Environmental Assessment -A Required First Step
Federal jurisdiction of the summit requires that, before design and construction of a new Summit Complex could move ahead, an Environmental Assessment (EA) had to take place to consider and disclose any potential environmental effects. The EA process involved soliciting comments from Federal, State and local agencies, and other individuals or organizations interested in or affected by the implementation of the proposed project.
The Pikes Peak Summit Complex Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared under the direction of the United States Forest Service, Pikes Peak Ranger District as the federal lead agency by the environmental planning team of EDM International, Logan Simpson, and SLR under the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
NEPA is a procedural act followed to ensure that environmental information is available to the public and to public officials, and that input is sought before decisions are made and action is taken. Public involvement through a scoping process is a requirement of the environmental review process.
The EA evaluated a reasonable range of alternatives and analyze the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the project. While the EA is a required, but separate, first step in the overall process of designing and constructing a new Summit Complex, the two processes dovetail with public input informing both efforts.
The project was cleared to break ground after receiving a “Finding of No Significant Impact” on May 3, 2018 following the environmental assessment issued by the U.S. Forest Service.