World Logistics Center Project
Draft Environmental Impact Report
Chapter 3.0 Project Description 3-1
3.0 PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The project description is provided in this section of the EIR in conformance with
15124. It discusses the geographic setting, project location, project setting, City of MorenoValley General Plan designations, World Logistics Center (WLC) Specific Plan designations, zoningdesignations, project characteristics, project objectives, and discretionary actions required toimplement the proposed project. The project description is used as the basis for analyzing theproposed project’s impacts on the existing physical environment in Section 4.0 of the EIR.The term “World Logistics Center Project” refers to all related development and planning activitiescurrently proposed by Highland Fairview in the Rancho Belago area of the eastern end of the City ofMoreno Valley. The WLC property is generally located south of SR-60, east of Redlands Boulevard,west of Gilman Springs Road, and north of Mystic Lake and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. The terms“Project Site” or “Project Area”
refer to the entire 3,918-acre area covered by the EIR, whichencompasses: (a) the WLC Specific Plan Area (2,710 acres); (b) the CDFW Conservation Buffer Area(910 acres); (c) the Public Facilities Lands area (194 aces); and (d) the Off-site Improvement Area on104 acres. See Section 3.4 for more details on these specific areas.
3.1 PROJECT LOCATION
The project is located in “Rancho Belago,” the eastern portion of the City of Moreno Valley, innorthwestern Riverside County. The project site is immediately south of SR-60, between RedlandsBoulevard and Gilman Springs Road (the easterly city limit), extending to the southerly city limit.Figure 3.1 depicts the location of the proposed project within the region and the City of MorenoValley. The major roads that currently provide access to the project site are Redlands Boulevard,Theodore Street, Alessandro Boulevard, and Gilman Springs Road.The project area is located in portions of Sections 1, 12, and 13 of Township 3 South, Range 3 West;and portions of Sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 of Township 3 South, Range 2 West, asdepicted on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5-minute series
quadrangles. Figure 3.2 depicts the proposed project boundary on the applicable USGSquad sheets.
3.2 PROJECT SETTING AND HISTORY
3.2.1 Project Setting
The project site slopes gently (approximately 2%) from north to south, with elevations ranging fromapproximately 1,760 feet above mean sea level (amsl) at the northeast corner to 1,480 feet amsl atthe southeast corner. Soils within the proposed project consist of disturbed top soil and natural soils,with a mixture of various silty clays, sandy silts, silty sands, and sands.
3.2.2 On-site Land Uses
The project area is largely vacant undeveloped marginal agricultural land, with seven occupied single-family homes and associated ranch/farm buildings in various locations on the property. In the 1920s,several farm buildings and related houses were constructed on the property and, in the 1940s, astock farm operated on a portion of the site that was later expanded into a commercial horse farmand training facility that operated until the mid-1990s. The overall project site has been farmed by a