Notice of Completion (NOC) for an Environmental Impact Report for Stoneridge Commerce Center which includes Specific Plan No. 239 Amendment No. 1 (SP00239A01), General Plan Amendment No. 190008 (GPA190008) and Change of Zone No. 1900024 (CZ1900024) SCH#2020040325
The comment period for the Notice of Completion is from April 8, 2022 to May 23, 2022.
PROJECT SUMMARY: 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 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will evaluate the potential significant environmental impacts that may result from the proposed project. Richland Developers Inc (project proponent) is proposing to process the above referenced entitlement actions through Riverside County which proposes two separate land use plans for the 582.6-acre site. The “Primary Land Use Plan” anticipates that the Project would be constructed with Ramona Expressway providing primary access from the north and Nuevo Road providing access from the south, and that the site would be developed with up to 3888.5 acres of Light Industrial land uses, 49.1 acres of Business Park land uses, 8.0 acres of Commercial Retail land uses, Open Space – Conservation on 18.1 acres, Open Space – Conservation Habitat on 81.6 acres, and major roadways on 37.3 acres. Pursuant to Amendment No. 1 to Specific Plan No. 239 (SP 239A1), Light Industrial and Business Park land uses may be developed at a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) up to 0.50, while Commercial Retail land uses can be developed at a FAR up to 0.35. However, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is currently planning the construction of a regional transportation facility, the “Mid-County Parkway (MCP),” a segment of which, along with an interchange, are planned to traverse the northwestern portions of the Project site. The MCP is a long-range transportation improvement by RCTC; however, the RCTC has not secured or identified funding for the segment of the MCP which traverses the Project area, and therefore the timing of this segment of the MCP and the associated interchange is unknown at this time. In addition, and due to environmental, economic, right of way, or other factors, it is possible that RCTC ultimately may not construct the MCP in this portion of Riverside County. Notwithstanding, the “Alternative Land Use Plan” anticipates that the MCP would be constructed through the northwest portions of the site, in which case the site would be developed with 388.5 acres of Light Industrial land uses, 51.5 acres of Business Park land uses (of which 8.5 acres would be within the alignment of the MCP and would not be developed with Business Park land uses), 8.5 acres of Commercial Retail land uses (of which 0.2 acre would occur within the alignment of the MCP and would not be developed with Commercial Retail land uses), 18.1 acres of Open Space – Conservation, 81.6 acres of Open Space – Conservation Habitat, and 34.4 acres of major roadways. As with the Primary Land Use Plan, the Alternative Land Use Plan would allow for development of Light Industrial and Business Park uses at a maximum FAR of 0.50, while Commercial Retail land uses could be developed at a maximum FAR of 0.35. Thus, in order to accommodate both the potential for the future construction of the MCP while also providing for development of the site in the event the MCP is not constructed as currently planned by RCTC, the two land use concepts are evaluated for the site throughout the Stoneridge Commerce Center EIR at an equal level of detail.
PROJECT LOCATION: The Specific Plan area is located south of Ramona Expressway, north of Nuevo Road, east of Foothill Drive, and west of the future extension of Menifee Road.