Imperial County Development 2020
Imperial County Development 2020

Residential, Renewable Energy Projects Lead 2020 County Outlook

IMPERIAL COUNTY — Among the big projects planned for the unincorporated areas of Imperial County in 2020 is the further development of the Coyne Ranch residential community adjacent to Interstate 8 in the Seeley area.

Some 443 single-family units and 180 multi-family units are planned for 130 acres near Sunbeam Lake, according to information from the Imperial County Planning and Developmental Services Department.

Few details on the development were available from county officials, including a timeline on the project, due to a number of people being out of the office for the holidays, according to Linsey Dale, county public information officer.

Also unavailable were details on the Glamis Specific Plan project, a mixed-use development on 142 acres. It would include residential, commercial and recreational development. The project was named on a short list of developments to see significant advancement in 2020 by county Planning and Development but no other information was made available by deadline.

Among the green-energy projects working their way through Planning and Development are the Wister Solar Energy Project. It is a 20-megwatt solar farm being developed outside Niland near Highway 111 and Wilkins and Wiest roads on about 160 acres of privately owned land.

Further details and a timeline on the project weren’t immediately available from county officials, although the environmental review period wrapped up in mid-December, according to online documents.

County planning is also in the process of working on a 2,025-megawatt battery storage complex on 148 acres about eight miles southwest of El Centro. Dubbed the Westside Canal Battery Storage project, further information on the project was not available by deadline.

Finally, among the projects being touted to make advancements in 2020 by county planning officials, the department is processing an expansion of Desert Valley Company’s landfill some 12 miles west of Westmorland.

The project is listed as an 80-acre expansion of an existing 181-acre landfill site dedicated to geothermal-energy mining waste. According to environmental documents found online, Desert Valley Company is a subsidiary of CalEnergy geothermal operations, and the site is used to dispose of “nonhazardous waste streams and byproducts” from CalEnergy operations. No further details were available. The list of projects was provided by Michael Abraham, assistant county Planning and Development director


This story is featured in the Jan 02, 2020 e-Edition.

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