The Blythe Mesa Solar Energy Project/Conditional Use Permit No. 3685, Public Use Permit No. 913, Change of Zone No. 7831, Ordinance No. 664.57 Approving Develop

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Summary

SCH Number
2011111056
Lead Agency
Riverside County
Document Title
The Blythe Mesa Solar Energy Project/Conditional Use Permit No. 3685, Public Use Permit No. 913, Change of Zone No. 7831, Ordinance No. 664.57 Approving Develop
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
5/15/2015
Present Land Use
Active and inactive agriculture/Heavy Agricultural, Light Agriculture, Controlled Development Areas/Agriculture and Rural Community.

Document Description
Conditional Use Permit No. 3685 proposes a 485 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) electrical generating facility consisting of a solar array field utilizing single-axis solar PV trackers and panels with a combined maximum height of eight feet. Supporting facilities on-site would include up to three electrical substations, up to two operation and maintenance buildings, inverters, transformers, and associated switchgear. The Project site will be secured 24 hours per day by on site private security personnel or remote services with motion-detection cameras. An equestrian-wire, wildlife-friendly and drainage-compatible security fence that meets National Electric Safety Code would be placed around the perimeter of the site. An approximate 334-acre portion of the 3,660-acre Project site is located within the City of Blythe jurisdiction, the remaining 3,326 acres is within the unincorporated County. Public Use Permit No. 913 proposes to permit, alternative 3, which is a new 8.8 mile long, 230 kilovolt (kV) double-circuit generation-tie transmission line would connect the proposed Project with the approved Colorado River Substation located west of the Project site subject to Public Use Permit (3.6 miles of the generation-tie line are located within the Project site, and 5.2 miles are located off-site within a 125-foot-wide BLM ROW between the Project site and the Colorado River Substation). Change of zone No. 7831 proposes to rezone approximately 1,249 acres from Controlled Development Areas 5 acre minimum and 10 acre minimum (W-2-5 and W-2-10) and Natural Assets (N-A) to Light Agriculture 10 acre minimum (A-1-10). The applicant has also proposed to enter into a Development Agreement (DA No. 79) with the County for the Project consistent with the County's solar power plant program. DA No. 79 has a term of thirty years and will grant the applicant vesting rights to develop the Project in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Proposed Ordinance No. 664.57 incorporates by reference and adopts DA No. 79 consistent with Government Code Section 65867.5.

Contact Information
Larry Ross
Riverside County
Lead/Public Agency
4080 Lemon Street, 9th Floor P.O. Box 1409
Riverside, CA 92502-1409

Phone : (951) 955-5859

Location

Coordinates
33°36'8.0"N 114°41'40"W
Cities
Blythe
Counties
Riverside
Cross Streets
Mesa Drive and Hobson Way (in vicinity)
Zip
90245
Total Acres
3,660
Parcel #
821-110-004, etc.,
State Highways
I-10
Railways
Union Pacific
Airports
Blythe Airport
Schools
Palo Verde Valley
Waterways
Colorado River
Township
7S
Range
2W
Section
27
Base
SBB&M

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Riverside County
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
Riverside County, 4080 Lemon Street, 12th Floor, CA 92501

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
N/A
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

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.

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