MMU 23-02 Red Hills BioEnergy Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Lake County
Document Title
MMU 23-02 Red Hills BioEnergy Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
The applicant, Scotts Valley Energy Corporation, is proposing changes to the previously approved Mitigated Negative Declaration as supported by Initial Study (IS 19-09) (Attachment 4) for Use Permit (UP 19-05) which allows for the construction and operation of a small-scale bioenergy production facility using woody biomass to produce syngas, a fuel/gas mixture used in creating synthetic natural gas or for producing ammonia or methanol, and biochar, a by-product of the bioenergy process that functions as an agricultural or forestry soil amendment. In the revised project, the location of the operational facility or building would be relocated approximately 40 feet further east of Red Hills Road or at a distance of approximately 180 feet. This relocation is proposed in order to reduce sound transmission to the residential neighbor to the west, and still operate within the county established noise standards for the commercial neighbor to the east. The revised project area would encompass no more than 15,000 sf, or approximately 28,350 sf less than the original permitted footprint of 43,350 sf. This reduction occurs with the elimination of the wood processing and storage area plus the elimination of the section of the lane and turn around located on the east side of this processing/storage area. The wood-slatted chain link fence of the approved project will now only surround the 40’ x 50’ building, maintaining a constant 21’ distance, as it will no longer encompass the outdoor biomass storage and processing area. Open space would also be maintained around the building, as the revised footprint would entail a 40’ open space on the north and west sides, 20’ space on the south side that is set 20’ back from the interior road, and approximately 60’ on the east side.

Contact Information

Katherine Schaefers
Agency Name
County of Lake
Job Title
Resource Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Unincorporated Kelseyville
Cross Streets
SR 29 and Red Hills Rd
Parcel #
Other Location Info
7130 Red Hills Rd., Kelseyville, CA

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
County of Lake Community Development Department
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Final Environmental Document Available at
Community Development Department, County of Lake 255 North Forbes St. Lakeport, CA 95453


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Amendment to Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS 19-09))
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Final Document(s) [Approved_Certified draft environmental documents]

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