Categorical Exclusions

​​​​To further transparency and openness in its implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, the Presidio Trust documents its Categorical Exclusion (CE) determinations involving the categories of actions identified in Section 1010.7 of the Trust’s NEPA regulations. The CE database may be searched by planning district, project type, CE applied, or the year initiated.​​ The database is updated approximately monthly. For additional information on the Trust’s NEPA compliance program, email N2@presidiotrust.gov.
 
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Project Description
Project Number18-029
Project NameSwords to Ploughshares (Buildings 1029 & 1030) Lease Renewal and Tenant Improvements
Planning DistrictLetterman
Project TypeRehabilitation/TI
CE AppliedRehabilitation or improvement of non-historic properties
CE Date4/26/2018
Project Description
Swords to Ploughshares (tenant since 2000), a veterans rights organization, leases two separate buildings 1029 and 1030 (Veterans Academy) through a HUD-supported program as a residence for 109 veterans (and staff), along with ancillary educational, social services, physical training, food preparation, dining facilities, and related functions for residents. The tenant wishes to renew its lease and make improvements necessary to make the non-historic (1989) former Letterman dormitory buildings more suitable for their intended use as permanent supportive housing. The work will include: constructing new elevator tower additions and associated one-story elevator machine room additions for each of the buildings; replacing boilers and water heaters; insulating pipes; upgrading the existing site security system; providing new exterior lighting and directional signs; replacing the entrance door operating mechanisms for ADA compliance; replacing the existing telephone system; replacing all existing windows and installing window screens; touching up exterior paint where needed; repairing efflorescence at exterior masonry walls; replacing damaged suspended acoustic ceiling tiles; installing new flooring and wall finishes in common room lounges; replacing common kitchen flooring; and upgrading residential unit fixtures and finishes including carpet, paint and appliances.
 
Project Number18-027
Project NameMoraga-Arguello & Moraga-Funston Intersection Improvements
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeTransportation/Parking
CE AppliedRepair of roads and parking facilities
CE Date4/25/2018
Project Description
Geometric modifications to both intersections along these historic roadways are needed for pedestrian safety and ease of movement in the Main Post. Motorist visibility of pedestrians will be improved by shortening pedestrian crossing distances and defining crossing locations. At the Moraga-Arguello intersection, the channelized right turn movement from the northbound approach will be eliminated and the approach will be reconfigured to provide a through-left lane and right turn pocket. The southeast corner will include a right turn apron to slow turning traffic. At the Moraga-Funston intersection, the curb on the inside of the curve will be extended to provide adequate stopping sight distance for formalized crossings of both Funston Avenue and Moraga Avenue. Curb ramps will be added at five locations. One parallel parking space on Funston Avenue will be eliminated to improve sight distance. The project also includes some minor modifications to landscaping, including a rain garden, and replacement of about 200 feet of water main within the limits of the paving on both Arguello and Moraga.
 
Project Number18-028
Project NamePowder Magazine/Sheridan Sidewalk Improvements
Planning DistrictMain Post
Project TypeTransportation/Parking
CE AppliedTrail development, relocation, or maintenance
CE Date4/18/2018
Project Description
This project will construct a new approximately 100-foot section of fully accessible sidewalk to connect Sheridan Avenue to Graham Street near building 95, the historic Powder Magazine. The curb on the east side of Anza Avenue that defined the landscape adjacent to the Main Post flagpole (relocated to Pershing Square in the 1950s) will be reconstructed in its historic alignment. The sidewalk on the west side of Anza and along Sheridan will differ slightly from the historic alignment to limit the length of the crosswalk spanning the north end of Anza at its intersection with Sheridan.
 
Project Number18-026
Project NameParking Fee Policy
Planning DistrictPresidio-wide
Project TypeTransportation/Parking
CE AppliedAdoption or revision of policies, directives, regulations, and guidelines
CE Date3/30/2018
Project Description
The Trust’s transportation system prioritizes safe and sustainable modes for park users. Effective management of parking by way of assessing fees is a critical element of the Trust’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program. By accommodating vehicles, but regulating and charging for parking, this strategy enhances the park user experience by minimizing vehicle trips generated by park uses, minimizing the Presidio’s carbon footprint, reducing the amount of park area devoted to parking spaces, and generating revenue to fund ongoing operation and maintenance of the Presidio’s transportation infrastructure, including roads, trails, parking lots, sidewalks, and transit system. The Trust regulates and charges for parking in balance with providing access for visitors of all ages and abilities, and meeting the transportation needs of our residential and commercial tenants. A Parking Management Plan was developed in 2001 and the Trust began implementation of parking management in residential areas of Area B in 2003 and non-residential areas of Area B in 2005. This policy establishes standards for setting and adjusting parking fees.
 
Project Number18-025
Project NameTourney Avenue and O’Reilly Avenue Pedestrian Improvements
Planning DistrictLetterman
Project TypeTransportation/Parking
CE AppliedTrail development, relocation, or maintenance
CE Date3/23/2018
Project Description
This project will replace deteriorated sidewalks, improve accessibility, and formalize a pedestrian connection between the Tides Thoreau Center and the Letterman Digital Arts Center. The work includes replacing 500 linear feet of existing concrete sidewalk, constructing 150 linear feet of new concrete sidewalk, and accessible ramps, pavement markings, landscaping and irrigation associated with the modifications. Sidewalk replacement will take place along the northern side of Tourney Avenue between the building 1014 crosswalk to the east and O’Reilly Avenue to the west, and along the western side between Tourney Avenue to the south and building 1001 to the north. The new sidewalk will be constructed between buildings 1000 and 1001.
 
