EIR JKM 08-17; Raceway Solar Project by sPower

Summary

SCH Number
2018071075
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
EIR JKM 08-17; Raceway Solar Project by sPower
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation
Received
Present Land Use
Undeveloped, sparse residential dwellings, dirt roads, agriculture; Kern County Zoned: E (Estate (2.5)) RS (Residential Suburban), MH (Mobile Homes), FPS (Floodplain); A (Agricultural); Willows Springs Specific Plan Designated: (Military Flight) 2.8; (Noise) 2.85; (Comprehensive Plan) 4.4; (Residential) 5.3 (10U/A); 5.4 (4U/A); 5.5 (1U/A); 5.5 (IU/A(; 5.6 (1U/2.5A); (Gen. Commercial) 6.2; (Light Industrial): 7.1; (Service Industrial) 7.2.

Document Description
The project proponent is requesting: (a) nine Amendments to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to eliminate road reservations along section and mid-section lines in Sections 20, 29, and 32 of T9N/R.13W, Zone Maps 231 and 231-20; (B) nine Specific Plan Amendments to the boundaries of the Willow Springs Specific Plan to remove the proposed project area from 4.4 Comprehensive Specific Plan boundary in Sections 28 and 32 of T.9N/R.13W, 220.45 acres in Zone Map 231 and 92.05 acres in Zone Map 231-28; (c) eight changes in zoning classification: from the existing zone district E 2.5 RS FPS (Estate (2.5) Residential Suburban, Secondary Flood Plain Combining) on 160 acres in Zone Map 231-21; E 2.5 RS FPS (Estate (2.5) Residential Suburban Secondary Flood Plain Combining) on 130 acres in Zone Map 231-28; E 2.5 RS FPS (Estate 2.5) Residential Suburban, Secondary Flood Plain Combining) on 79.4 acres in Zone Map 231-20; E 2.5 RS FPS (Estate (2.5) Residential Suburban, Secondary Flood Plain (Combining) on 421.5 acres in Zone Map 231; E 2.5 RS (Estate (2.5) Residential Suburban) on 312.5 acres in Zone Map 231; E 2.5 RS MH FPS (Estate (2.5) Residential Suburban, Mobile Home, Secondary Flood Plain Combining) on 261 acres in Zone Map 231-28; to A FPS (Exclusive Agricultural, Secondary Flood Plain Combining); (d) ten Conditional Use Permits to allow for the construction and operation of seven solar photovoltaic electrical generating facilities totaling 400 megawatts on 1,854 acres of privately-owned land (Section 19.12.030.G) in the A FPS (Excluding Agricultural, Flood Plain Combining) District; (e) Vacations of existing public access easements on the project site to allow optimum placement of solar panels; (f) a Franchise Agreement for installation of gneeration tie lines in the Kern County right-of-way; and (g) Cancellation of an Existing Williamson Act (Contract for Site 4. The proposed project's permanent facilities would include, service roads, a power collection system, communication cables, overhead and underground transmission lines, electrical switchyards, project substations.

Contact Information
Janice Mayes
Kern County
2700 M Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 862-8793

Location

Coordinates
34°50'5.24400"N 118°16'10.95600"W
Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
90th Street West and West Ave. A
Total Acres
1,854
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
14
Township
9N
Range
13W
Section
Many
Base
SBBM
Other Location Info
Rosamond, Lancaster

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Commercial (1,854 Acres, 800 Employees) Power:Solar (400 Watts)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Specific Plan Rezone Use Permit Other Action Other Action: Franchise Agreement, Williamson Act Rescission
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Septic System Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Highway Patrol California Public Utilities Commission Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Housing and Community Development Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 5 (Fresno) Resources Agency Department of Conservation Caltrans, District 6 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 Native American Heritage Commission
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