Buttonbush Solar Project

Summary

SCH Number
2024041028
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Buttonbush Solar Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Present Land Use
Agricultural Land/Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture)/General Plan: 8.4 (Mineral Petroleum)
Document Description
The proposed Buttonbush Solar Project would include the construction and operation of a photovoltaic (PV) solar facility and associated infrastructure to generate up to 2 gigawatts (GW) of alternating current (AC) power with an up to 2 GW energy storage system. Implementation of the project as proposed includes the following requests: Site 1: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 17, Map 98 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. Conditional Use Permit No. 19, Map 98 to allow for the construction and operation of a microwave tower within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.F of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. c. General Plan Amendment No. 4, Map 98 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries of Sections 1, 11, 12 of Township 29 South, Range 23 East, MDB&M. d. Specific Plan Amendments No. 5, Map 98 to the Circulation Element of the Buttonwillow Community Development Specific Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries 11 and 12 of Township 29 South, Range 23 East, MDB&M. e. Conditional Use Permit No. 25, Map 99 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. f. General Plan Amendment No. 8, Map No. 99 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries of Sections 6 and 7 of Township 29 South and Range 24 East, MDB&M. g. Specific Plan Amendments No. 9, Map 99 to the Circulation Element of the Buttonwillow Community Development Specific Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries of Sections 7 of Township 29 South and Range 24 East, MDB&M. h. Cancellation of approximately 2,069 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 2: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 14, Map 77 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 10, Map 77 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries of Sections 33 of Township 28 South and Range 23 East, MDB&M. c. Conditional Use Permit No. 18, Map 98 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. d. Cancellation of approximately 413 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 3: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 15, Map 77 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 11, Map 77 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in Sections 28, 29, and 33 of Township 28 South and Range 23 East, MDB&M. Site 4: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 16, Map 77 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 12, Map 77 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in section 27 of Township 28 South and Range 23 East, MDB&M. c. Cancellation of approximately 611acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 5: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 26, Map 99 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. Conditional Use Permit No. 27, Map 99 to allow for the construction and operation of a microwave tower within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.F of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. c. General Plan Amendment No. 10, Map 99 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in sections 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, of Township 29 South and Range 24 East, MDB&M. d. Conditional Use Permit No. 61, Map 100 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. e. General Plan Amendment No. 31, Map 100 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in section 7 of Township 29 South and Range 25 East, MDB&M. f. Cancellation of approximately 2,694 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 6: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 17, Map 78 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 10, Map 78 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in sections 23, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35 of Township 28 South and Range 24 East, MDB&M. c. Cancellation of approximately 1,646 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 7: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 18, Map 78 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 11, Map 78 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in section 19 of Township 28 South and Range 24 East, MDB&M. c. Cancellation of approximately 480 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts. Site 8: a. Conditional Use Permit No. 12, Map 54 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. b. General Plan Amendment No. 1, Map 54 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in section 33 and 34 of Township 27 South and Range 23 East, MDB&M. c. Conditional Use Permit No. 17, Map 77 to allow for the construction and operation of a commercial-scale solar facility within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.G of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. d. Conditional Use Permit No. 18, Map 77 to allow for the construction and operation of a microwave tower within the A (Exclusive Agriculture) Zone District pursuant to Section 19.12.030.F of the Kern County Zoning Ordinance. e. General Plan Amendment No. 13, Map 77 to the Circulation Element of the Kern County General Plan to remove future road reservations on the section and mid-section lines within the project boundaries in sections 1, 3, 4, 5, and 11 of Township 28 South and Range 23 East, MDB&M. f. Cancellation of approximately 2,921 acres of active Williamson Act Land Use Contracts.

Contact Information

Name
Jamal Ferguson
Agency Name
Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
Job Title
Planner I
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Unincorporated Area
Counties
Kern
Regions
Unincorporated
Zip
93313
Total Acres
12,785
Jobs
500
Parcel #
Multiple
State Highways
I-5
Railways
N/A
Airports
N/A
Schools
Buttonwillow Elementary, Oak Hills Christrian Academy
Waterways
N/A
Township
Multi
Range
Multi
Section
Multi
Base
MDBM

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), 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 6 (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, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, 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 Conservation (DOC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Development Types
Other (Battery Energy Storage; 2,000 MW), Power:Solar (Megawatts 2000)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Use Permit, Land Use Contract Cancellation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, 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, 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

Attachments

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 Agency(ies)]

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