Frito-Lay, Inc.

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Stanislaus County
Document Title
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Snack food manufacturing facility Zoning: Industrial (M) GP: Industrial
Document Description
Project Description: (please use a separate page if necessary) This is a request for a variance to the Industrial (M) zoning district height limit. The project proposes to expand the current Frito-Lay facility by constructing a 62,000± square-foot manufacturing building, 27,000± square-foot warehouse building, silos (one to be utilized for corn storage and one for cornmeal storage), and site improvements consisting of the following: a second rail branch; new solar photovoltaic carport; 14 vehicle charging stations for employees; a publicly available compressed natural gas fueling station; and a near zero emission and zero emission on and off-road fleet upgrades to increase the production capacity and reduce the need to import packaged snack food products from other plants. The proposed expansion will also include the addition of a new snack food production line for Onion Fried Snack (OFS) production, and the addition of a cornmeal receiving, storage, and handling system. The number of employees is anticipated to increase by 206 as part of this project; increasing the number of employees to 486 during a maximum shift. The corn and cornmeal silos will be 85± feet tall; as unmanned fireproof structures the silos are considered to be permitted uses in the Industrial (M) zoning district and are not subject to a height limit pursuant to §21.60.040(B) of the County Zoning Ordinance. The proposed 62,000± square-foot manufacturing building will be 46 feet tall. The 27,000± square-foot warehouse is proposed to be 92 feet tall with an HVAC unit at the top bringing the total height to 97 feet tall; the warehouse will be composed of one floor, and a mezzanine. County Zoning Ordinance §21.60.040(A) requires building and appurtenant structures not to exceed 75 feet in height in the Industrial (M) zoning district. The additional height of the building is needed to accommodate construction of a three-crane automated storage and pallet retrieval system for bulk materials transported by truck and rail. The automated crane system will operate from the ground level and the first floor and mezzanine of the proposed warehouse will be manned daily, with up to four employees to oversee the crane system and operate forklifts from ground levels. The proposed warehouse and expansion will be located at an existing snack manufacturing facility on a 71.35± acre parcel in the Industrial (M) zoning district within the LAFCO adopted Sphere of Influence for the City of Modesto. The site is currently served with public sewer and water facilities by the City of Modesto. The site has access to County-maintained Garner Road and Leckron Road. The expansion of the facility is a permitted use in the Industrial (M) zoning district; however, the environmental review will cover the entire expansion request for the purpose of allowing Frito-Lay, Inc. to obtain Air District permits which require CEQA review for the expansion of the manufacturing and packaging operations for the new OFS production line. The Planning Commission will consider the variance for the additional height of the proposed 97-foot-tall warehouse building, and the CEQA review for the entire project.

Contact Information

Emily Basnight
Agency Name
Stanislaus County Planning and Community Development
Job Title
Assistant Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Leckron Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Union Pacific / Modesto and Empi
Modesto City-County Airport
Empire Union/Modesto Union
Tuolumne River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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 Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, 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
Industrial (Sq. Ft. 89000, Acres 71.35, Employees 486)
Local Actions
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
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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