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UPDATE: Pass Residents Attend County Scoping Session on 'I-10 Gateway Center'

Submitted photo of Beaumont and Cherry Valley residents among people waiting for a county planning hearing to start in downtown Riverside, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.
Submitted photo of Beaumont and Cherry Valley residents among people waiting for a county planning hearing to start in downtown Riverside, Monday Jan. 27, 2014.
Update 11:30 a.m. The county planning department has updated the Environmental Impact Report consultant for the "I-10 Gateway Center" project as Christine Jacobs-Donoghue of First Carbon Solutions.

The contact number for First Carbon Solutions is 909-884-2255, and the street address is 621 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 100, San Bernardino CA 92408, according to county project planner Paul Rull.

A Notification of Preparation period for the project began Jan. 6 and will run 45 days to conclude Feb. 19, according to county staff.

Posted 2:40 p.m. Several residents of Beaumont and Cherry Valley attended a Riverside County Planning Department scoping session Monday to hear more about a proposed "I-10 Gateway Center" that includes an industrial distribution facility with two buildings totaling 2.56 million square feet.

The planned facility will be located "on 246.5 gross acres, of which approximately 171.1 acres would be developed as part of the project," north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, east of Interstate 10, and west of Vineland Street, according to county planning department records.

The agenda item for the scoping hearings lists the following:

Area Plan: The Pass

Zoning District:  Cherry Valley

Supervisorial District:  Fifth

Project Planner: Paul Rull

Environmental Impact Report No. 534

Applicant: TSG Cherry Valley, LLP

Environmental Impact Report Consultant: Michael Brandman Associates

The purpose of the scoping session is described by county planning department staff as follows:

"Pursuant to Sections 15060 and 15081 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, the County of Riverside has concluded that implementation of the proposed project could have a direct or indirect impact on the environment.

"Accordingly, the County has determined that preparation and evaluation of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the project is warranted."

As part of the Notification of Preparation process, TSG Cherry Valley requested the scoping session to brief the county planning director, the public, "and all responsible and trustee agencies" on the nature and extent of the project, and to allow the planning director and the public to identify issues that should be addressed in the environmental impact report, according to county staff.

"The scoping session is not a public hearing on the merits of the proposed project and the planning director will not be taking an action on the project," the county staff report for the scoping session states.

The Notification of Preparation period began Jan. 6, will run 45 days to conclude Feb. 19, according to county staff.

About 20 residents waited outside a meeting room for the scoping session, where it was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside, according to two who called Banning-Beaumont Patch.

To view the entire scoping session staff report visit http://planning.rctlma.org/Portals/0/hearings/dh/dh2014/agendas/rdh_012714/01-27-14_DH-AGENDA.pdf.
Martin William Pistilli January 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM
there is enough of these warehouse type industrial building in many other areas that are just sitting empty. enough said

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