FRV Valley Solar Project (PP11297); GPA 3/CUP 24, Map 161; CUP 25, Map 161; GPA 5/CUP 16, Map 125, Cancellation of Williamson Act Land Use Contracts; 11-3, 11-4
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
A (Exclusive Agriculture) / General Plan:8.1/8.4 (Intens. Ag/Mineral & Petroleum): Cultivated agriculture land
The FRV Valley Solar Project is a proposal to construct and operate 3 solar photovoltaic power generating facilities that would generate a combined 115 megawatts of electricity, on three sites totaling 1,063 acres in unincorporated portions of Kern County, California. The project sites are within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Kern County General Plan. Currently; all the parcels are zoned A (Exclus. Agric) with map code designations 8.1 and/or 8.4.
The project includes proposed CUPs and General Plan Amendments to amend the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan. The GPA requests are to eliminate future road reservations along midsection lines of Sections 22 and 27, T30S, R29E, MDB&M and S34, T32S, R28E, MDB&M, in order to remove the required setbacks on the subject parcels. There are no existing roads developed along any of the subject midsection lines. In addition, the project includes a request to cancel Williamson Act Land Use Contracts on approximately 1,010 acres of farmland. 16 of the 19 parcels are under Williamson Act Land Use contracts (1,010 acres) and cancellation of the contracts is required.
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Sewer Capacity, Transportation, Vegetation, Wildlife
Air Resources Board, Airport/Energy Projects, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC)
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