Use Permit Application No. PLN2021-0105 - Modesto's Neighborhood Church


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Stanislaus County
Document Title
Use Permit Application No. PLN2021-0105 - Modesto's Neighborhood Church
Document Type
CON - Early Consultation
Present Land Use
Walnut Orchard/Zoning: A-2-10 (General Agriculture)/GP: Urban Transition
Document Description
Request to construct and operate a Neighborhood Church on an 8.54± acre parcel currently improved with walnut orchard in the A-2-10 zoning designation. The request includes the construction of two new structures of 18,000± square feet each, two be constructed in two phases. The first phase includes the construction of an 18,000± square-foot pre-engineered metal building, approximately 30± feet in height, which will include a main sanctuary with seating capacity of 350 with and without removable chairs, a main foyer, five offices, two classrooms, two board rooms, a kitchen, four designated children's rooms, bathroom facilities in both the foyer and children's areas, three general storage rooms, and a server/electrical room. The Phase 2 of the project proposes approximately 18,000± square feet of multi-purpose space, which will be used for Bible Studies, Sunday School Classrooms, Office Space, and Restrooms. The site will also be developed with a 135 parking spaces in phase one and 109 parking spaces in phase two lot with lighting, a storm water basin, landscaping in accordance with City of Modesto, a well, a septic system, a children's play area, and a large grassy field. The proposed structures would be used for indoor religious ceremonies, Occasional weddings or special events to occur inside the building. The church proposes to operate Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 5:00pm with approximately five full time employees. Wednesday evening services from 6:30pm - 8:30pm to be attended by approximately 100 church members. Two Sunday morning services at 9:00am and 10:45am attended by approximately 200 church members per service. Other evening and weekend special church­ related events for church members including seminars, outreaches, additional services, and special holiday productions are also proposed. The church proposes up to six (6) special outside events per year may occur, like a trunk or treat, or Easter egg hunt. these will be for church members and the church does not propose to use amplified sound and no outdoor concerts are proposed. The site will utilize a private well and septic system and be provided access from Morrow Road and is within the City of Modesto’s LAFCO adopted Sphere of Influence. Parking lot lighting, signage, and landscaping will be designed to comply with City of Modesto standards.

Contact Information

Avleen K. Aujla
Agency Name
Stanislaus County Planning and Community Development
Job Title
Assistant Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Kiernan Avenue and Bangs Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Hwy 99
Union Pacific
Modesto City Schools

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 Highway Patrol (CHP), 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), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 10, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Church)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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