Stand-alone Air Quality Projects Experience

Project Experience

Stand-alone Air Quality Projects

Eastview Specific Plan AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Galt 

The Eastview Specific Plan project consists of a mixed residential development, including parks, open space, schools, minor commercial and public facilities, and associated infrastructure on approximately 337 acres.  Requested entitlements included Annexation, Pre-zoning, General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan Approval, Vesting Tentative Map(s), and creation of a Mello-Roos or other special financing district.  Raney, under contract with the City of Galt, prepared an EIR to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project and provide associated planning services.  Potential environmental impacts analyzed in the EIR include aesthetics, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, agricultural and forestry resources, noise, population and housing, public services and utilities, and transportation and circulation. Raney needed to analyze possible hazard issues from the project site’s history of being used as agriculture land with possible soil contamination. The Specific Plan and Annexation area included both participating and non-participating properties. The EIR addressed the non-participating properties at a program-level while a project-level analysis was prepared for the Liberty Ranch portion of the project. The EIR was further prepared to serve Sacramento County LAFCo at the time of processing the annexation.  Raney and staff had been in close coordination with LAFCo staff regarding the annexation boundaries, process and EIR.  In addition, Raney assisted City staff with application routing, agency coordination, public outreach, preparation of staff reports, and project management. Both the project has been approved and the EIR has been certified. It should be noted that Raney is currently under contract to prepare and process the annexation application for submittal to LAFCo.

Vineyards at Sand Creek – City of Antioch

The proposed project is located in the Sandcreek Focus Area of southern Antioch. The project consists of a 650-unit residential development, parks, and associated infrastructure on approximately 130 acres. Requested project entitlements included a General Plan Amendment from Business Park to Residential, Rezone from Study Zone to Planned Development District with a Master Development Plan, Development Agreement, Vesting Tentative Map, Use Permit, and Design Review. Raney was under contract with the City to provide planning assistance in the review and processing of the project application. In addition, Raney was under contract with the City to prepare an EIR for the project. The EIR addressed all CEQA sections, including Aesthetics, Agricultural Resources, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Land Use and Planning/ Population and Housing, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services and Utilities / Recreation, and Transportation and Circulation. Of particular note is how the proposed project interfaced and potentially impacted Sand Creek. In addition, the project required major roadway and infrastructure improvements that required coordination on timing of improvements with each phase of the project. Raney prepared and presented the Planning Commission and City Council staff reports, as well as assisted with preparation of the necessary ordinances and resolution. The EIR has been certified and the project approved.

NewBridge Specific Plan AQ Mitigation Plan & GHG Reduction Plan

The NewBridge Specific Plan Project is located in Sacramento County consisted of a comprehensive land use and regulatory framework to guide development within the approximately 1,095-acre site. At buildout, the proposed project would provide approximately 3,075 dwelling units, accommodate approximately 8,118 residents, add approximately 500,000 square feet of retail, office, and mixed-use space, and provide approximately 2,530 permanent jobs. The applicant for the project requested Raney prepare an Air Quality Mitigation Plan (AQMP) and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (GHG RP). 

Auburn Creekside Shopping Center AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Auburn

The proposed Auburn Creekside Shopping Center project consists of the construction of a 155,000 square-foot commercial shopping center complex. The project site is comprised of approximately 18.62 acres, located north of downtown Auburn in Placer County, along State Route 49.  The undeveloped project site contained sensitive biological resources, including oak woodland habitat and a perennial tributary to Rock Creek. Surrounding uses include a Target store, self-storage facility, and apartments and single-family residences.

Raney, under contract with the County, prepared a project-level EIR for the Shopping Center project.  The primary environmental issues associated with the proposed project include aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, public services, transportation and circulation, and utilities and service systems. A few notable aspects of the EIR analysis include the technical noise analysis, which determined that traffic noise level increases from the proposed project would require the applicant to resurface an adjacent road with rubberized asphalt or pervious pavement to mitigated traffic noise at the nearby residential receptors. In addition, due to the project’s proximity to State Route 49, a detailed traffic analysis of the State’s highway system (and local street system) was conducted, and mitigation requirements were identified in consultation with the County and Caltrans, to ensure that all roadway impacts would be mitigated to the maximum extent practicable. Further, as discussed above, the project site contains sensitive biological resources, which required extensive technical analysis to ensure that the project’s impacts to these resources would be fully mitigated. The EIR included an analysis of the total impact acreage to oak woodland canopy and jurisdictional waters of the U.S. Mitigation was developed to provide replacement habitat on-site in combination with payment of fees toward creation of off-site habitat.

Another notable example would be the EIR’s robust analysis of the County’s sewer collection system to determine its adequacy to accommodate the wastewater generated by the proposed project. The technical sewer analysis prepared for the project include an evaluation of project and cumulative impacts. It was determined that the project would require upsizing of several sewer pipes, some of which are located in sensitive habitat areas. The EIR included analysis of these off-site sewer pipe alignments to determine if physical environmental impacts could result from pipe upsizing. The EIR has been certified and the project approved.

