Mountain View Wind Repower Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021040421
Lead Agency
Riverside County
Document Title
Mountain View Wind Repower Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
Riverside County: Wind Energy Resource Zone (W-E), Rural Residential (R-R), Controlled Development Area (W-2)

Document Description
The applicant is requesting a WECS Permit (WCS200003), Change of Zone (CZ2000032) and a wind access setback Variance (VAR210001). The Mountain View Wind Repower Project (Project) encompasses 139.1 acres on a 1,255.19-acre site, located in unincorporated Riverside County, primarily within the boundaries of the existing MVPP I & II wind energy facilities. Of the 1,255.19 acres, 1,202.86 acres are located on private land and 52.34 acres are located on BLM land. The private land area also overlaps with the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Conservation Plan, specifically 383.39 acres in the Whitewater Floodplain Conservation Area. The Project would repower the existing wind energy facilities with modern, higher capacity wind turbine generators (WTGs), and is anticipated to be operational by December 2022. The Riverside County Planning Department has reviewed the proposed Mountain View Wind Repower Project. Commercial WECS Permit No. 200003 proposes removal of 93 existing Mitsubishi 600-kilowatt (kW) WTGs and the subsequent installation of 16 Vestas 3.6 and 4.3 MW WTGs with a maximum height of 492 feet. Seven (7) existing Mitsubishi 600 kW WTGs would remain as part of the Project. In addition, two existing met towers would be removed, and one new free standing lattice met tower would be installed with a maximum height of 328 feet. The Project would be capable of producing approximately 229.90 gigawatt hours (GWh) of power per year for operational years 1 through 10. Beyond operational year 10, assuming decommissioning of the seven Mitsubishi 600 kW WTGs, the Project would produce approximately 215.90 GWh of power annually for the remainder of its operational life. Section 18.41.D.3(c) of Ordinance No. 348 allows the planning commission to reduce the established scenic setbacks to 1.25 times the total WECS 492-foot height, or 615 feet. The applicant is requesting a setback reduction for two WTGs in the northeast portion of the project site to reduce the required scenic setback from 1,320 feet to 1,000 feet. Change of Zone No. 2000032 proposes to modify a 281.81-acre portion of an existing 600-acre parcel (APN 522-070-027) from Rural Residential (R-R) to Wind Energy (W-E). Variance Case No. 210001 proposes to reduce the five (5) times rotor diameter wind access setback for seven (7) existing WTGs and four (4) new WTGs. Five (5) times the rotor diameter for the existing and new WTGs would be 225 meters (738.19) and 585 meters (1,919.29 feet),respectively. The applicant proposes reducing the five (5) time rotor diameter wind access setback for the 11 existing and new WTGs to a minimum of 110 meters (360.89 feet).

Contact Information
Jay Olivas, Project Manager
Riverside County Planning Department
Lead/Public Agency
4080 Lemon Street, 12th Floor
Riverside, CA 92501

Phone : (951) 955-6863
JOlivas@rivco.org

Location

Coordinates
33°54'28.04"N 116°35'32.03"W
Cities
Whitewater and Bonnie Bell communities
Counties
Riverside
Regions
Citywide
Cross Streets
South of Garnet Street; apprximately 3 miles west of Indian Canyon Drive
Zip
92258
Total Acres
139.10
Parcel #
APNs on attachment
State Highways
I-10, SR-62, SR-111
Railways
UPRR (~1.9 miles south)
Airports
None
Schools
None
Waterways
Whitewater River (adjacent to west)
Township
3S
Range
3E, 4E
Section
13, 17
Base
SB

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Power:Wind (Megawatts 67.4)
Local Action
Use Permit Zone Change; Variance
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Solid Waste Transportation Vegetation Wetland/Riparian Forest Land/Fire Hazard, Soil Erosion, Water Supply/Groundwater
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 8 (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, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Colorado River Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
_Draft EA_CEQ210007_MVPP   PDF 4396 K A_AQ-GHG Tech Report   PDF 2557 K B_Bio-Technical-Report_MVPP   PDF 74866 K C_Cultural Resources Report   PDF 86 K D_Geotechnical Design Report   PDF 16217 K E_Phase I ESA   PDF 52716 K F_Paleo Inventory Memo   PDF 1509 K NOA_MVPP   PDF 607 K Summary Form_MVPP   PDF 274 K
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
NOC_MVPP   PDF 280 K

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