   Does the proposal alter or otherwise affect drainage patterns in the vicinity of the site? If so, describe.

         The proposed project would not alter or otherwise affect drainage patterns in the site vicinity.

         d.   Proposed measures to reduce or control surface, ground, and runoff water impacts, if any:

         The following measures would be implemented to control surface, ground and runoff water impacts:

        • A Temporary Erosion and Sedimentation Control (TESC) Plan and Best Management Practices (BMPs) would be implemented during construction to reduce erosion and minimize impacts to water resources.

        • Impervious surfaces would not substantially increase on the site and the existing stormwater management system would continue to serve the field area.
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        4.      Plants                 

        a.   Check or circle types of vegetation found on the site:

        X_deciduous tree: 
        __evergreen tree: 

        __shrubs
        X
        _ grass
        __ pasture
        __ crop or grain
        __ wet soil plants: 
        cattail, buttercup, bullrush, skunk cabbage, other
        __ water plants: 
        water lily, eelgrass, milfoil, other
        _ other types of vegetation

         b.   What kind and amount of vegetation will be removed or altered?

         Existing trees and grass areas are located in the northeast corner of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site, beyond the field and track area and adjacent to 30th Avenue South. Approximately 33 deciduous trees are located within this area. No trees would be removed or altered as a part of the proposed project. 

         c.   List threatened or endangered species known to be on or near the site.

        No known threatened or endangered species are located on or proximate to the project site.

         d.   Proposed landscaping, use of native plants, or other measures to preserve or enhance vegetation on the site, if any:

         All existing trees and the existing grass area in the northeast corner of the site would be retained as part of the project. Landscaping and additional vegetation is not proposed as a part of this project.

         e.   List all noxious weeds and invasive species known to be on or near the site.

         Noxious weeds or invasive species that could be present in the vicinity of the site include giant hogweed, English Ivy and Himalayan blackberry.
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         5.      Animals

        a.   Circle (underlined) any birds and animals that have been observed on or near the site or are known to be on or near the site:

        birds:  songbirds, hawk, heron, eagle, other: seagulls, pigeons,

        mammals:  deer, bear, elk, beaver, other:  squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice

        fish:  bass, salmon, trout, herring, shellfish, other:  None.

        Birds and small mammals tolerant of urban conditions may use and may be present on and near the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site. Mammals likely to be present include: raccoon, eastern gray squirrel, mouse, rat, opossum, and feral cats.

        Birds common to the area include: European starling, house sparrow, rock dove, American crow, seagull, western gull, Canada goose, American robin, and house finch.

         

        b.   List any threatened or endangered species known to be on or near the site.

         

        The following are listed threatened or endangered species that could be present within the site area or surrounding vicinity based on data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: marbled murrelet, streaked horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, bull trout, and north american wolverine[3]. However, it should be noted that none of these species have been observed at the site and due to the urban location of the site, it is unlikely that these animals are present on or near the site

         c.   Is the site part of a migration route?  If so, explain.

         The entire Puget Sound area is within the Pacific Flyway, which is a major north-south flyway for migratory birds in America—extending from Alaska to Patagonia. Every year, migratory birds travel some or all of this distance both in spring and in fall, following food sources, heading to breeding grounds, or travelling to overwintering sites.  

         d.   Proposed measures to preserve or enhance wildlife, if any:

         No specific measures are proposed to enhance wildlife and/or habitat.

         e.   List any invasive animal species known to be on or near the site.

         Invasive species known to be located in King County include European starling, house sparrow and eastern gray squirrel.
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         6.      Energy and Natural Resources

        a.   What kinds of energy (electric, natural gas, oil, wood stove, solar) will be used to meet the completed project’s energy needs?  Describe whether it will be used for heating, manufacturing, etc.

         Electricity is the primary source of energy that would serve the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project.  During operation, this energy source would be used for lighting the athletic field and the field lights would generally operate until approximately 10:00 PM, consistent with Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1.

         b.   Would your project affect the potential use of solar energy by adjacent properties?  If so, generally describe.

         The proposed project would not affect adjacent properties use of solar energy.

         1.     What kinds of energy conservation features are included in the plans of this proposal?  List other proposed measures to reduce or control energy impacts, if any:

         The following measures would be provided to conserve energy and minimize energy impacts. 

        • The proposed field lighting for the project would utilize LED lighting fixtures which would be more efficient and conserve energy when compared with traditional metal halide light fixtures.

