Public Notice - Wetland Use Permit Application

The City of East Lansing has received an application for a Wetland Use Permit under authority of Chapter 49, Wetland Protection, of the East Lansing City Code from applicant, Wendy Wilmers Longpre, on behalf of the City of East Lansing Parks and Recreation Department, 410 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823, for improvements to the Northern Tier Trail System.

A 4.8-mile-long off-road trail network in the City of East Lansing, the Northern Tier trail is a 10’ wide asphalt pathway that connects 10 City parks and recreation facilities.  It used extensively year-round and serves as a resource for recreation and non-motorized transportation. This Bridges project increases the connectivity of the trail to adjacent neighborhoods.

More specifically, the applicant is requesting a Wetland Use Permit from the City for wetland impacts totaling 0.04 acres in total for the following activities:  

  • Colorado Drive Bridge: An aluminum arch culvert will span 44’ of the Taylor Drain to connect the Bessaumar neighborhood to the Northern Tier Trail System to the north. Use of a pre-constructed box culvert will minimize time and work within the drain; silt fence, inlet protecting fabric drops, and temporary in-drain measures will be used.
  • Riveria Drive Bridge: A 60’ clear span, prefabricated pedestrian bridge will span the Sanderson drain between 1954 and 1946 Riveria Drive and will connect the Tamarisk neighborhood to the Northern Tier Trail to the east. Only foundation construction and bridge installation will be necessary at the site and silt fence, inlet protecting fabric drops, and temporary in-drain measures will be used.
The proposed project is also regulated under Part 303, Wetlands Protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.  The applicant has also submitted a wetland use permit application to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

All persons wishing to make comments shall furnish their written comments to Catherine DeShambo, Environmental Services Administrator, City of East Lansing, 410 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI, 48823, within eight days after the date of this notice.

Copies of the Wetland Use Permit Application materials, the report and recommendation of the City Wetland Consultant can be found below:

The City will approve, approve with conditions or deny the application within 90 days after receipt.