Cutler/Orosi Community Plan 2021 Update (GPA 18-003, PZC 18-011, PZC 18-009, PZC 18-010)
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Communities of Cutler and Orosi / Agriculture (AE-20), Commercial (C-1, C-2, C-2-SR, C-3, C-3-SR, PD-C-3), Manufacturing (M-1), Recreation (O), Professional and Administrative Office (P-O, P-O-SR), Residential (R-1, R-2, R-3, R-A), / Cutler-Orosi Urban Development Boundary
On September 30, 2014, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved the Planning Branch proposal to update the Cutler/Orosi Community Plan. The project Study Area Boundary will assess the potential project impacts from the proposed land use changes, for the areas generally bound south of Avenue 422, north of Avenue 400, east of Road 116, and west of Road 134. The project EIR is based on a projected annual population growth rate of 1.3%. Additional growth beyond the 1.3% annual growth rate will require further growth analysis pursuant to CEQA. The Cutler/Orosi Community Plan Update components are described later in this section will become consistent with the General Plan 2030 Update, and will include the following primary goals and objectives.
1) Land Use and Environmental Planning - Promote development within planning areas next to the Regional State Route 63 Corridor in order to implement the following General Plan goals: a) Ensure that the text and mapping of the Community Plan Designations and Zoning Reclassifications address various development matters such as encouraging Agricultural Adaptive Reuse activities, recognizing Non-Conforming Use activities, and facilitating Ministerial Permit approvals; b) Encourage infill development within Urban Development Boundaries, thereby discouraging leapfrog development within Tulare County; c) Reduce development pressure on agriculturally-designated lands within the Valley Floor, thereby encouraging agricultural production to flourish; d) Reduce vehicle miles travelled throughout the County, thereby positively affecting air quality and greenhouse gas reduction; and e) Help to improve the circulation, transit and railroad transportation system within this community, including, but not limited to, laying the groundwork for the construction of key projects such as Safe Routes to Schools, Complete Streets, and Bike Lanes/Pedestrian Paths.
2) Improvements for a “disadvantaged community” - It is expected that the community planning areas will be improved for the following reasons: a) With faster project processing resulting from an updated community plan, increased employment opportunities are more likely to be provided by the private sector as proposed project developments can be approved as expeditiously as possible; b) Increased housing grant awards are more likely to occur based on updated community plans that are consistent with the policies of the adopted (August 2013) General Plan Update and Housing Element; and c) With updated community plans, enhanced infrastructure grant awards are more likely, thereby providing access to funding to install or upgrade road, water, wastewater, and storm water facilities.
3) Strengthening Relationship with TCAG - An important benefit of this expedited community plan process will be the opportunity for RMA to strengthen the County’s relationship with the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) in that this and other community plans will help to facilitate the funding and implementation of several key transportation programs such as Safe Routes to Schools, Complete Streets, and Bike/Pedestrian Projects.
By pursuing these transportation programs through a heightened collaborative process, the likelihood of getting actual projects in the ground will be realized faster than historically achieved. In doing so, these communities and others can become safer and healthier by providing a more efficient transportation network.
Palm School, Golden Valley Elementary School, Orosi High School,
Sand Creek, Alta East Branch Canal
Other Location Info
El Monte School, Cutler Elementary School, Lovell School, Monson Sultana Elementary School
Sections 7, 8, 17, 18, 19. 20
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, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Other (Community Plan)
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
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