Branford Point Development Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Merced
Document Title
Branford Point Development Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Ag residential (Merced County) and Community Plan (City of Merced). The site is currently vacant/fallow.
Document Description
The Project Applicant is proposing a General Plan Amendment, Annexation, Rezone/Prezone, and a Tentative Subdivision Map (TSM) to facilitate the development of approximately 48 acres into a mixed-use development project. The Project will feature a variety of uses including, multi-family housing, commercial, hospitality and research and development office spaces. Residential development is proposed on lots 1 – 4 and 9 – 10 of the TSM while commercial development is proposed over lots 5 – 8 of the TSM. The proposal features several different types of housing for a total of up to 700 residential units at buildout and is broken down as follows: affordable housing – maximum of 98 units; apartments – maximum of 372 units; and townhomes – maximum of 230 units. The proposed Project also includes up to 16.1 acres of commercial development (for a total of approximately 778,853 square feet of commercial area). The commercial developments will occur in the proposed Regional/Central Commercial Zone (C-C), which allows a diversity of commercial and residential uses. The commercial facilities are located to provide efficient accessibility to residents of the Project and the surrounding areas. Various other infrastructure improvements (water, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, roadway improvements, and related improvements) will be required by the Project.

Contact Information

Kim Espinosa
Agency Name
City of Merced
Job Title
Temporary Director of Development Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
Bellevue Road and Lake Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
UC Merced

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 Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Natural Resources Agency, 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 11, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Residential (multi-family residences)(Units 700, Acres 30), Commercial (mix of commercial uses)(Sq. Ft. 778853, Acres 16.1, Employees 50)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Rezone, Prezone, Land Division (Subdivision, etc.), Annexation
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, 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, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


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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