Notice of Public Hearing and availability of a Final Environmental Impact Report for Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald


The Siskiyou County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., in the Miners Inn Convention Center Auditorium, 122 E Miner Street, Yreka, California to consider the following items:

• Proposed Conditional Use Permit to construct a caretaker’s residence associated with the Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant (UP-16-03)

• Proposed Final Environmental Impact Report for the Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant Project

The proposed project being considered by the Planning Commission consists of the construction of a caretaker’s residence to provide security for the Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant. This is the one discretionary County permit associated with the larger Crystal Geyser Bottling Plant Project, which will require discretionary approvals from other responsible agencies for the by-right operation of a beverage bottling facility and ancillary uses within an approximately 118-acre site formerly developed and operated as a water bottling plant. The larger proposed project consists of operational and physical changes to the former bottling plant facilities for the production of sparkling water, flavored water, juice beverages, and teas. The project site is located within unincorporated Siskiyou County, California, adjacent to the northern limits of City of Mt. Shasta. It is situated approximately 1,000 feet west of the North Mt. Shasta Boulevard/Ski Village Drive intersection at the address of 210 Ski Village Drive, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 (APNs: 037-060-030, -040, -050, -060; 037-070-060, -070, -080, -090, -210; 037-140-020, -090; and, 037-160-010, -020, -030).

The County has determined that the above project could have a significant effect on the environment; accordingly, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to analyze potential impacts. A Draft EIR was circulated for public review per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from January 12, 2017 to February 27, 2017. A Final EIR was prepared to respond to public comments received during the Draft EIR review period and is available for public review during normal business hours in the Community Development Department, 806 Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097, and online at The Final EIR found that impacts associated with the following issue areas would be less than significant or less than significant with mitigation: Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Land Use, Noise, Traffic and Circulation, Utilities, and Energy. The Final EIR concludes that the Proposed Project would have the following Significant and Unavoidable impact: the Proposed Project would result in emissions of GHGs that would contribute on a cumulative level to impacts associated with climate change. Additionally, should a solar array be designed and installed to reduce GHG emissions in accordance with recommended mitigation, significant and unavoidable impacts associated with aesthetics and glare would occur due to the necessary scale and size of the solar array that would be required.

The Planning Commission will consider the proposed Final EIR pursuant to §15090 of the State Guidelines for the Implementation of CEQA based on the record of evidence before them.

All publications are on file in the Planning Division Office for public review, and all interested persons are invited to attend the meeting and be heard on any agenda item. In addition, a staff report will be available at the Planning Division Office three working days prior to the Planning Commission meeting. The staff report and all attachments are available for review on the Siskiyou County’s web site at in Planning’s public documents section found at: Please contact Allan Calder, Director of Community Development, at the Siskiyou County Community Development Department at (530) 841-2100 on the day before the scheduled Public Hearing as to whether this item will be heard on that date or continued to another date.

All items presented to the Planning Commission during a public hearing, including but not limited to, letters, e-mail, petitions, photos, or maps, become a permanent part of the record and must be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission. It is advised that the presenter bring 12 copies of anything presented to the Commission and that the presenter create copies in advance for their own records.

If you challenge the Environmental Impact Report and/or Use Permit in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Clerk of the Planning Commission at, or to the Planning Division prior to, the public hearing.



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