Public hearing: Estill Ranches, LLC



The Lassen County Planning Commission solicits the aid of public agencies and the general public in consideration of the following item:

Applicant:                        Estill Ranches, LLC (John and Lani Estill)

File:                                    GW2020-001, Groundwater Exportation Application

Project:             Proposal to export an annual maximum of 504.4 acre-feet of groundwater (at a rate of 3.0 CFS) from the Lassen County portion of the Surprise Valley groundwater basin (Bulletin 118 basin #6-001) to the Washoe County, Nevada portion of the same basin, for irrigation of 129 acres of land in Nevada. Pursuant to Lassen County Code Chapter 17.01, a permit is required for this proposal. The two proposed points of diversion serving the export are located at Latitude 41°09’43” N Longitude 120°00’56” W and Latitude 41°09’59” N Longitude 120°01’54” W, with the point of use at Latitude 41°09’07” N and Longitude 119°59’32” W. The Environmental Review Officer has determined that this project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines.

Project Site

(Point of diversion):            The proposed points of diversion are in portions of Section 10 and Section 14, Township 38 North, Range 17 East, M.D.B. and M, which are located in Surprise Valley (Bulletin 118 basin #6-001). This is approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the northeastern most corner of Lassen County (junction of the Lassen County, Modoc County, and Nevada borders) at 748-925 Bare Ranch Road, California.

Point of Use:            The proposed point of use is a portion of Section 29, Township 38 North, Range 18 East, M.D.B. and M., which is located in Washoe County, Nevada.

Zoning:            The project site (point of diversion) is zoned U-C-2-A-P (Upland Conservation/Resource Management District, Agricultural Preserve Combining District) and is designated Extensive Agriculture by the Lassen County General Plan, 2000.

A.P.N.:                        011-040-03, 011-080-02.

Staff Contact:                        Cortney Flather, Natural Resources Technician

As the advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and then make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed Groundwater Exportation Application at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1205 Main St., Susanville, CA. A public hearing will be held by the Board of Supervisors at a future date. All interested persons are invited to attend the meeting and be heard, or to submit comments to the Department of Planning and Building Services, 707 Nevada Street, Susanville, CA 96130.

For the County of Lassen,

Maurice L. Anderson, Secretary

Lassen County Planning Commission