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Notice of Preparation (NOP) for Specific Plan (SP) No. 396

NOP for SP No. 396 - Comment Period: January 12, 2018 to February 12, 2018

Notice of Preparation (NOP) for Environmental Impact Report (EIR No. 553) for General Plan Amendment No. 1220, Conditional Use Permit No. 3773,  and Specific Plan No. 396 

See the links below to access documents related to the NOP:

Notice of Preparation
Site Photo Exhibit

Comment Period

The comment period for the Notice of Preparation is from January 12, 2018 to February 12, 2018.

Scoping Session

A public scoping session will be held to accept comments from responsible agencies and the public about the scope and content of the EIR on Monday January 22, 2018, at 1:30 pm, at 4080 Lemon Street, 1st Floor, Conference Room 2A, Riverside, CA 92501

Project Information


The project site comprises approximately 163 acres.  The Project consists of nine racetracks for varying ages and expertise levels, sites for car and RV parking, concession stands, restrooms, seating an operations office, eight desilting basins for drainage, and the ongoing sand extraction and mine reclamation.  One access point is proposed off Highway 71, requiring right turns to both enter and exit the Project site. 
The proposed project to be analyzed in the EIR is divided between two phases, a southerly Phase I located on the southern portion of the site, includes five racetracks, designated parking areas, and pedestrian/spectator areas. Phase 2, located on the northern portion of the site, includes four racetracks, designated parking areas, and grandstands to accommodate for large events. 

General Plan Amendment No. 1220 proposes to change the project site’s General Plan Land Use from Open Space Mineral resources (OS-MIN) to Open Space Recreation (OS-REC).

Specific Plan No. 396 proposes to establish a framework for the development of an off-road motorsports facility.

Conditional Use Permit No. 3773 is for an off road motorsports facility consisting of several off-road motocross tracks, and a short course off road track for race trucks and UTV’s. 

The project was previously a surface mine (RCL113) “The Prado Pit”. The mine produced asphalt, concrete and other inert fill material. The majority of the site is vacant; however, there are activities of sand extraction and mine reclamation that will be phased out by 2036.  The site is currently used for concrete and dirt/sand dumping operations.


The project site is located at 11091 Highway 71, westerly of Highway 71 and the Prado Dam, and northerly of the 91 Freeway.

Contact Information

Brett Dawson, Contract Planner

Riverside County Planning Department
4080 Lemon St., 12th Floor
Riverside, CA  92501
(951) 955-0972