EL CENTRO – Imperial County Planning and Development Services is asking for public input as they begin to update the Geothermal/Alternative Energy and Transmission Element of the General Plan.
The General Plan acts as a guide for upcoming development projects. The Geothermal/Alternative Energy and Transmission Element specifically documents local geothermal resources, current developmental technology as well as policies on the exploration, development and transmission of geothermal energy.
The county will hold two meetings on Thursday, March 27th, the first being at Lions Recreation Center, 255 A St., Brawley from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and the second meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at County of Imperial Administrative Center Board Chambers, 940 Main St., El Centro. Both meetings will cover identical ground.
Community meetings held today will give the public a chance to voice their concerns and share their ideas on how to configure the update. Oftentimes, the public informs the county officials of issues and potential problems not considered by planners.
Challenges for the update include mapping locations of existing resources, identifying the most suitable areas for projects and targeting areas around or under the Salton Sea for renewable energy development and habitat conservation. Defining appropriate transmission corridors and protecting areas containing important biological, cultural and natural resources are additional challenges, according to a press release.
The deadline to complete the update and get it approved by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors is in spring 2015.