safety element S-5: Hazardous Materials

Only areas below are considered part of the General Plan.

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are used every day in industrial, commercial, medical, and residential applications. The primary concern associated with a hazardous materials release is the short- and/or long-term effect to the public from exposure to these substances. Although compared to other cities in southern California, Menifee has a relatively low number of sites that generate, use, or store hazardous materials, it is still critical to plan for hazardous materials in order to ensure public safety. See Exhibit bS-4, Hazardous Materials Sites, for the location of hazardous material sites in Menifee.


  • S-5: A community that has reduced the potential for hazardous materials contamination.


  • S-5.1: Locate facilities involved in the production, use, storage, transport, or disposal of hazardous materials away from land uses that may be adversely impacted by such activities and areas susceptible to impacts or damage from a natural disaster.
  • S-5.2: Ensure that the Fire Department can continue to respond safely and effectively to a hazardous materials incident in the city, whether it is a spill at a permitted facility, or the result of an accident along a section of the freeway or railroads that extend across the city.
  • S-5.3: Continue to support the operation of programs and recycling centers that accept hazardous substances, such as paint, paint thinner, used waste oil, etc.
  • S-5.4: Ensure that all facilities that handle hazardous materials comply with federal and state laws pertaining to the management of hazardous wastes and materials.
  • S-5.5: Require facilities that handle hazardous materials to implement mitigation measures that reduce the risks associated with hazardous material production, storage, and disposal.
  • S-5.6: Require all new industrial development projects and significant rehabilitation or expansion projects to reduce industrial truck idling by enforcing California’s five (5) minute maximum law, requiring warehouse and distribution facilities to provide adequate on-site truck parking, and requiring refrigerated warehouses to provide generators for refrigerated trucks. Require air pollution point sources to be located at safe distances from sensitive sites such as homes and schools.

General Plan Exhibits