Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Alta Mesa Wind Energy Project which includes Commercial WECS Permit No. 71R10 / Variance Case No. 200001 (WCS00071R10 / VAR200001).
The County of Riverside Planning Department will serve as the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will coordinate the public review of an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) that will evaluate the potential environmental impacts that may result from the proposed project and the implemented mitigated measures.
Commercial WECS Permit No. 71, Revised Permit No. 10 (WCS00071R10) is a proposal to install up to seven (7) new commercial wind turbines up to 499 feet in height with a total project generating capacity of 27 MW. These 7 new turbines would replace the 159 turbines currently on the site which are scheduled for decommissioning Q1 2021 under existing permits, including demolition permits issued by the County. The project also includes associated equipment such as existing on-site substation, temporary construction yard, and existing 220 kV transmission line. No work is proposed on existing interconnection line, and the project would use an existing access road from Haugen-Lehmann Way. Variance Case No. 200001 (VAR200001) proposes to eliminate the setbacks along the western and northern lot lines as required by Zoning Ordinance No. 348.
The Project site is located, in the unincorporated community of Whitewater Canyon, more specifically north of Interstate 10/Tamarack Road, east of Haugen-Lehmann Way, and west of Whitewater Canyon Road.
The comment period for the Notice of Completion is from December 23, 2020 to January 21, 2021.
Jay Olivas, Project Planner
Riverside County Planning Department
77588 El Duna Ct., Ste. H
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration Documents