        • The proposed field lighting system would be connected to a fully programmable control system with remote operation to allow field lights to be turned off after play is completed and area lights would remain on for a short period of time to allow for ample light for safe egress from the site.
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        7.      Environmental Health

        a.   Are there any environmental health hazards, including exposure to toxic chemicals, risk of fire and explosion, spill, or hazardous waste that could occur as a result of this proposal?  If so, describe.

         The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would have no known environmental health hazards that could occur as a result of this proposal. 

         1)   Describe any known or possible contamination at the site from present or past uses.

              No known sources of potential contamination are present on the site

              2)   Describe existing hazardous chemicals/conditions that might affect project development and design. This includes underground hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines located within the project area and in the vicinity.

               No existing hazardous chemicals/conditions are located within the project area.

        3) Describe any toxic or hazardous chemicals that might be stored, used, or produced during the project’s development or construction, or at any time during the operating life of the project.

        No toxic or hazardous chemicals are anticipated to be stored, used or produced during the project’s development or operation.

         4)   Describe special emergency services that might be required.

        No special emergency services are anticipated to be required as a result of the project.  As is typical of urban development, it is possible that normal fire, medical, and other emergency services may, on occasion, be needed from the City of Seattle for field activities (i.e. injuries during athletic events, etc.).

         5)   Proposed measures to reduce or control environmental health hazards, if any:

         No known environmental health hazards are anticipated as part of the project and no mitigation measures would be required.

         b.   Noise

        1)   What types of noise exist in the area that may affect your project (for example: traffic, equipment operation, other)?

         Traffic noise associated with adjacent roadways is relatively high due to the site’s proximity to Martin Luther King Jr Way South and Rainier Avenue South (located adjacent to the western boundary of the site). In addition, elevated Sound Transit light rail tracks are located immediately west of Rainier Avenue South and are a source of noise in the area. Neither the vehicle traffic noise, nor the noise from light rail, are anticipated to adversely affect the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project.

         2)   What types and levels of noise would be created by or associated with the project on a short-term or a long-term basis (for example:  traffic, construction, operation, other)?  Indicate what hours noise would come from site.

        Short-Term Noise

         Construction-related noise would occur as a result of on-site construction activities associated with the project. Residential land uses (particularly those to the immediate north and northeast of the site) would be the most sensitive noise receptors and could experience occasional noise-related impacts throughout the construction process. The proposed project would comply with provisions of Seattle’s Noise Code (SMC, Chapter 25.08) as it relates to construction-related noise to reduce noise impacts during construction.

         Long-Term Noise

        With the completion of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project, school-related athletic activities that currently occur on the field would continue and the school would be able to utilize the field for additional activities that currently occur on off-site fields. Girl’s soccer practices and games that are currently held at Genesee Park would be able to utilize the field during the fall. Boy’s Frisbee practices and games would also utilize the field during the fall. During the spring, boy’s soccer, track and field and lacrosse would continue to utilize the field and the implementation of new field lighting would allow the school to reduce the amount of practice time lost. Boy’s Frisbee practices and games would also utilize the field during the spring. The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department would continue to utilize the field for its current activities (i.e., youth soccer practices and games, adult soccer games, youth football practices and games, etc.) and would also utilize the fields for youth lacrosse practices and games and adult lacrosse games.

         Noise sources from additional activities would be similar to those activities that currently occur on the site and would reflect the increased usage of the field; including use of the field later in the evening (until 10:00 PM). Increased noise on the site would primarily be associated with noise from athletic participants during practices and games and crowd noise during games. Typical noise levels from sporting events were analyzed as part of the City of Seattle’s 2002 EIS for the Sand Point Magnuson Park Drainage, Wetland/Habitat Complex and Sports Fields/Courts Project (2002 Sand Point Magnuson Park EIS), which included similar athletic activities as the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project. The 2002 Sand Point Magnuson Park EIS indicated that youth soccer practices/games and adult league soccer games would all generate the following noise levels:

         L25[4]: 52 dB(A) at 30 meters

        • Lmax[5]: 68 dB(A) at 30 meters

           It would be anticipated that youth soccer practices/games and adult soccer games (and other athletic activities, practices and games) at the site would generate a similar level of noise as identified above in the 2002 Sand Point Magnuson Park EIS. The closest residences are located approximately 10-15 meters to the north of the field; residences to the northeast of the field are approximately 30 to 50 meters from the field area.

