County to begin General Plan Amendment proceedings for planned greenwaste composting site

Riverside County will begin the proceedings for a general plan amendment which will allow a large-scale greenwaste composting facility in the San Jacinto Valley.

A 3-0 Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote Feb. 7, with Chuck Washington absent and one vacancy, authorized the initiation of general plan amendment proceedings for a 202-acre site north of Ramona Expressway, south of Gilman Springs Road, and east of Bridge Street. The general plan amendment would change the land use designation from conservation to agriculture on the two legal parcels.

The proposed Conditional Use Permit to allow the greenwaste composting facility is being reviewed separately by county staff. The authorization to initiate the general plan amendment proceedings does not approve that permit, nor does it approve the general plan amendment at this time.

The site planning will take into account potential runoff and the Conditional Use Permit will mitigate potential impacts, so although the county’s General Plan Advisory Committee expressed concern about the site’s proximity to the San Jacinto River during the committee’s Sept. 8 meeting the advisory committee members unanimously recommended the commencement of the initiation proceedings. The Nov. 16 meeting of the county’s Planning Commission included sentiment that a large-scale commercial composting site would be consistent with other existing uses in the area, the site would be required to adhere with all state and local operating requirements,
the operators would be required to obtain all necessary permits before beginning operations and that the proposed Conditional Use Permit will undergo staff review and a public hearing.

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