Roseville Lifetime Fitness AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Roseville

The proposed project consisted of the construction of a new two-story fitness, family recreation, and resort/spa center in the City of Roseville. The center will include a 120,000 square foot facility, 110,000 square foot outdoor tennis area, a 58,500-square foot pool deck/ detached bistro, and a 12,000-square foot child center area. Proposed amenities include men’s and women’s locker rooms, family lockers, life spa/salon, medi-spa, Life Café, recreation area, lounge, gymnasium/basketball courts, activity room, training studio, childcare, indoor lap pool/leisure pool, two whirlpool spas, sauna, sales and administrative offices, laundry room, rock climbing wall, and pro shop. The project site is located on Parcel 14 of the Stoneridge Specific Plan (SSP), at the intersection of Roseville Parkway and Secret Ravine Parkway. Project entitlements included a Specific Plan Text Amendment, Zoning Text Amendment, Conditional Use Permit, and a Design Review Permit.

Arco/Starbucks AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Galt

The Arco/Starbucks project was located at 12821 East Stockton Boulevard in the City of Galt, California. The applicant proposed to construct an Arco and AM/PM with a 3,171- square foot convenience store and an eight (8) dispenser, 16-pump fueling station. In addition, the proposed project included a 2,200-sf Starbucks with a drive-thru on the remaining portion of the site. The project required a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate the convenience store and drive-thru. The applicant additionally requested a parcel map to split the 1.06 acre lot to create a 14,287-sf parcel to accommodate the Starbucks and a 31,188-sf parcel for the Arco AM/PM. The Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Impact Analysis was prepared consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and City of Galt. The Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Technical Study has since been provided to the City of Galt for incorporation into a larger CEQA document.

Fruitridge Industrial Warehouse AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Sacramento 

The proposed project would include demolition of the existing 12,840-sf building and the construction of a 246,676 sf, 39.5 ft high concrete, tilt-up warehouse building. Two depressed loading docks would be constructed on the east side of the proposed building and a retaining wall would be constructed along the western boundary of the project site. In addition, underground storm drain piping, a detention basin, and a storm drain lift station pump would be constructed. The project would include the widening of Fruitridge Road along the project site’s frontage and dedication of ROW. Two driveways are situated on Fruitridge Road for site ingress and egress. The project would include a total of 255 parking spaces, as well as 8 bicycle lockers for bicycle parking. Raney prepared the IS/MND which was approved along with the proposed warehouse.

Galt Utility Master Plan AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Galt

Raney, under contract with the City of Galt, prepared an Initial Study for the City’s Utilities Master Plan, comprised of a Wastewater Collection System Master Plan, Water Distribution System Master Plan, and Storm Drainage System Master Plan.  The City prepared and adopted the Utilities Master Plan in order to meet the anticipated new demand associated with the 2030 General Plan update.  According to the General Plan, the service area will increase from approximately 3,763 acres to approximately 8,817 acres at full build-out of the General Plan boundaries.  The Initial Study was prepared to provide program-level mitigation addressing what each future project would need to comply with in order to minimize the need for future environmental documents. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration was approved along with the Utilities Master Plan.

Blessed Extracts AQ/GHG Analysis – City of Davis  

The applicant is seeking to initially operate an approximately 4,800-sf office, cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility and laboratory within an existing building with plans to expand to approximately 10,300 s.f. within one to two years, or to sublet the additional space to another manufacturer or manufacturers. The laboratory plans to extract cannabis chemicals using both butane and CO2 extraction. The facility will require fume hoods for exhaust, lab benches, bio-matter disposal and chemical storage, as well as a Class 1, Division 1, ignition/spark proof extraction area for butane extraction. In addition, the facility will require shipping and receiving access. The project requires the approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) due to the amount of hazardous material to be stored on-site. Blessed Extracts will provide volatile substance identification and quantities to Raney, and anticipates utilizing the maximum allowed per fire control area. Raney has provided two different approaches for the purposes of providing CEQA compliance for the Blessed Extracts Manufacturing Facility and Lab project. Option A is to prepare either an IS/ND or MND to analyze the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed project. The IS/ND or MND will be prepared using the checklist contained in Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines and the standard City of Davis format. Option B is to prepare an extensive Initial Study checklist consistent with Appendix G of the CEQA Guidelines to support a Categorical Exemption (CE). The possibility exists that the project could qualify as being exempt from CEQA (e.g., Class 1 Exempting Existing Facilities). For either option, Raney anticipates that the key issue areas, which may require a more in-depth discussion in the Initial Study, will include but not be limited to air quality & greenhouse gases and hazards & hazardous materials.

Whispering Pines AQ/GHG Analysis – Natural Passages, LLC. 

The Whispering Pines project site consisted of 120 acres and is currently undeveloped with numerous trees and a semi-developed trail system throughout the site. The applicant proposed to operate a conservation cemetery, a green burial site managed as a forest restoration and conservation property. The project included the development of new trails, a parking lot, gate house, gazebo, and a maintenance shed. Raney coordinated with the El Dorado County Air Pollution Control District (EDCAPCD) throughout the development of the Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas technical study to ensure consistency with EDCAPCD regulations. Raney has since completed the study for Natural Passage to use in an application for a special use permit.

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