Documents filed under Washington’s environmental review process reveal a list of projects in the works for the Mid-Columbia.
The State Environmental Review Act, or SEPA, often provides the first look at the mixed-use projects, mini storage facilities, apartments, industrial expansions, subdivisions and more that are working their way through the various planning departments of Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.
Here’s a look at projects that appeared in the SEPA register in the past month.
Farmland Reserve Inc. proposes improvements to an existing cattle feedlot to improve wastewater containment.
The Riverbend Feedlot project includes changes to the existing feed lot infrastructure, which has a 35,000-head capacity, and modifications of pens, facilities and existing water and waste systems for more efficient management.
Construction and modification to the cattle hospital area, feedlot solid and liquid waste handling facilities, scales, office and accessory structures also are planned.
The feedlot is 3.5 miles north of the Columbia River, east of Interstate 82 and south of Coffin Road, near the south end of Nine Canyon Road.
The Benton County Planning Division reviewed the proposed project for probable adverse environmental impacts and expected to issue a determination of non-significance, or mitigated determination of non-significance.
Amy Ford of Ford Group LLC is seeking to change zoning to general commercial, from commercial community, and to build a 20,000-square-foot warehouse and 5,000 square-foot office. The site can accommodate a future 11,250-square-foot warehouse and 2,400-square-foot office building.
New construction is valued at $2.6 million.
The city of Kennewick determined the project will not have a probable impact on the environment in a decision released Dec. 22, 2022. The property near the intersection of South Steptoe Street and West Clearwater Avenue is undeveloped.
Benton County proposes building a 150-foot raised boardwalk to extend the existing Two Rivers Park Nature Trail.
The project is being reviewed for potential environmental impacts by the Benton County Planning Division. It will require a Benton County shoreline substantial development permit, special flood hazard development permit and a building/grading permit.
Unincorporated Benton County
Boulder, Colorado-based Horse Heaven Energy LLC, aka Scout Clean Energy/Quinnbrook Infrastructure Partners, proposes building a renewable energy facility skirting Kennewick to the south with a nameplate generating capacity of up to 1,150 megawatts. It would use both wind turbines and solar panels.
The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the massive project on Dec. 19, 2022. Comments are due by Feb. 1, 2023.
The project would involve nearly 72,500 acres of leased land in unincorporated Benton County, running from the south of Kennewick to south of Prosser.
The project will not total more than 244 turbines, depending on the height and type of turbine selected, and three solar arrays.
The draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) is available at bit.ly/HorseHeavenDEIS and at the Mid-Columbia Libraries branches in Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser and West Richland. It is also available at the Richland Public Library and the Washington State Library in Tumwater.
Jason Smith and Gary Christensen plan to build a 2,400-square-foot Jack in the Box fast food restaurant at 701 Wine Country Road, Prosser, at the corner of Gap Road, west of Interstate 82.
The project will have 34 parking spots and a drive-thru.
The city of Prosser indicated it expects to issue a mitigated determination of non-significance for the project under the state’s Environmental Policy Act.
Aqtera Engineering proposes developing a neighborhood with 19 single-family lots, 89 townhome lots and five open space tracts and associated streets on two parcels south of and adjacent to Kenne Road at Queensgate Drive in south Richland.
The project site has 36 acres. A public hearing was held Jan. 9.
The city expects to issue a determination of non-significance for the project under the state Environmental Policy Act.
The property is owned by Columbia Valley Property Holdings LLC, based in Redmond.
Steve Culbert of Culbert Construction proposes to create a gravel yard to export approximately 2,700 cubic yards of excess material from a site west of Highway 12 and north of East “A” Street.
The site is vacant. The property could be used as an express parking and storage yard in the future.
Malin Bergstrom of Bergstrom Aircraft is proposing to construct a 30,000-gallon above ground fuel storage tank. If approved, it will be within an existing fuel storage facility at the Tri-Cities Airport.
The tank was expected to be installed around mid-January.
Remprex LLC of Lisle, Illinois, proposes to establish a truck-rail facility at Burbank on property owned by Union Pacific Railroad.
UP previously received approval for a project to convert an existing freight facility into an intermodal terminal at an existing 200,000-square-foot warehouse.
Rail spurs and grading work were completed in 2017, but the commercial vehicle parking area, communications tower and office space were not, and the facility was not brought into use.
Tiger Cool Express proposes to amend the original plan to improve parking and create areas to stack empty containers. Its project would use less concrete and asphalt, it said.
Walla Walla County issued a determination of non-significance on Dec. 15, 2022.
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