Vacaville City Council to consider denial of battery storage center – The Vacaville Reporter

A request from city staff to deny a request to amend the city code to allow a battery storage building on the outskirts of town will be presented to Vacaville City Council at its meeting on Tuesday.

This same request was to be presented to the Board at its June 14 meeting, but was removed from the agenda on the day of the meeting for unknown reasons. Like last time, the staff’s recommendation is to deny the request.

According to a staff report from Community Development Manager Erin Morris, Sacramento-based Corby Energy Storage LLC is proposing to initiate a zoning enactment amendment for a new technology park zoning district on a site currently zoned for agricultural. The amendment would allow the construction of a 300 megawatt battery energy storage system on a 24-acre portion of a vacant 160-acre parcel at the southeast corner of North Meridian and Midway roads.

The site would include an onsite substation, inverters and other ancillary equipment such as fencing, roads and a monitoring and data acquisition control system, according to Corby’s project summary included in the report. Staff. It would also include a 230 kilovolt overhead generation tie line that would connect to the Pacific Gas & Electric Vaca-Dixon substation on Quinn Road.

In 2015, the council approved an updated master plan that included a new “technology park” designation, which Morris says applies to sites of at least 100 acres with land uses that include technology centers. offices, research and development facilities, technological facilities and medical and institutional centers. It only applies to the northeast growth area along the Interstate 80 corridor, she wrote.

“The Northeast Growth Area will primarily be developed with job-generating uses such as high-quality office, industrial uses and technology campuses,” Morris wrote.

In 2020, the city launched an initiative to bring more biotechnology and biomanufacturing companies to town, and Morris wrote that areas designated as “business park”, “industrial park” and “technology park” are essential for this objective.

“Potential projects located within these designations must be consistent with the city’s overall plan and the Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing initiative,” she wrote.

Morris wrote that city staff were asking to deny the rezoning request because they felt it “conflicts with various policies in the general plan to support robust economic development in Vacaville and would be inconsistent with the city’s biotechnology and advanced manufacturing initiative.

These particular policies include requiring that the Northeast Growth Area be designed for its intended uses, that technology parks be at least 100 acres in size, and that specific plans be created for development in the Northeast Growth Area. northeast.

They also require that diagrams be submitted showing the distribution of land uses and define permitted and conditionally permitted land uses, phases, infrastructure funding mechanisms, interim fire protection measures, major public facilities such as as schools, parks, roads, water, sewers and drainage. facilities and any other items that may be necessary to “ensure an orderly development process with minimum negative impacts on the existing community”.

“The plaintiff’s proposed TP zoning ordinance does not comply with this policy because it only defines three permitted land uses: BESS facilities, minor/major telecommunications facilities, and grazing or agriculture or l ‘arboriculture,’ Morris wrote. “In accordance with the objective of General Plan LU-18, the city is required to ensure that development in the Northeast Growth Area is orderly, well-planned and balanced. The proposed amendment would not achieve this objective.

Additionally, Morris reaffirmed that the city is focused on its biotech and biomanufacturing initiatives for the Northeast Growth Area and that a battery storage facility would not help the city achieve those goals or support general economic development opportunities.

“While this would create temporary construction jobs and increase property tax revenue, it would not generate permanent jobs and most new uses would create the same or better increases in property tax revenue,” she wrote. “While the use of battery storage is valuable to Vacaville and surrounding areas, it could be built on alternate sites that would not compromise the success of the Northeast Growth Area planning effort.”

In other business, the council will consider funding for its City Coach transportation service and appoint a new deputy mayor for the remainder of the 2022 term. Because he is running for mayor, Vice Mayor Jason Roberts has asked at the last council meeting to appoint another council member to serve as vice-mayor so that he does not have to serve while he stands for election.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall Council Chambers, 650 Merchant Street. The meeting can also be viewed online at Ci.vacaville.ca.us/government/agendas-and-minutes and Youtube.com/user/CityofVacaville.

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