           

          These sound levels associated with field uses (L25 of 52 dB(A) and Lmax of 68 dB(A)) would be within the exterior sound level limits identified in SMC 25.08.410, which includes average sound level limits of 55 dB(A) for residential receiving properties and maximum sound level limits (Lmax) of no more than 15 dB(A) above the exterior sound level limit (e.g. 70 dB(A)) for residential receiving properties). Additionally, the site and surrounding area contain a high level of existing noise due to the proximity to vehicle traffic noise from Martin Luther King Jr Way South and Rainier Avenue South as well as noise from light rail traffic. As result, it is anticipated that the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project is not anticipated to result in significant noise impacts.

        3)   Proposed measures to reduce or control noise impacts, if any:

        The following measures would be provided to reduce noise impacts:

        • As noted, the project would comply with provisions of the City’s Noise Ordinance (SMC 25.08); specifically: construction hours would be limited to standard construction hours (non-holiday) from 7 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 7 PM.  If extended construction hours are necessary, the applicant would apply for a noise variance.

         

        • The use of the field would comply with City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1, which allows for field lighting use until 10:00 PM.

         

        • In the event that specific individual activities may cause noise issues, the City of Seattle maintains a 24-hour noise complaint hotline that can be used by the community surrounding the project site.
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         8.      Land and Shoreline Use

        a.   What is the current use of the site and adjacent properties?  Will the proposal affect current land uses on nearby or adjacent properties? If so, describe.

         

        The Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site is comprised of the existing field and track that is currently used for school activities such as soccer, football (practice only), track and field (practice only), lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, baseball and softball drills, Physical Education classes, conditioning workouts, band rehearsal, and graduation rehearsal. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department also utilizes the field for a variety of recreation programming uses, including youth soccer practices and games, adult soccer games, youth football practices and games ultimate Frisbee practices and games, and youth track practices. The Franklin High School gymnasium building is located along the eastern edge of the site area but is outside of the project’s limits of work boundaries (see Figure 3 for the site plan of the project).

        Adjacent land uses south of the project site, across South Mount Baker Boulevard include a 3-story multifamily residence that is currently under construction; Seattle Fire Station 30; and a Wells Fargo bank with associated surface parking.

        Adjacent land uses west of the project site, across Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, include a U.S. Bank building and coffee shop with associated surface parking. Other nearby uses west of the site include the Mount Baker Transit Center, the 4-story Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts, and the Mount Baker Light Rail Station.

        A single-story, retail building is immediately northwest of the site and includes several retail and service uses. To the north and northeast of the site are 1-2-story single family residences and 29th Avenue South. The residences are situated at the top of the sloped area, above the field site, and are also separated from the site by several mature deciduous trees.

        To the east of the project site, across 30th Avenue South, are 1-3 story, single family residences, Mount Baker Boulevard Park, and Franklin High School.

        While the site is currently utilized for a variety of scholastic and non-scholastic athletic activities, the proposed athletic field lighting would allow for an intensification of the current use (i.e., increased noise, traffic, etc.) by allowing activities to occur later into the evening (particularly during the late fall and winter months). This use would continue to be consistent with the current use and significant impacts would not be anticipated.

         

        b.   Has the site been used as working farmlands or working forest lands? If so, describe. How much agricultural or forest land of long-term commercial significance will be converted to other uses as a result of the proposal, if any? If resource lands have not been designated, how many acres in farmland or forest land tax status will be converted to nonfarm or nonforest use?

         The site has no recent history of use as a working farmland or forest land.

         1)      Will the proposal affect or be affected by surrounding working farm or forest land normal business operations, such as oversize equipment access, the application of pesticides, tilling, and harvesting? If so, how:

        The site is located in an urban area and would not affect or be affected by working farm or forest land; no working farm or forest land is located in the vicinity of this urban site.

         c.   Describe any structures on the site.

         The site is occupied by an approximately 53,786 sq. ft., 2-story aggregate building that was constructed in 1959. The building is used as a gymnasium for Franklin High School. As noted previously, this building is outside of the project’s limits of the work boundaries.

        d.   Will any structures be demolished?  If so, what?

         No structures would be demolished as a result of the proposed project.

         e.     What is the current zoning classification of the site
        The site is currently zoned as Single-Family Residential (SF 5000).

        The site is immediately adjacent to a Seattle Mixed zone (to the west and south), and lowrise residential-commercial zones (to the south).

         f    What is the current comprehensive plan designation of the site?

         The Future Land Use Map in the Seattle Comprehensive Plan identifies the site within a designated Hub. Specifically, the project site is located within the North Rainier Hub Urban Village. Hub Urban Villages “provide a balance of housing and employment, generally at densities lower than those found in urban centers. These areas provide a focus of goods, services, and employment to communities that are not close to urban centers”[6].

         g.   If applicable, what is the current shoreline master program designation of the site?

