EIR 03-18; AVEP Solar Project by Chaparral Solar, LLC, Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC, and Tumbleweed Solar, LLC

Summary

SCH Number
2019090215
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
EIR 03-18; AVEP Solar Project by Chaparral Solar, LLC, Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC, and Tumbleweed Solar, LLC
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation
Received
Present Land Use
• Chaparral Solar Facility: inhabited residence) undeveloped land / Zoning: A FPS (Exclusive Agriculture - Floodplain Secondary Combining), A GH FPS (Exclusive Agriculture - Geologic Hazard - Floodplain Secondary Combining), E(2½) RS FPS (Estate (2 1/2 Acres) - Residential Suburban Combining - Floodplain Secondary Combining) I Willow Springs Specific Plan: 5.3/4.4 (Maximum 10 units/net acre/ Comprehensive Planning Area), '5.3/4.4/2.1 (Maximum. 10 units/net acre/ Comprehensive Planning Area/ Seismic Hazard), 5.6 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit), 6.2 (General Commercial). • Rabbitbrush Solar Facility: uninhabited residence, undeveloped land / Zoning: A FPS, E(2½) RS FPS, E(5) RS FPS (Estate (5 Acres) - Residential Suburban Combining - Floodplain Secondary Combining), E(IO) RS FPS (Estate (10 Acres) - Residential Suburban Combining - Floodplain Secondary Combining)/ Willow Springs Specific Plan: 5.3/4.4, 5.6, 5.7 (Minimum 5 gross acres/unit), 5.75 (Minimum 10 gross acres/unit), 8.5 (Resources Management (Minimum 20-acre parcel size)). • Tumbleweed Solar Facility: three inhabited residences, orchards, undeveloped land/ Zoning: A FPS, E(2½) RS FPS I Willow Springs Specific Plan: 5.3/2.85 (Maximum 10 units/net acre / Noise Management Area (65db)), 5.6/2.8 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit / Military Flight Operations (60db)), 5.6/2.85 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit/ Noise Management Area (65db)), 6.2, 8.1/2.8 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size) I Military Flight Operations (60db)), 8.1/2.85 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size)/ Noise Management Area (65db))

Document Description
The project proponents are requesting: (a) Four Specific Plan Amendments to the Willow Springs Specific Plan, from designations 5.3/2.85 (Maximum 10 units/net acre / Noise Management Area (65db)),5.3/4.4 (Maximum 10 units/net acre/ Comprehensive Planning Area), 5.3/4.4/2.1 (Maximum 10 units/net acre/ Comprehensive Planning Area/ Seismic Hazard), 5.6 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit), 5.6/2.8 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit/ Military Flight Operations (60db)), 5.6/2.85 (Minimum 2.5 gross acres/unit/ Noise Management Area (65db)), 5.7 (Minimum 5 gross acres/unit), 5.75 (Minimum 10 gross acres/unit), 6.2 (General Commercial) and 8.5 (Resources Management (Minimum 20-acre parcel size)) to designations 8.1 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size)), 8.1/2.1 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size / Seismic Hazard), 8.1/2.8 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size)/ Military Flight Operations (60db)) and 8.1/2.85 (Intensive Agriculture (Minimum 20-acre Parcel Size)/ Noise Management Area (65db)), totaling approximately 10 acres in T9N/Rl3W SBB&M and approximately 1,727 acres in T9N/R,14W SBB&M. (SPA 1, Map 231-18; SPA 25, Map 232; SPA 27, Map 232; SPA 29, Map 232). (b) Four Specific Plan Amendments to amend the Circulation Plan of the Willow Springs Specific Plan, to eliminate future road reservations along Section lines in Sections 7 and 18 T9N/R13W SBB&M, and to eliminate future road reservations along Section and Mid-Section lines in Sections I 0, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 36 T9N/R 14W SBB&M. (SP A 2, Map 23 I -18; SP A 26, Map 232; SP A 28, Map 232; SP A 30, Map 232). (c) Four Changes in zone classification from the existing zone districts of approximately 10 acres of E(2½) RS FPS in Zone Map 231-18, approximately 472 acres of E(2½) RS FPS in Zone Map 232, approximately 160.5 acres of E(5) RS FPS in Zone Map 232, and approximately 18 acres of E(10) RS FPS in Zone Map 232, to the A FPS (Exclusive Agriculture - Floodplain Secondary Combining) District. (ZCC 3, Map 231-18; ZCC 40, Map 232; ZCC 41, Map 232; ZCC 42, Map 232). (d) Four Conditional Use Permits, one in Zone Map 231-18 and three in Zone Map 232,. to allow for the construction and operation of three solar facilities with a total generating capacity of approximately 375 megawatts within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. Each of the three facilities would have a generating capacity of approximately 125 megawatts. (CUP I, Map 231-18; CUP 33, Map 232; CUP 35, Map 232; CUP 37, Map 232). (e) Three Conditional Use Permits, in Zone Map 232, to allow for the construction and operation of communication tower(s) in conjunction with the proposed solar facilities. (CUP 34, Map 232; CUP 36, Map 232; CUP 38, Map 232). (f) Three requests for nonsummary vacations of public access easements, one corresponding to each of the three solar facilities. (g) The project's permanent facilities would include service roads, communication towers, communication cables, overhead and underground transmission lines, energy storage systems, operations and maintenance facilities, and a gen-tie and/or collection lines to transmit electricity generated on the project site.

Contact Information
Randall Cates
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
2700 "M' Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone : (661) 862-8612
catesr@kerncounty.com

Location

Coordinates
34°51'49.6563"N 118°20'20.2236"W
Cities
Rosamond
Counties
Kern
Cross Streets
Approximately 5½ miles west of the unincorporated community of Rosamond, being portions of Secti
Total Acres
~2,117
Parcel #
252-341-48: 358-010-04, -13, -14, -17. -18, -19: 358-030-05, -06, -07, -08, -09, -10, - 11, -12,
Township
9N
Range
13W/14
Section
18 / 9
Base
SBBM
Other Location Info
The project is located approximately 5½ miles west of the unincorporated community of Rosamond on 75 parcels

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (communication towers) Power:Solar (375 Watts)
Local Action
Use Permit Specific Plan Amendment; Nonsummary vacation of public access easements; Zone Change
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 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects Wildfire and Energy
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Major Industrial Projects Cal Fire California Department of Parks and Recreation California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, District 9 Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 Department of Toxic Substances Control Native American Heritage Commission Office of Emergency Services, California Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Bd., Region 6 (Victorville) Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water

Attachments

Environmental Document
avep_solar_nop   PDF 6010 K NOP Notice   PDF 702 K
NOC
Letter   PDF 229 K NOC   PDF 1041 K
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