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The City of Blythe has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Edelweiss Sustainable Farms Project ("Project"). This notice residents and other interested parties with a summary of the Project, information regarding the availability of the DEIR for public review, and the timeframe for submitting comments on the Draft EIR. Comments must be submitted in writing according to the directions below.
Project Description: The Project site encompasses an area of approximately 34 acres within the City of Blythe south of Hobsonway, north of Interstate 10, west of Lovekin Boulevard and east of DeFrain Blvd. The proposed Project includes development of an indoor cannabis cultivation and processing facility, consisting of twelve buildings and associated infrastructure (retention, driveways, parking, landscaping, a primary gated access point, two emergency access points, and perimeter fencing). The applicant is requesting approval of a Site Plan as the entitlement. The Project also proposes approximately 1,200 linear feet of 8-inch PVC sewer pipes to be placed underground along Hobsonway to connect to existing City sewer infrastructure.
Significant Effects Discussed in the Draft EIR: The potential impacts of the Project were determined to be less than significant for the following topics: aesthetics, cultural resources, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, public services, transportation, tribal cultural resources, and utilities. The potential impacts of the Project were determined to be less than significant with mitigation measures for the following topics: air quality, biological resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, and hydrology and water quality. The analyses in the Draft EIR support a conclusion that the proposed Project does not have any significant unavoidable impacts. A records search confirmed that the property is not on any State lists of hazardous waste facilities, land designated as hazardous waste property, or hazardous waste disposal sites
This DEIR is available for a 45-day public review period beginning on May 18, 2022 and ending on July 5, 2022. The Draft EIR is available for public review at City Hall, located at 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225, and the Palo Verde Valley District Library, located at 125 W. Chanslorway, Blythe, CA 92225. In addition, the DEIR is available at the City's website at www.cityofblythe.ca.gov.
Please provide any comments in response to this notice (please note "Edelweiss Sustainable Farms DEIR" in the subject line) in writing by July 5, 2022 to:
Mallory Crecelius, Interim City Manager and City Clerk
City of Blythe
235 N. Broadway
Blythe, CA 92225
Or via email to: email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and other contact information in your comments.
The City of Blythe will accept Commercial Cannabis Business Permit Applications on an on-going basis for Cultivation, Manufacturing and Testing Labs.
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Notice is hereby given that the City of Blythe City Council will conduct a public hearing at 6:00pm on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The purpose of the public hearing will be to discuss the City of Blythe Housing Element Update. Per State law, the City must update its Housing Element to cover the housing planning period from 2021 to 2029. The City of Blythe is conducting an update to its existing Housing Element to address changing housing needs and to conform with State Law. The purpose of the public hearing will be to present the Housing Element Draft to the City Council for comments and recommendations prior to the submission of the draft to the Department of Housing and Community Development (“HCD”) for review.
Any person desiring to comment on the above project may do so in writing or may appear in person at the public hearing. The written comment period will start on June 29, 2022 and end on July 29, 2022. Written comments should be directed to Mallory Crecelius, City Clerk, 235 N. Broadway, Blythe, CA 92225, and be delivered by 2:00pm on July 29, 2022. Please reference the project name in all written correspondence.