        The project site is not located within the City’s designated shoreline boundary.

         h.   Has any part of the site been classified as a critical area by the city or county?  If so, specify.

        According to the City of Seattle Environmental Critical Areas Maps there are two Environmental Critical Areas located on the project site.

         A steep slope area is located within the northeast portion of the project site. However, the proposed light poles would be located to the south and west of the steep slope area.  Most of the site is also classified as a liquefaction prone area, aside from the northeast corner. The light pole locations would occur within the liquefaction prone area.

         i.    Approximately how many people would reside or work in the completed project?

         The proposed project would not provide living or work opportunities. 

         j.    Approximately how many people would the completed project displace?

         The proposed project would not displace any people.

         k.   Proposed measures to avoid or reduce displacement impacts, if any:

         No displacement impacts would occur and no mitigation measures are necessary.

         l.    Proposed measures to ensure the proposal is compatible with existing and projected land uses and plans, if any:

         The project is compatible with existing land uses and plans. Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 23.51B.002(D)(6) allows light poles for public school athletic facilities to exceed the maximum permitted height up to a maximum of 100 feet tall if it is determined that additional height is necessary to ensure adequate illumination and that impacts from light and glare are minimized to the greatest extent practical. Section 11, Light and Glare, provides further discussion on the proposed light poles and how light and glare would be minimized through the use of taller light poles.

         m. Proposed measures to ensure the proposal is compatible with nearby agricultural and forest lands of long-term commercial significance, if any:

         The project site is not located near agricultural or forest lands and no mitigation measures are necessary.
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         9.      Housing

        a.   Approximately how many units would be provided, if any?  Indicate whether high, middle, or low-income housing.

         No housing units would be provided as part of the project.

         b.   Approximately how many units, if any, would be eliminated?  Indicate whether high, middle, or low-income housing.

         No housing presently exists on-site and none would be eliminated.

         c.   Proposed measures to reduce or control housing impacts, if any:

         No housing impacts would occur and no mitigation would be necessary.
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        10.    Aesthetics

        a.   What is the tallest height of any proposed structure(s), not including antennas; what is the principal exterior building material(s) proposed?

         The height of the six proposed lighting poles is approximately 70 feet tall.

        b. What views in the immediate vicinity would be altered or obstructed?

        Views of the existing track and field area on the site would generally remain similar to the existing conditions. Six, approximately 70-foot tall light poles would be provided on the site and would be visible from surrounding adjacent areas. No new buildings or other field improvements are associated with the project and views would remain generally similar to the current conditions.

        The City’s public view protection policies are intended to “protect public views of significant natural and human-made features:  Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the downtown skyline, and major bodies of water including Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union and the Ship Canal, from public places consisting of specified viewpoints, parks, scenic routes, and view corridors identified in Attachment 1” to the SEPA code[7]. No public view protection sites are located on or adjacent to the project site.

        View protection from City-designated Scenic Routes is also encouraged[8]; however, there are no designated Scenic Routes adjacent to the project site.

        The adjacent Franklin High School building is designated by the City of Seattle as a City Landmark and views of designated historic structures is also a consideration[9]. The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would not result in any modifications to the existing Franklin High School building and views of the building would remain generally unchanged. Views of Franklin High School from the west could include a portion of the field lighting poles that are included as part of the proposed project; however, these lighting poles would not obstruct views of the existing building and are not anticipated to significantly impact views of Franklin High School.

        There are no designated views of the Space Needle on or adjacent to the project site[10].

         c.   Proposed measures to reduce or control aesthetic impacts, if any:

        No significant impacts are anticipated with regard to aesthetic impacts and no measures are proposed.
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         11.    Light and Glare

        a.   What type of light or glare will the proposal produce?  What time of day would it mainly occur?

         Short-Term Light and Glare

        At times during the construction process, area lighting of the job site (to meet safety requirements) may be necessary, which would be noticeable proximate to the project site.  In general, however, light and glare from construction of the proposed project are not anticipated to adversely affect adjacent land uses.

         Long-Term Light and Glare

        The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would introduce new sources of light and glare on the project site, including pole-mounted field lighting and additional mobile sources of light associated with additional vehicles travelling to and from the vicinity of the field. The use of the field and associated lighting would comply with City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1, which allows for field lighting use until 10:00 PM.

        Six, approximately 70-foot tall lighting poles would be provided as a part of the project (three on the east side of the site, and three on the west). The poles on the east side of the project site would be located just outside of the track, spaced evenly along the length of the track with light fixtures oriented west. The poles on the west side of the site would be located in between the track and the field area, with light fixtures oriented both east (towards the field) and west (towards the track). Total Light Control (TLC) – LED – 1150 luminaires would be used, for a total of 46 light fixtures (Musco Lighting, 2017).

