AVEP Solar Project by Chaparral Solar, LLC and Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC

4 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2019090215
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
AVEP Solar Project by Chaparral Solar, LLC and Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
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) / 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(10) 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)).
Document Description
AVEP Solar Project by Chaparral Solar, LLC and Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC is requesting approval of two proposed photovoltaic electrical generating facilities with capacity to generate a combined total of approximately 250 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy and 2,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy storage systems. The proposed project is situated on approximately 1,406 acres of privately owned land in three (3) separate County Zone Maps of unincorporated Kern County. Implementation of the project as proposed would include: a) three (3) Specific Plan Amendments to the Willow Springs Specific Plan; b) three (3) Zoning Classification Changes; c) three (3) Conditional Use Permits to allow for the construction of a solar photovoltaic electrical generating facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) zone district; d) two (2) Conditional Use Permits to allow for the construction and operation of a communication tower in an A zone district; e) two (2) requests for non-summary vacation of public access easements within each solar facility project site; and f) three (3) Specific Plan Amendment to the Circulation Element of the Willow Springs Specific Plan to remove section and mid-section line road reservations within each solar facility project site. See NOC for full details.

Contact Information

Name
Randall P. Cates, Planner 3
Agency Name
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Name
Agency Name
Chaparral Solar, LLC and Rabbitbrush Solar, LLC
Contact Types
Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Total Acres
1406
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
N/A
Railways
N/A
Airports
N/A
Schools
N/A
Waterways
N/A
Township
9N
Range
13-14W
Section
Multip
Base
SBB&M
Other Location Info
The project site is located approximately 5.5 miles west of the unincorporated community of Rosamond; also being located within portions of Section 18 of Township 9 North, Range 13 West and within portions of Sections 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 15, and 23 of Township 9 North, Range 14 West, San Bernardino Base and Meridian (SBBM), County of Kern, State of California.

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Power:Solar (PV Solar)(Megawatts 250), Power:Other Power Type (Battery Storage)(Megawatts 2,000 MWh)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Use Permit, Other
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife, Other
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)

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