Sycamore Glenn/Mountain Vista Development

Chico, California

Sycamore Glen/Mountain Vista is two adjacent residential development projects in Chico, California. This project includes 118 acres of single-family residential land uses and 56 acres of open space land deeded to the City and preserved in perpetuity. Foothill Associates prepared a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Individual Permit and alternatives analysis as required by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Water Quality Certification pursuant to CWA Section 401; and a Streambed Alteration Agreement pursuant to the California Department of Fish and Game Code Section 1600. Biologists prepared a Biological Assessment pursuant to Section 7 of the Federal Endangered Species Act for consultation by the Corps with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for vernal pool fairy shrimp and vernal pool tadpole shrimp.


Foothill Associates prepared a Wetland Mitigation Plan pursuant to the Corps permit which describes the design, implementation, and monitoring of wetland restoration and creation to mitigate for unavoidable impacts to aquatic habitat caused by project development.  The plan includes restoration of vernal pools and upland/ riparian habitat and creation of upland grassland habitat. Foothill Associates landscape architects developed construction documents and specifications for various restoration treatments for degraded vernal pools and disturbed and compacted upland areas, and construction of new vernal pool habitat and a detention basin.


As a special condition of the Corps permit and Section 7 Biological Opinion, an Operations and Management Plan was required to serve as a long-term management plan to ensure that preserved or restored wetlands are maintained, as well as recordation of a Conservation Easement protecting them from further development.