        The design of the lighting system would minimize the amount of light spillage from the site. By utilizing a pole height of 70-feet (compared to 30-foot poles that had been historically used for field lighting)), the amount of light spillage would be reduced by allowing the lights to be focused down toward the field and away from adjacent properties. The height also allows for increased effectiveness of the internal/external shielding on the lights to control the emitted light and prevent light from escaping beyond the site. In addition, “sky glow” would also be minimized through the use of 70-foot tall poles and internal/external shielding.

         

        The primary sources of glare from the proposed project would be from direct glare from the lights, as well as reflected glare off of the light poles, lights and surfaces around the field. Mounting the lights on 70-foot tall poles would reduce the amount of glare by creating steeper aiming angles and more effective use of the light shields. Residences that are immediately north/northeast of the site would have the potential for low to moderate levels of direct glare due to their proximity to the site; however, the potential for direct glare would be reduced due to the higher elevation of the residences when compared to the site.

         b.   Could light or glare from the finished project be a safety hazard or interfere with views?

        Light and glare associated with the proposed project would increase as part of the project when compared to the existing conditions, but the proposed lighting design is intended to minimize impacts from the field lighting system and associated glare. As a result, light and glare are not be expected to cause a safety hazard nor interfere with views.

         

        c.   What existing off-site sources of light or glare may affect your proposal?

        No off-site sources of light or glare are anticipated to affect the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project.

         

        d.   Proposed measures to reduce or control light and glare impacts, if any:

         The following measures would be implemented to minimize light and glare impacts from the proposed project:

        •  Light fixtures would be mounted on 70-foot tall poles to minimize light spillage and glare by allowing the fixtures to be focused more directly down to the field and away from offsite areas. The height of the poles would provide for greater effectiveness of internal/external shielding on the lights and allow the proposed lighting to meet the City of Seattle’s recommended guidelines for light spillage.
        •  Light fixtures would utilize a reflector and shielding design to reduce the amount of light emitted from the site and into the atmosphere. An additional external visor would be mounted onto the light that extends to the front of the light to further limit the amount of light that is emitted above the system.

        •  The proposed field lighting system would be connected to a fully programmable control system with remote operation to allow field lights to be turned off after play is completed and area lights would remain on for a short period of time to allow for ample light for safe egress from the site.

        •  The use of the field would comply with City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1, which allows for field lighting use until 10:00 PM for fields with residential uses on two or more sides that are not separated by arterial streets.
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         12.    Recreation

        a.   What designated and informal recreational opportunities are in the immediate vicinity?

         The Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site contains the existing track and football/soccer field that is utilized by the school for various athletic activities, including football practices, boys soccer practices, track and field practices, and unified soccer practices. However, due to daylight limitations and field availability, several existing school athletic activities are currently located at off-site field areas.

         There are several additional parks in the vicinity of the project site, including:

        •  Mount Baker Boulevard Park is located immediately east of the site;
        • Mount Baker Park is located approximately 0.4 miles to the northeast of the site;

        • Colman Park is located approximately 0.6 miles to the northeast of the site;

        • Lake Washington Boulevard Park is located approximately 0.6 miles to the northeast of the site;

        • Martin Luther King Memorial Park is located approximately 0.4 miles to the north;

        • Jefferson Park and Jefferson Park Golf Course are located approximately 0.4 miles to the southwest;

        • Lake People Park is located approximately 0.5 miles to the south; and,

        • York Playground is located approximately 0.3 miles to the southeast.

           

        b.   Would the proposed project displace any existing recreational uses?  If so, describe.

         The project would not displace any existing recreational uses. 

         c.   Proposed measures to reduce or control impacts on recreation, including recreation opportunities to be provided by the project or applicant, if any:

        No impacts would occur and no mitigation is necessary.
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         13.    Historic and Cultural Preservation

        a.   Are there any buildings, structures, or sites, located on or near the site that are over 45 years old listed in or eligible for listing in national, state, or local preservation registers located on or near the site? If so, specifically describe.

         

        The existing gymnasium building that is adjacent to the track and field area was constructed in 1959, but is not listed on any national, state, or local preservation registers.

         

        Designated City Landmarks in the immediate vicinity include Franklin High School, located immediately east of the project site at 3013 South Mount Baker Boulevard. The school was established in 1912 and became a City Landmark in 1986. No modifications to the existing Franklin High School building are included as part of the proposed project.

