Site Approval No. PA-1800315


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Joaquin County
Document Title
Site Approval No. PA-1800315
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The Property is zoned AG-40 (General Agriculture, 40-acre minimum) and the General Plan designation is A/G (General Agriculture) and OS/RC (Resource Conservation).

Document Description
A Site Approval application to install a manure digester facility on an 18-acre portion of an on a 237.48-acre parcel with an existing diary, Vander Schaaf Dairy #3. The manure digester facility will capture greenhouse gases from manure waste and convert the greenhouse gases to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The proposal includes the construction of the following: • a 11,825-square-foot hydrolyzer structure • a 57,600-square-foot digester double-lined covered lagoon • a 5,100-square-foot Livestock Water Recycling structure • a 3,200-square-foot office building • a 1,500-square-foot utility shop • a 5,500-square-foot Livestock Water Recycling equipment area • a 11,000-square-foot Renewable Natural Gas equipment area • a 2,760-square-foot processing and equalization pit • a 7,850-square-foot flare structure • a truck scale • three natural gas genset containers totaling 1,400 square-feet • a temporary manure storage area • a 144-square-foot collection pit • a 1,990-square-foot flush pit • a 2,700-square-foot manure screen separation structure • a 1,900-square-foot bedding drying structure • a manure storage area The RNG will be picked up by outside truck hauling companies 7 days per week. The manure feeding the digester will be supplied by the onsite dairy, Vander Schaaf Dairy #1 located 0.5 miles north of the project site on APN: 203-130-05, and off-site "donor" dairies. Flush water for the project will be pumped from the Vander Schaaf Dairy #1 through the installation of new underground pipes and lift stations across two parcels including APN 203-130-03 & -06, to the Vander Schaaf Dairy #3. The resulting separated solids from the project will be sold as fertilizer and trucked offsite daily. The parcel will be served by an on-site water well, a septic system for waste water disposal, and natural storm drainage. The facility proposes to operate 24 hours per day 7 days per week with 14 truck trips per day, and 4 employees arriving on site in personal vehicles during normal daytime business hours 8 am to 5 pm, 5-days a week. The project site has 2 existing access driveways on S. Murphy Rd, but only the south driveway will be utilized for the project. This parcel is under a Williamson Act contract.

Contact Information
Frank Girardi
San Joaquin County, Community Development Department
Lead/Public Agency
1810 E. Hazelton Ave.
Stockton, CA 95205

Phone : (209) 468-3163


San Joaquin
Cross Streets
Avena Road, Lone Tree Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
203-120-11, 203-130-03, 203130-05, 203130-06
Lone Tree Creek Onsite; Avena Drain to the north

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 117489, Acres 18, Employees 4) Other (Manure Digester Facility)
Local Action
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Economics/Jobs Flood Plain/Flooding Growth Inducement Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Archeological/Historical, Forest Land/Fire Hazard, Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading, Toxic/Hazardous, Traffic/Circulation, Water Quality, Water Supply/Groundwater
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 Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Sacramento Region 5 (RWQCB) Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
PA-1800315 (SA) Form F   PDF 616 K PA-1800315 (SA) MIT NEG DEC   PDF 935 K PA-1800315 (SA) NEIGHBORHOOD REFERRAL   PDF 1297 K PA-1800315 (SA) SIGNED INITIAL STUDY   PDF 15982 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
PA-1800315 (SA) SIGNED NOC   PDF 1739 K

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