EA SD 7-01; Conditional Use Permit No. 4 Map No. 119


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
EA SD 7-01; Conditional Use Permit No. 4 Map No. 119
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Grazing-mined lands/A H (Exclusive Agriculture-Airport Approach Height Combining) -8.3 (Extensive Agriculture)
Document Description
A CUP to allow a surface mining operation and development of a reclamation plan on an 81.42-acre parcel in accordance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) of 1975. Request is intended to legalize a minig operation established without the necessary land use approvals and bring the mining operation into compliance with SMARA. The CUP is to allow for the continued mining of sand and gravel and development of a comprehensive reclamation plan for disturbance associated with mining activities. The project site encompasses 81.42 acres and is subject to a Williamson Act Land Use Contract. As proposed, mining would disturb approximately 55-acres of the proposed 81-acre parcel. Mining would continue to employ 2 to 4 individuals and entail open pit mining techniques. The mine would operate during daylight hours, generally 8 hours per day, 5 days per week over its anticipated 20-year remaining life. The applicant estimates that 80,000 tons of material would be removed per year with a total anticipated production of 1,600,000 tons over the remaining life of the project. Maximum depth of excavation would be 80 feet. No processing of mined materials would ocur onsite. Dust suppression would be by a mixture of water and calcium chloride obtained locally and mixed off-site. Sewage disposal is not proposed and water supply would be by bottled water. Access would be off of Elk Hills Road via an unimproved road traveling through Section 3 and 2.

Contact Information

Scott F. Denney
Agency Name
Kern County Planning Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Elk Hills Road/Buttonwillow Airport Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
158-010-015 (portion)
California Aqueduct
Other Location Info
city: Buttonwillow

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Mining (Mineral sand & gravel)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife, Other
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects, California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB)

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

Download CSV New Search Print