         

        Other City Landmarks in the vicinity of the project site include: the Kraus/Andersson House (approximately 0.4 miles to the east), the Mount Baker Presbyterian Church (approximately 0.4 miles to the east), Cheasty Boulevard South (approximately 0.5 miles to the southwest), and the Charles P Dose House (approximately 0.4 miles to the north).

         

        b.   Are there any landmarks, features, or other evidence of Indian or historic use or occupation? This may include human burials or old cemeteries. Are there any material evidence, artifacts, or areas of cultural importance on or near the site? Please list any professional studies conducted at the site to identify such resources.

         

        As noted above, the Franklin High School building was designated as a City Landmark in 1986. The proposed project does not include any modifications to the existing building.

         

        A cultural resources survey was completed for the project and included an analysis of the natural and cultural setting of the site, background research on the site and surrounding area (archival research about the natural history and human settlement of the area, identification of previous cultural resource assessments in the area, and identification of recorded archaeological sites and historic buildings in the area), and field investigations of the site (SWCA, 2017).

        Background research indicated that two archaeological sites have been previously recorded within a 1-mile radius of the site, including what appears to be a former landfill site approximately 0.1 miles to the west of the project site, and a former dump site approximately 0.3 miles to the southeast of the project site. Both of the previous archaeological sites contained historic debris scatters (SWCA, 2017). 

        Onsite investigations included a pedestrian survey of the entire project area and shovel probes within the proposed light pole locations. Since five of the six proposed light pole locations are located on areas that are currently covered with asphalt, only one shovel probe was completed in the northeast corner of the project area. The shovel probe was excavated to approximately one meter below the ground surface and into glacial sediments. No significant cultural material was identified on the surface during the pedestrian survey or during the excavation of subsurface shovel probes. Soil profiles from the shovel probe consisted of fill material that directly overlaid Pleistocene-age glacial material. As a result, it is anticipated that there is a very low potential for cultural resources to be found during construction activities for the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project and no further cultural resource investigations are recommended (SWCA, 2017). See Appendix D for further details on the cultural resource survey.

         

        c.   Describe the methods used to assess the potential impacts to cultural and historic resources on or near the project site. Examples include consultation with tribes and the department of archeology and historic preservation, archaeological surveys, historic maps, GIS data, etc.

        Potential impacts to historic resources on or near the site were evaluated by consulting the City of Seattle Landmarks map and the Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data (WISAARD).

         

        In addition, as noted previously, a cultural resources survey was completed for the project (Appendix D) and included a review of existing documentation on the natural, cultural and historic setting of the site and surrounding area; a review of previous studies that were conducted in the project area; and, surface and subsurface investigations on the site, including one subsurface shovel probe excavation within the proposed light pole locations.

         

        d.   Proposed measures to avoid, minimize, or compensate for loss, changes to, and disturbance to resources. Please include plans for the above and any permits that may be required.

        Although no impacts to historic or cultural resources are anticipated with the proposed project, the following measure would be implemented to minimize impacts from a potential inadvertent discovery of cultural resources:

        • Although archaeological resources are not anticipated on the site, it is possible that undiscovered pre-contact or historic cultural material is present within the project area. In the event of an inadvertent discovery, King County, the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and affected Tribes (including the Duwamish) would be contacted. If construction encounters any human remains, whether burials isolated teeth, bones or mortuary items, work in that area would be stopped immediately and the area secured surrounding the discovery. Local law enforcement, DAHP and affected Tribes (including the Duwamish) would be contacted and no further excavation would occur until a process has been agreed upon by those parties.
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         14.    Transportation

         A Transportation Technical Report (Heffron Transportation, Inc., 2017) has been prepared for the proposed project and the results of the report are summarized in this section. For further details on the Transportation Technical Report, please refer to Appendix E of this Checklist.

         

        a.   Identify public streets and highways serving the site or affected geographic area and describe the proposed access to the existing street system.  Show on site plans, if any.

         

        The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project site is bounded by Martin Luther King Jr. Way South/Rainier Avenue South to the west, South Mount Baker Boulevard to the south, and 30th Avenue South to the east. The following provides a brief description of the streets in the site vicinity.

         

        • Martin Luther King Jr Way South – This street is a Minor Arterial to the north of Rainier Avenue South and a Principal Arterial to the south. It provides two-way, north-south access between I-90 and I-5 and connects the Mount Baker, Columbia City and Rainier Valley neighborhoods. In the site vicinity there are two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. There are curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides, but parking is not allowed on either side of the street.

