Earlimart Radio Tower at Earlimart SO Substation


SCH Number
Public Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
Earlimart Radio Tower at Earlimart SO Substation
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
As part of the American Rescue Plan budget, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors have approved the installation of a 100-foot radio tower for at the location of Earlimart SO Substation. This project involves the actual construction of the radio tower that will sit on an 18'x 18' concrete pad along the existing parking lot area in the northwest portion of the property along with an outdoor equipment closet for weather proofed cabinet for the radio equipment that is 62" x 59" x 42". The project scope consists of removing existing lawn and asphalt, installation of the site pad, raising of the tower, adding the equipment closet, and then connecting an electrical conduit between this equipment closet and the tower, to the existing Substation structure. The modifications to the site will be set back beyond 200 feet from the Washington Avenue entrance to the facility, thereby reducing potential visibility from the street. The limits for the tower project are within the existing confines of the existing parking lot, drainage will be confined on-site, and will not impact any areas not currently covered by concrete. The radio tower will enhance the county's existing communications network thereby providing a public benefit by enhancing first responder capabilities.

Contact Information

Hector Guerra
Agency Name
Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Job Title
Chief Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Brian Morrow
Agency Name
Information & Communications Technology Department
Job Title
IT Manager
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
159 S Valente Rd
Parcel #

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines Class 1 Section 15301 Existing Facilities (c) and Class 3 Section 15303 New Construction or Conversion
Reasons for Exemption
This action is consistent with Section 15301 Existing Facilities and Section 15303 New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures as the project will occur on and within the footprint an existing location (Earlimart SO Substation) parking lot. The radio tower (including the cabinet for the radio equipment) will be developed in an area currently constructed as a parking lot; no other changes would occur. Therefore, the use of CEQA Sections 15301 and 15303 are applicable and appropriate for this project.
County Clerk


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