Garden of Peace Cemetery

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
County of Merced, Department of Community and Economic Development
Document Title
Garden of Peace Cemetery
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
A-2, Exclusive General Agricultural/FP, Foothill Pasture
Document Description
The proposed project is a cemetery, with a 1,500 square foot prayer room with permanent restrooms and a proposed septic system, and a proposed overhang/canopy prayer room. The project would include an unpaved parking lot for 20 vehicles and a 24-foot-wide gravel road within the project site. The project also includes a proposed 24-foot road easement connecting the entrance of the cemetery to Jasper Sears Road and a 15-foot gravel road running south of the proposed area of rest. The proposed area of rest covers the only usable, gently rolling area of the property, which is approximately 50 acres. According to the applicant, one acre of land can contain 1,000 graves; therefore, the project site is anticipating a total of approximately 50,000 to 60,000 graves, which can take up to 200 years to fill up completely. The cemetery would be open from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., seven days a week. However, staff and visitors would only come to the site when there is a burial. It is expected that no more than 20 people would visit the cemetery at one time. The cemetery would include one full-time employee and up to two part-time, temporary employees who would be on-call and be on-site only when there is a burial. The burial services involve the digging of a grave (four feet by eight feet) and would only occur once per day, at most.

Contact Information

Valeria Renteria
Agency Name
County of Merced, Community & Economic Development Department
Job Title
Planner I
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


unincorporated area
Cross Streets
Jasper Sears Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
152, 33
San Luis Reservoir, O'Neill Forebay

Notice of Completion

Development Types
Commercial (SF=prayer room/AC=prayer room, parking, and burial sites)(Sq. Ft. 1500, Acres 50, Employees 3)
Local Actions
Site Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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