Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the San Benito Ag Center Conditional Use Permit (County File No. PLN220052)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Benito County
Document Title
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the San Benito Ag Center Conditional Use Permit (County File No. PLN220052)
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The project site has a General Plan Land Use Designation of Commercial Regional. This General Plan Designation is intended for properties located on major roadway interchanges. The Commercial Regional designation is intended “to provide areas that function as destinations for commercial activity serving the regional population. This designation intends to accommodate the location of commercial uses at key intersections along Interstate 101 and other major State Routes. Permitted uses could include shopping centers, truck and automobile stations, tourist-serving commercial uses, and hotels/motels. The project site is zoned (C-1) Commercial Thoroughfare which is consistent with the General Plan Land Use designation of Commercial Regional.
Document Description
The project consists of three main structures: a 16,450 square feet convenience store and food hall, a 12,500 square feet truck service building, and a 13,500 square feet cold storage building, for a total of 42,450 square feet. The project will also provide refueling services for trucks and automobiles. Three types of fuel are proposed – standard gas/diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), and hydrogen fuel. To complement the building architecture, a 60-foot-tall water tower and a 50-foot-tall windmill would be constructed. There would be parking for 105 trucks and 58 cars; and 20 loading spaces (for the cold storage building), for a total of 163 uncovered parking spaces. The project would also include six parking spaces for recreational vehicles. Parking includes electric auxiliary power unit (APU) hookups for trucks to park and turn off their engine while waiting for a delivery/pick-up appointments and keep the refrigerated unit cold. Electric vehicle recharging stations will also be provided for automobiles. Access for trucks will be from Highway 129, with an exit onto a new two-lane truck-only access road connecting to Searle Road. Two separate driveways from Searle Road would provide site access for automobile traffic. Searle Road and Highway 129 will be improved as part of the project. The project would operate 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

Contact Information

Arielle Goodspeed
Agency Name
San Benito County
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Hollister, San Juan Bautista
San Benito
Cross Streets
Highway 129 and Searle Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
129 and 101
Anzar High School
Pajaro River

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, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Highway Patrol (CHP)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Highway Patrol (CHP)
Development Types
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 42450, Acres 16.43, Employees 35)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Septic System, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Wildfire
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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