Use Permit Application No. PLN2020-0081 - Ahlem Farms Jerseys


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Stanislaus County
Document Title
Use Permit Application No. PLN2020-0081 - Ahlem Farms Jerseys
Document Type
CON - Early Consultation
Present Land Use
Confined animal facility, cropland, rural residences (including employee housing), and accessory structures/ A-2-40 (General Agriculture)
Document Description
Request to expand the herd of an existing dairy facility located on four parcels across a total of 79± acres, in the A-2-40 (General Agriculture) zoning district. The applicant proposes to expand the herd from 1,305 to 2,500 mature cows, an increase of 1,090 milk and 105 dry cows; and to increase support stock numbers from 1,007 to 2,250, which includes an increase of 371 heifers 15-24 months old, 589 heifers 7-14 months, and 147 additional calves 4-6 months old, and 136 calves 0-3 months. Additionally, the applicant proposes to construct two freestall barns totaling 48,624± square feet, and a new 2.8± acre covered digester pond. The applicant anticipates an increase of 1,900 cubic feet of additional manure per day generated on the facility from the proposed herd expansion. Nutrients produced from the herd will be utilized to fertilize approximately 175± acres of irrigated cropland on parcels located to the west of the project site, which are also owned by the applicant. Hours of operation are 24-hours a day, seven days a week. There are currently two single-family dwellings on-site which are occupied by employees and their families. The proposed request is expected to increase the number of employees by two for a total of four employees on a maximum shift, which will increase the number of total employee trips by two per day. No additional housing is proposed as part of this request; the two additional employees will not live on-site. The applicant estimates one customer/visitor on-site per day. The proposed request is expected to increase the number of truck trips by two for a total of four truck trips per day. The existing facility is currently improved with 285,190± square feet of dairy and residential building space and 32± acres of corrals, storage ponds, and feed storage. The site is served by private wells and septic system and has access to County-maintained Ruble Road.

Contact Information

Emily Basnight, Assistant Planner
Agency Name
Stanislaus County Planning & Community Development
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Manual Azevedo
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Patterson, Turlock
Cross Streets
Crows Landing & S. Carpenter Roads
Total Acres
Parcel #
Turlock Irrigation District Lat. No. 4
Other Location Info
Project Location: 825 Ruble Road, between the Cities of Patterson & Turlock

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Other (Confined Animal Facility)
Local Actions
Use Permit


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