Environmental Impact Evaluations
Environmental assessment is required where the complexity and scale of a proposed project, technology, resource allocation, or siting considerations create uncertainty about the exact nature of environmental effects or result in a potential for significant adverse environmental effects.
South Campus Development
*NEW*Notice of Scoping for the University of Connecticut South Campus Development
The South Campus Development scoping notice replaces the November 2014 Honors Residence Hall Scoping Notice
Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield
Address of Possible Project Location:The area approximately bounded by Bolton Rd, Coventry Rd, Mansfield Rd, and Whitney Rd on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut
Project Description: This scoping notice encompasses multiple University of Connecticut (UCONN) projects, including the Honors Residence Hall for which a Scoping Notice was published in the November 18, 2014 Environmental Monitor.
UCONN proposes to undertake several projects in the area of the Storrs Campus known as South Campus. The projects are in close proximity, being located in the area approximately bounded by Bolton Road to the south, Coventry Road to the east, Mansfield Road to the east and north, and Whitney Road to the west. The earliest these projects are planned to start is during the fall of 2015 and all are expected to be complete prior to the fall of 2017. As these projects have a common setting and construction schedule, UCONN will address Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) requirements for these projects by grouping them into a single Proposed Action known as the South Campus Development (SCD). The SCD will consist of the following elements, all of which are consistent with the on-going campus master planning process:
The new building construction (Honors and Fine Arts) will tie into central utilities and will be designed to achieve a minimum Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver designation. The conversion of Gilbert and Coventry Roads and Maple Lane will further strengthen the pedestrian core of the campus. All elements of the SCD are within the portion of the Fenton River watershed that drains to Mirror Lake and are in areas of existing development.
In addition to addressing potential impacts associated with the SCD projects, secondary and cumulative impacts resulting from projects constructed in 2013-2015, as well as projects that will foreseeably be constructed during 2015-2017 will be addressed in the SCD CEPA process (see figure). Projects constructed in 2013 that met or exceeded the thresholds within the Generic Environmental Classification Document have followed the CEPA process and are documented at http://www.envpolicy.uconn.edu/eiearchivedCEPA-NEPAreviews.html.
Written comments: from the public are welcomed and will be accepted through March 19, 2015. Comments previously received during the Honors Residence Hall’s scoping period will also be considered as comments received on the SCD proposed action.
Honor's Residence Hall Scoping Comments:
There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:
Written comments should be sent to:
If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Ferri as directed above.
Regulatory and Public Comments
Municipality where proposed project might be located: West Hartford
Address of Possible Project Location: 85 Lawler Road, 1345 Trout Brook Drive, and 1796-1800 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT
Project Description: The Greater Hartford campus is currently situated on 58 acres and includes the Harleigh B. Tracker Library; the Information Technology Center building; the School of Social Work building; the Undergraduate building; and a Facilities Operations building. The campus also includes surface parking for 1,050 vehicles and intramural playing fields. It currently serves approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 1,520 full- and part-time graduate students. In addition, there are approximately 410 faculty and other affiliated or non-affiliated staff utilizing the facilities.
The operations of UConn’s Greater Hartford campus are moving to the City of Hartford at a site anchored by the former Hartford Times building. Final agreements to authorize the move were signed on June 3, 2014, and construction will start in late 2015 or early 2016. Classes are expected to begin as early as fall 2017.
Possible disposition for the current Greater Hartford (i.e., West Hartford) campus might include, but not be limited to, the following or any combination thereof:
Considerations include, but are not limited to, the socio-economic linkages with the nearby Bishop's Corner neighborhood and the entire Town of West Hartford; consistency with the local, regional, and state plans of conservation and development; future use and disposal of hazardous materials; campus areas within the floodplain/floodway of Trout Brook; and wetlands.
Note: The University received written confirmation from CT Office of Policy and Management that an Environmental Impact Evaluation is not required for the redevelopment of the abandoned Hartford Times office building for educational use (Letter).
The comment period on this evaluation has closed.
If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact: