On August 28, 2003, the Project Owner, Calpine Corporation (Calpine), submitted a petition to the California Energy Commission requesting an Insignificant Project Change (IPC) to add a temporary parking/storage area for additional employee parking, soil storage, and other temporary storage purposes during project construction.
DESCRIPTION OF REQUEST
Add Temporary Parking/Storage Area: The site will be located on existing agricultural land. It is necessary for construction crafts parking and to store equipment, materials, and soil associated with construction. The property is a 4-acre rectangle located immediately to the west and contiguous to the existing 14-acre project laydown area. This site will require surface disturbance and erection of a perimeter fence on the three sides of the property not adjoining the existing laydown area. The topsoil from the property will be stored during construction and placed back on the site to restore the area to agricultural use upon completion of project construction.
Staff has determined that the proposed project changes will not have a significant effect on the environment when all applicable existing conditions are applied to the construction and use of the new parking/storage area. These require making appropriate revisions to the on-site Storm Water Pollution and Erosion Control Plan including the Best Management Practices proposed in the application. Calpine has agreed to follow specific procedures in the preparation and construction of the new parking/storage area to maintain compliance with Cultural Resources Condition of Certification CUL-6.
Condition VIS-5 requires temporary aesthetic screening for portions of the laydown area that may be visible to travelers on Monterey Road. The new parking/laydown area will be almost completely screened from Monterey Road by the screening that has been installed on the existing 14-acre parking/laydown area. However, at the request of the only neighbor who will be affected, to avoid obstructing his view, staff agrees that it will not be necessary to erect additional temporary screening for the new 4-acre parking/storage area. A six-foot high wire mesh fence will be acceptable.
Based on staff's recommendation, the Commission concludes that the proposed change will not result in any significant impact to public health and safety, or the environment. The Commission finds that:
A. There will be no new or additional unmitigated significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed changes.
B. The facility will remain in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards, subject to the provisions of the Public Resources Code section 25525.
C. The change will be beneficial to the public, applicant, or interveners. In this case, the amendment will be of benefit because the modification will provide additional parking and storage space needed for project construction.
D. There has been a substantial change in circumstances resulting in information that was not available to the parties prior to the Commission certification. The change is that there is insufficient parking and storage space on the existing project site for parking and storage of construction-related equipment and materials.
CONCLUSION AND ORDER
The California Energy Commission hereby adopts the staff's recommendation and approves the addition of a temporary parking/storage area to the Metcalf Energy Center Project.
IT IS SO ORDERED:
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
Date: December 17, 2003
WILLIAM J. KEESE