Project Number18-022
Project Name Lovers' Lane Raised Crosswalk
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeTransportation/Parking
CE AppliedRepair of roads and parking facilities
CE Date3/22/2018
Project Description
Minor alterations to the Lovers’ Lane/MacArthur Avenue/Sumner Street intersection will be made in order to increase pedestrian safety and address drainage issues that result in water pooling/overflowing onto adjacent trails and sidewalks. A new raised crosswalk/speed table will be constructed for the Lovers’ Lane crossing at MacArthur Avenue, and approximately 40 feet of paving on Lovers’ Lane south of MacArthur will be replaced. The work includes pavement removal, modifications to the existing storm drain system, removal of degraded paving associated with an unnamed service alley, and a new swale, curb line and drain inlet installed along the south edge of Sumner to channel water.  New pedestrian safety signs and an updated public informational wayside sign highlighting the history of the area near the intersection of Lovers' Lane and MacArthur Avenue will be installed.
 
Project Number18-023
Project NameMountain Lake Turtle Undercrossing
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedTrail development, relocation, or maintenance
CE Date3/22/2018
Project Description
Western Pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) were reintroduced to Mountain Lake in the Fall of 2015. This project will create a safe and presumably inviting passageway for the maturing turtles to move between Mountain Lake and the upland area of the East Arm where there are suitable nesting grounds. The structure will cross under the busy multi-use Mountain Lake Trail along the West Pacific Avenue alignment. The undercrossing will be almost directly above the existing East Arm culvert just below the trail surface and be visible beneath steel grates suitable for use on a multi-use trail and designed to support heavy truck loads. The structure is composed of four modified pre-cast concrete catchbasin units that will be aligned end to end creating a linear passage under the existing roadway. Short sections of low wood retaining walls will make the connection to the existing side slopes of the earthen structure. Two metal guardrails will span the structure on both sides and will be connected with fencing running on both sides of the trail. The undercrossing is also expected to be used by a number of other native animal species including salamanders and Pacific chorus frogs.
 
Project Number18-020
Project NameFort Scott Parade Ground Pilot Project
Planning DistrictFort Scott
Project TypeLandscaping/Site Work
CE AppliedLandscaping and landscape maintenance
CE Date3/20/2018
Project Description
In light of the renewed interest in the Fort Scott campus, there is a desire to create a uniform and consistent appearance of its parade ground, within the guidelines for the rehabilitation of a historic landscape. Currently, the parade ground consists of many species of annual and perennial grasses and forbs (herbaceous flowering plants other than a grass) dominated by Kikuyu grass, purple velvet grass and wild oat. The parade ground is unirrigated and browns out in the summer months. Several tall weed species contribute to a neglected appearance, despite mowing several times a year. This pilot project is intended to reduce undesirable vegetation while increasing and introducing short-statured, drought-resistant forbs and grasses that will require less maintenance and little water. Three 100 by 100-foot experimental blocks will be established in areas dominated by exotic/invasive grasses. Plots within the blocks will test different weed removal and plant establishment treatments. All plots will initially receive periodic irrigation and a mixture of seed and small plugs of grasses and forbs will be tested. In addition, some additional irrigation test plots will evaluate the minimum frequency and amount of irrigation that would be needed to keep the parade ground green into the dry season. The results of the pilot project are expected to provide valuable information to guide future implementation actions.
 
Project Number18-019
Project NamePlacement of Informational Signs on Barnard Avenue
Planning DistrictEast Housing
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date3/19/2018
Project Description
The Trust uses signs as a frequent method of providing information to park visitors. Two signs will be placed at the west end of Barnard Avenue near the Ecology Trail to address several recurring problems in the area, including dumping outside the provided trash bin, and pets off leash/pet refuse not being picked up. The signs will also advise professionals walking more than three dogs to obtain a commercial dog walking special use permits issued by the National Park Service. The signs are intended to ensure the public's convenience and safety, and protect the area’s natural features in accordance with Trust regulations.
 
Project Number18-021
Project NamePhytophthora Awareness Sign and Shoe Cleaning Station
Planning DistrictSouth Hills
Project TypeMiscellaneous
CE AppliedInstallation of signs, displays, and kiosks
CE Date3/19/2018
Project Description
The plant pathogen Phytophthora (Greek for plant killer) is a microorganism that travels from site to site through contaminated soil carried on our shoes. More than a dozen Phytophthora species have already been found in the Presidio. The Trust wishes to educate trail users about the plant pathogen and the damage it has done to native plants. A Phytophthora awareness sign and shoe cleaning station will be installed trailside at the Arguello entrance trailhead, which receives a high volume of foot traffic and is in close proximity to Phytophthora detections. The sign will make trail users aware of the relevancy of this topic to the Presidio and other ecosystems and request trail users to use the shoe cleaning station provided.
 
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