           

        • Rainier Avenue South – This street is a Principal Arterial that provides two-way, north-south access between I-90 and neighborhoods along the southwest shore of Lake Washington. In the vicinity of the site there are two travel lanes in each direction; north of South McClellan Street there is also a center turn lane. There are curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides, but parking is not allowed on either side of the street.

         

        • South Mount Baker Boulevard – This street is a Collector Arterial that provides two-way, east-west access between Rainier Avenue South and Lake Park Drive South. It is a boulevard with westbound and eastbound lanes separated by a wide, grassy median with intermittent pedestrian and roadway crossings. There are curbs, gutters and sidewalks. To the east of 30th Avenue South, parking is allowed on the median side of the street. Along some wider sections to the east of 33rd Avenue South, parking is allowed on both sides of the travel lane.

         

        • 30th Avenue South – This street is a north-south Local Access street with curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides. Parking is allowed on both sides of the street in the site vicinity.

           

        Access to the site would continue to be provided by Martin Luther King Jr Way South, Rainier Avenue South, South Mount Baker Boulevard and 30th Avenue South. It is anticipated that users of the field would use existing on-street parking adjacent to the site and in the surrounding area. An existing off-street parking lot that is owned by Seattle Public Schools is located at the intersection of South Byron Street and Wetmore Avenue South and would be available for use as well.

         

        b. Is site or affected geographic area currently served by public transit?  If not, what is the approximate distance to the nearest transit stop?

         

        The project site area is well-served by public transit, including bus service from King County Metro and Link light rail service from Sound Transit. In the vicinity of the site, Rainier Avenue South is designated as a Principal Transit Street north of South Mount Baker Boulevard and Major Transit Street to the south. Martin Luther King Jr Way South is designated as a Minor Transit Street north of South Mount Baker Boulevard and a Major Transit Street to the south. The Mount Baker Transit Center is located immediately west of the site and provides Metro bus service from Routes 7, 8, 9, 14, 48 and 106. These routes provide service to surrounding neighborhoods, including Downtown, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, the International District, Central Area, Skyway and Renton. Headways range from 8 to 30 minutes.

         

        The Mount Baker Link Light Rail Station is located directly west of the Mount Baker Transit Center (beyond Rainier Avenue South) and currently provides service to Angle Lake, SeaTac Airport, Rainier Beach, Columbia City, Mount Baker, Beacon Hill, Downtown, Capitol  Hill and the University of Washington. Headways range from 6 to 15 minutes (see Appendix E for further details on transit).

         

        c.   How many additional parking spaces would the completed project have?  How many would the project or proposal eliminate?

         

        The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would not add or eliminate any parking spaces. Existing on-street parking supply and demand counts were conducted in May and June of 2017 for streets in the vicinity of the project site (within an 800-foot walking distance from school site corners). Unused street parking currently accommodates demand from individual activities on the field and would be anticipated to continue to accommodate additional use of the field that would occur with the proposed project (primarily from October until early March). See Appendix E for further details on parking.

         

        d.   Will the proposal require any new or improvements to existing roads, streets, pedestrian, bicycle or state transportation facilities, not including driveways?  If so, generally describe (indicate whether public or private).

         

        The project would not require any new street or related facilities, or significant improvements to existing facilities.

         

        e.   Will the project or proposal use (or occur in the immediate vicinity of) water, rail, or air transportation? If so, generally describe.

         

        The project/proposal would not use water or air transportation. Sound Transit’s Mount Baker Light Rail Station is located to the west of the project site (beyond Rainier Avenue South). It is likely that some of the new trips generated as a result of the Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would occur by light rail and that number is likely to include students and family members that already commute to and from the site by light rail. Most of the new light rail trips generated as a result of the field lighting project are expected to occur outside of the peak commute hours and are not expected to adversely affect light rail service or facilities in the area. See Appendix E for further details on light rail use.

         

        f.    How many vehicular trips per day would be generated by the completed project or proposal? If known, indicate when peak volumes would occur and what percentage of the volume would be trucks (such as commercial and nonpassenger vehicles). What data or transportation models were used to make these estimates?

         

        The Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project is anticipated to generate approximately 200 to 250 additional vehicle trips per day for part of the year (primarily from October until early March). Peak volumes (estimated at approximately 85 trips per hour) associated with the field lighting could occur in the PM peak hour as a high school athletic practice or game is ending (up to approximately 55 outbound trips) and the participants and spectators for a recreational game arrive (approximately 25 inbound trips and 5 outbound trips). It is anticipated that the proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project would not result in significant adverse impacts to traffic operations in the site vicinity (see Appendix E for further details on trip generation and traffic operations).

                                                

        g.   Will the proposal interfere with, affect or be affected by the movement of agricultural and forest products on roads or streets in the area? If so, generally describe.

         

        The project would not interfere or be affected by the movement of agricultural and forest products on the roadway network near the site area.

         

        h.   Proposed measures to reduce or control transportation impacts, if any.

         

              The proposed Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting Project is not anticipated to result in significant adverse impacts to traffic or parking in the site vicinity. However, the following measures would help to manage parking at the field site and in the site vicinity.

         

        • Seattle Public Schools could examine options to make the District-owned parking lot located at the corner of South Byron Street/Wetmore Avenue South more desirable for use during evenings when large events are scheduled at the same time as evening field use.

           

        • The athletic field-use schedule could be adjusted to avoid use during evenings with large events at the school or its gymnasium.
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         15.    Public Services

        a.   Would the project result in an increased need for public services (for example:  fire protection, police protection, health care, schools, other)?  If so, generally describe.

         

        While the completed project would result in increased use of the playfield which could result in some injuries due to athletic activities and uses, it is not anticipated to generate a significant increase in the need for public services. To the extent that emergency service providers have planned for gradual increases in service demands, no significant impacts are anticipated.

         

        1. Proposed measures to reduce or control direct impacts on public services, if any.

         

        The potential increase in people using the athletic field may result in incrementally greater demand for emergency services; however, it is anticipated that adequate service capacity is available within the Mount Baker area to preclude the need for additional public facilities/services.
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         16.    Utilities

        a.   Circle utilities currently available at the site:  electricity, natural gas, water, refuse service, telephone, sanitary sewer, septic system, other.

         

        All utilities are currently available at the site.

         

        b. Describe the utilities that are proposed for the project, the utility providing the service, and the general construction activities on the site or in immediate vicinity that might be needed.

         

        Utilities and providers (in parentheses) proposed for the project would include the following:

         

        • Electrical (Seattle City Light) – for the proposed field lighting system and associated pad mount transformer.

         

        REFERENCES

        Associated Earth Sciences, Inc. Subsurface Exploration and Geotechnical Engineering Report for Franklin High School Athletic Field Lighting. March 10, 2017.

        City of Seattle. City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan. Accessed July 2017.

        City of Seattle. City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Landmarks Website and Map: https://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/historic-preservation/landmarks. Accessed July2017.

        City of Seattle. City of Seattle GIS website: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/maps/dpdgis.aspx. Accessed July 2017.

        City of Seattle. City of Seattle Municipal Code. Accessed July 2017.

        City of Seattle. Ordinance No. 97025. August 26, 1958.

        City of Seattle. Ordinance No. 114057. July 11, 1988.

        City of Seattle. Sand Point Magnuson Park Drainage, Wetland/Habitat Complex and Sports Fields/Courts Project EIS. 2002.

        City of Seattle. Seattle Views: An Inventory of 86 Public View Sites Protected under SEPA. May 2002.

        Heffron Transportation, Inc. Transportation Technical Report for Athletic Field Lighting at Franklin High School. September 26, 2017.

        Musco Lighting. Franklin High School Lighting System Design and Summary. January 5, 2017.

        Seattle School District and Seattle Parks and Recreation. 2016-2019 Agreement for the Joint Use of Facilities between the Seattle School District No. 1 and Seattle Parks and Recreation. 2016.

        SWCA Environmental Consultants. Cultural Resources Survey for the Franklin High School Athletic Field. August 17, 2017.

        Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data. Accessed July 2017.



        [1] Per City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department Policy #060-P7.1.1, athletic fields that have residential uses abutting two or more sides and are not separated by an arterial street would have a 10:00 PM shut-off time for field lighting.

        [2]      Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) GIS Map. http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/maps/dpdgis.aspx.

        [3] U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. IPaC. https://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/location/index. Accessed May 2017.

        [4] L25 represents the average sound level measured over 25 percent of every hour (15 minutes)

        [5] Lmax represents the maximum sound level measured during a period of observation (typically one hour).

        [6] Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. Urban Village Element.

        [7] Seattle Municipal Code Chap. 25.05.675 P.2.a.i. and the accompanying Seattle Views: An Inventory of 86 Public View Sites Protected under SEPA (May 2002) document.

        [8] Ord. #97025 (Scenic Routes Identified by the Seattle Engineering Department’s Traffic Division) and Ord. #114057 (Seattle Mayor’s Recommended Open Space Policies).

        [9] Seattle Municipal Code Chapter 25.05.675 P.2.b.i.

        [10] Seattle Municipal Code Chap. 25.05.675 P. and Seattle DCLU, 2001