Lithium Valley Specific Plan

Summary

SCH Number
2023120104
Lead Agency
Imperial County
Document Title
Lithium Valley Specific Plan
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Recreational/Open Space; Agriculture; Government/Special Public; Residential
Document Description
The Project aims to develop a Specific Plan (SP) to facilitate the existing and future renewable energy development, lithium extraction, and associated infrastructure, commercial, and industrial uses within the SP Area (SPA). The agricultural properties in the SPA have historically been utilized for crop cultivation and are equipped with irrigation ditches for water supply. The Salton Sea, as the primary water feature in the County, is a closed basin with a drainage area of 8,000 square miles. Any construction near the Salton Sea below the 2 2 0 -foot contour necessitates a permit. The Project aligns with federal and state objectives for renewable energy sources and the procurement of raw materials for battery-powered vehicles. The development of the SP will provide a framework and guidance for the necessary infrastructure and facilities to achieve these objectives, By leveraging the unique environmental characteristics of the Imperial Valley, this Project aims to harness renewable energy resources, extract lithium and potentially other available minerals, develop manufacturing and distribution of related products (electric batteries, capacitors, vehicles, components etc .. ), other innovative renewable resources industries, and develop the associated infrastructure in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. Through careful planning and adherence to regulatory requirements, the Project seeks to foster economic growth, support clean energy initiatives, and preserve the region's natural resources and biodiversity.

Contact Information

Name
Diana Robinson
Agency Name
Imperial County
Job Title
Planning Division Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Brawley, Calipatria, Niland
Counties
Imperial
Regions
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
N/A
Zip
N/A
State Highways
111
Railways
Calexico Subdivision UPRR
Airports
Calipatria Municipal
Schools
Calipatria High, Fremont Primary
Waterways
Alamo River, New River, Salton Sea

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California State Lands Commission (SLC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California State Lands Commission (SLC)
Development Types
Other (Specific Plan)
Local Actions
Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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