Navy Announces Decision on NWS Earle Laurelwood Housing

Story Number: NNS090522-29Release Date: 5/22/2009 4:39:00 PM
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From Navy Office of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities, Howard Snow, signed a Record of Decision for the Laurelwood Housing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) May 22.

The Navy's decision is to implement the preferred alternative, Alternative 4, which is to provide unimpeded access to the Laurelwood housing area located at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey, as required by its agreement with the developer of the Laurelwood housing area.

Unimpeded access will be accomplished through implementing Alternative Alignment 4, described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) as the preferred alternative, which will access NWS Earle via a new entrance south of the main gate along New Jersey Route 34 and terminate at the Laurelwood housing area. This decision enables the Navy to issue an easement to the Laurelwood developer and thereby satisfy its contractual obligation to provide unimpeded access. The Navy will continue to work collaboratively with the developer and the NJ DEP and DOT towards the construction of the access road and installation of perimeter fencing.

Of the four alternatives considered in the EIS, alternative Alignment 4 allows existing military housing areas and other Navy facilities to remain within the secure fence line of the installation while also providing unimpeded access for civilians to the Laurelwood housing area. Alternative Alignment 4 would also result in the least amount of permanent impact to wetlands and wetland transition areas. Additionally, this alignment does not impact architectural or archaeological resources.

The EIS examined potential environmental consequences of implementing the proposed action. It assessed four alternatives for providing unimpeded access and a "no action" alternative. The EIS evaluated resources in the area that may be affected by the proposed action, such as air and water quality, biological resources (such threatened and endangered species), land use, cultural resources, and socioeconomics.

The complete text of the ROD is available on the public web site: along with the complete FEIS and accompanying documentation. Single copies of the ROD will be made available upon request by contacting Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic, Attn: Laurelwood Housing Area EIS Project Manager, Code EV-21 KGB, 6506 Hampton Boulevard, Lafayette River Annex Building A, Norfolk, Virginia 23508.

For more information related to this release, contact Navy Public Affairs at 703-697-5342.

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