STATE OF CALIFORNIA
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

ExteNet Systems (California), LLC State Route 35
Distributed Antenna System Project

ExteNet Systems (California), LLC
Application No. A.10-06-004
 

Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) website for the environmental review of the ExteNet Systems (California), LLC (ExteNet) proposed State Route 35 (SR 35) Distributed Antenna System (DAS) Project. This proposed Project includes installation of fiber optic cable and related node facilities (collectively known as a DAS) along a portion of SR 35.

The objectives of the proposed Project are to provide improved telephone and internet services along the SR 35 corridor in San Mateo County, California. The Project is also designed to provide enhanced public safety by providing wireless communication coverage for emergency services and 9-1-1 traffic.

The proposed Project is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the CPUC is the CEQA Lead Agency. A CEQA review will be performed to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with this Project. This website provides access to public documents and information relevant to the CEQA environmental review process.


Project Description

The Project includes installation of fiber optic cable and related node facilities along a portion of SR 35. Construction would involve installing 17 new wooden utility poles, approximately 12.5 miles of overhead cable, approximately 1,100 feet of underground cable, and related antenna and node facilities. The project would be constructed in four phases over a period of approximately 11 weeks.

The telecommunications line and antennas would provide telephone and internet services along the SR 35 corridor in San Mateo County, California.


Environmental Review

PG&Eís Application and PEA were deemed complete by the CPUC on September 3, 2010. The CPUC determined that an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) will be the appropriate CEQA document to evaluate potential environmental issues associated with this project.

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

On September 2, 2011, the CPUC released a Notice of Intent to Adopt a MND for the State Route 35 Distributed Antenna System Project. The Draft IS/MND demonstrates the proposed project, as mitigated, would not have any significant effects on the environment.

The Draft IS/MND can be viewed here (16 MB).

Hardcopies of the Draft IS/MND are available at the following location:

Woodside Public Library
3140 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062

Public Review Period

The Draft IS/MND underwent a public review period from September 2, 2011, through October 3, 2011. 

Response to Comments on the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration 

Comments on the Draft IS/MND were submitted to the CPUC during the public review period ending on October 3, 2011. The CPUCís responses to the comments received are presented in a memorandum dated December 22, 2011. The conclusions of the Draft IS/MND remain unchanged in the response to comments memorandum; the proposed project would not have a significant effect on the environment.

The response to comments memorandum can be viewed here (1.3 MB).

CPUC Actions After Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) Publication and Review Period

The CPUC evaluated and adopted the Final IS/MND on October 11, 2011 as being compliant with CEQA. The CPUC issued a Proposed Decision on the Application, and a Notice of Determination was mailed to the State Clearinghouse on March 7, 2012. The 30-day statute of limitations for court challenges begins after the Notice of Determination is filed.

There is no comment period following issuance of the response to comments memorandum.

Mitigation Monitoring

Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance and Reporting Plan

A Mitigation Monitoring, Compliance, and Reporting Plan (MMCRP) was prepared to ensure compliance with applicant proposed measures (APMs) and mitigation measures approved in the Draft IS/MND. This MMCRP was developed to provide guidelines and standardize procedures for environmental compliance during project implementation. The procedures were developed in coordination with ExteNet and CPUC and define the reporting relationships, the roles and responsibilities of the projectís environmental compliance team members, compliance reporting procedures, and the communication protocol.

The MMCRP can be viewed here (1 MB).

Notice to Proceed #1

The CPUC issued an approval for ExteNet's Notice to Proceed (NTP) request #1 on April 20, 2012. The approval letter for NTP #1 can be viewed here (1 MB). 

NTP #1 authorizes ExteNet to perform all construction activities related to the approved project.

Final Compliance Report

Project construction and implementation of post-construction mitigation measures was completed on October 30, 2012. A Final Compliance Report was prepared describing the implementation of the CEQA mitigation and permit requirements for the project. A copy of the Final Compliance Report can be viewed here (6 MB).

For Additional Information

The CPUC, through its Environmental Review Team, is conducting an environmental evaluation of the proposed project. To request additional information or to be added to the mailing list, please contact us by email, fax, or phone, as follows:

Project email: Jeff.Smith@panoramaenv.com
Project fax number: (650) 373-1211
Project voicemail: (650) 340-4821

The CPUCís Project Manager is:

Andrew Barnsdale, CPUC Project Manager
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Ave., 4th Floor
San Francisco CA 94102
Tel: (415) 703-3221
Fax: (415) 703-2200

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