[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 241 (Thursday, December 16, 1999)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70284-70285]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-32661]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

National Park Service


Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House, Final 
Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

ACTION: Availability of final comprehensive design plan for the White 
House and final environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, the National Park Service (NPS) announces the 
availability of a Final Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House 
and President's Park and Final Environmental Impact Statement (CDP-
FEIS).

DATES: A 30-day no-action period will follow the Environmental 
Protection Agency's notice of availability of the CDP-FEIS.

ADDRESSES: Single copies of the 516-page CDP-FEIS may be obtained by 
writing: Final Plan/FEIS, Office of White House Liaison, National Park 
Service, 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC, 20242.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CDP-FEIS addresses the future management 
and use of the buildings, grounds and cultural resources of the White 
House and President's Park. The goal is to better serve the presidency 
and the people, while protecting the historic character of this 
national treasure. The CDP-FEIS proposes actions to meet needs in the 
areas of: support services for the home and office of the president, 
visitor use and services, cultural and natural resource protection, 
transportation, site character, official functions and special events. 
The CDP-FEIS contains the description and assessment of the proposed 
plan and four other alternatives considered, including the required no-
change alternative.
    Impacts are analyzed on the following topics: cultural resources, 
natural resources, home and office of the president, the visitor 
experience, special events, transportation, the socioeconomic 
environment, and site management and operations.
    The NPS is the lead-planning agency and has responsibility for 
developing the plan in conjunction with other agencies. Congressionally 
chartered agencies with stewardship or oversight responsibilities at 
the site serve on an NPS-led Executive Committee. Serving on the 
committee are: Executive Office of the President, Executive Residence, 
White House Military Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. 
Secret Service, General Services Administration, District of Columbia, 
Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission, Advisory 
Council on Historic Preservation and until 1995 the Pennsylvania Avenue 
Development Corporation.
    The planning process to develop the Final Comprehensive Design Plan 
for the White House and President's Park began in 1992 with data 
collection. Issue identification took place in 1993 through 27 
workshops involving some 70 agencies and organizations. Visitor 
opinions were obtained through surveys and through a 4-day public 
involvement exhibit held on the Ellipse in the spring of 1993. Desired 
futures were developed in workshops during the fall of 1993.
    Interpretative themes were developed in March 1994. Working group 
meetings on the news media space occurred between March 1995 and 
January 1996. Alternatives were released for public review in the 
spring of 1995. A draft plan and draft environmental impact statement 
was reviewed by the public for 90 days between December 3, 1998 and 
March 11, 1999.


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact the Director, White House 
Liaison, National Park Service, 1100 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, DC 
20242; Telephone: (202) 619-6344.

    Dated: December 10, 1999.
Terry R. Carlstrom,
Regional Director, National Capital Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 99-32661 Filed 12-15-99; 8:45 am]
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