What’s Being Planned? The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) for a State Route-27 (SR-27) Slope Stabilization Project, approximately from postmile 1.0 to approximately postmile 1.13, in lower Topanga Canyon between the City of Malibu and the Community of Topanga, within Topanga State Park. The goal is to stabilize the slope above to prevent rocks from falling onto the roadway, blocking the road, and potentially injuring motorists. Caltrans is the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The existing environment and impacts to the existing environment are factors in the decision-making process during the selection of the preferred alternative.

Various environmental resources and facilities are known to occur within the limits of the study area. Additional information is also available at www.sr27topangacanyon.com.

Why This Notice? The purpose of this notice is: (1) to serve as the Notice of Preparation to potential Responsible Agencies, agencies involved in funding or approving the project, and Trustee Agencies responsible for natural resources aected by the project, pursuant to Section 15082 of the CEQA Guidelines; and (2) to advise and solicit comments and suggestions regarding the forthcoming preparation of the EIR, environmental issues to be addressed in the EIR, and any related issues, from interested parties in addition to those noted above, including interested or aected members of the public. Caltrans requests that any potential Responsible or Trustee Agency responding to this notice do so in a manner consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15082(b).

How to Get Involved. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a public scoping meeting/webinar will be held live on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom to provide an overview of the project, summary of the environmental process, and receive input regarding the environmental issues and the suggested scope and content of the EIR. This meeting/webinar will include the required agency and public scoping. Make sure to save the date by registering today!

Registration link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N-1P71zwTHKQqQsc8MMtlw

Webinarlink: https://tinyurl.com/SR27ScopingMeetingRegistration

Webinar ID: 843 5517 0114

Passcode: 5851

Phone: +1 669 900 6833

Due to the time limits mandated by State law, your comments must be sent at the earliest possible date, but not later than January 31st, 2022. Please send any comments to Mr. Ron Kosinski, Deputy District Director, Division of Environmental Planning via e-mail at ron.kosinski@dot.ca.gov.

Special Accommodations: Individuals who require special accommodation (American Sign Language interpreter, documentation in alternate formats, etc.) are requested to contact Caltrans District 7 at (213) 326-1092 at least 14 days prior to the scheduled scoping meeting/webinar. TDD users may contact the California Relay Service TTY line at 711.

Contact: If you have questions, please contact Ed Aguilar with the Caltrans Division of Environmental Planning via email at eduardo.aguilar@dot.ca.gov.