1. Impacts on Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch
As described above, Mile 18.6 to 20.3 of the proposed project would create a new permanent ROW, which would traverse the Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch and preclude long-term use of the Ranch's outdoor landscapes and sets. The lattice steel towers and conductors built under the proposed project would visually interfere with film operations. Operation of the new 500 kV lines would also result in corona noise, which would also interfere with audio recording during outdoor filming activities. These operational impacts resulting from the proposed project would obstruct, restrict, and interfere with filming activities and associated Ranch operations. By interfering with the Motion Picture Ranch's filming operations, the operation of the proposed project would negatively affect revenues for the Motion Picture Ranch by limiting the facility's current business activities. As proposed, no mitigation is available that could reduce the permanent impacts of the proposed project to Motion Picture Ranch revenues to less-than-significant levels. Under Visual Resources (see above), certain mitigation measures are proposed to reduce these impacts; however, the proposed project would result in significant and unavoidable visual impacts (Class I) that could result in long-term business revenue impacts to the Motion Picture Ranch.
However, a relocation of the route to Alternative 4 or Alternative 5 would eliminate these otherwise significant and unavoidable socioeconomic impacts on the Motion Picture Ranch.