Rod McLellan Company, Elk Grove Facility


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sacramento County
Document Title
Rod McLellan Company, Elk Grove Facility
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is a request for the following planning entitlements: 1. A Use Permit to use 18.4 acres of a 79.1-acre Agricultural – 80 acres (AG-80) zoned property for the Primary Processing of Agricultural Products. 2. A Special Development Permit to allow the proposed project to deviate from a future setback that would be required for a potential future right of way along Carroll Road. This project consists of restarting a former facility that operated from 2001 to 2018, with 50 full-time employees. In February 2019, upon review of the business license it was determined that a Use Permit would be required in order to resume operations. The existing facility is composed of three buildings: main facility (90,788 square feet), on-site office (1,344 square feet) and maintenance shop (3,200 square feet). This project would not increase the square-footage of the existing structures and would not increase the capacity of the former operation (Exhibit 1). The facility will re start with 38 employees a reduction from 50 employees on site previously. The existing facility will be used for processing and packaging of soil and soil mixes; storage of raw materials and finished goods; warehousing and transport of finished goods. Operations at the facility will consist of all activities required to mix, blend, package and distribute soil and soil amendments. All material mixing will be performed on existing concrete pads located on the south side of the production/storage building (Exhibit 2). The facility will purchase bulk materials, including sawdust, bark, peat moss, pumice, cow manure and mix them together with dry fertilizers to make potting soils. No composting of materials will occur on-site.

Contact Information

Joelle Inman
Agency Name
Sacramento County Planning
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC Section 21084; CEQA Guidelines Sections 15300 -15333 CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 – Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project will allow a facility to re-start the primary processing of agricultural products resulting in no expansion of existing or former use and is therefore exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Previously, the facility operated from 2001 to 2018 with 50 full time employees. The facility will resume operations with 38 employees without increasing the capacity of the former operation. This project will provide the necessary land use entitlements so that the facility can reopen. The facility will be storing large amounts of fertilizer, regulated by Sacramento County Environmental Management (EMD). The business will need to submit a Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMP) to EMD for the safe storage and use of chemicals.
County Clerk


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