Judge Upholds Ascension Heights Residential Subdivision EIR
January 25, 2017

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the Ascension Heights Subdivision Project Environmental Impact Report in February of 2016. AES prepared the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on behalf of the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department. A neighborhood association filed a lawsuit against the County challenging the approval under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). After a court trial held in December of 2016, the judge ruled in favor of the County finding that the environmental review within the EIR prepared by AES was adequate and the CEQA arguments by the neighborhood association were unfounded.

The Ascension Heights Subdivision Project consists of the subdivision of 13.3 acres into 21 lots for the development of 19 single-family residences with the remaining 2 lots maintained as a conservation area. The project site is located within the unincorporated community of San Mateo Highlands within San Mateo County, at the northeast corner of Bel Aire Road and Ascension Drive, east of Interstate 280 and northwest of State Route 92. Key issues addressed by AES within the EIR included a health risk assessment concerning air quality emissions during construction, as well as impacts associated with traffic, water quality, noise, grading and drainage, and aesthetics.

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