Project Title:CEQA Guidelines Revisions 2020
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Project Location:Countywide
Assigned Staff and Division:

Julie Harris, Long Range Planning Division

Status

The revisions to the County CEQA Guidelines (County Guidelines) and Environmental Thresholds and Guidelines Manual (ETM) will be reviewed by the County Board of Supervisors at a hearing on September 15, 2020. The staff report will be available to view before the hearing here

Description

Pursuant to Section 15022(c) of the State CEQA Guidelines (which directs each public agency to adopt objectives, criteria, and specific procedures consistent with CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines), the proposed project includes minor procedural revisions to the County Guidelines and the ETM (linked below) to bring administrative practices into alignment with revisions to the State CEQA Guidelines that took effect in 2019. The proposed project also includes the following minor amendments: (1) revisions to the procedures in the County Guidelines for adopting revisions to the ETM, (2) clarification of existing County procedures, (3) clarification of the quality of life guidelines, and (4) revisions to the noise thresholds.  

Background

In 1988, the Board of Supervisors adopted the County Guidelines and the ETM, replacing earlier versions of these documents. Since then, the County has periodically revised the County Guidelines and the ETM for a variety of reasons, including, for example, in response to a specific Board request, or when changes to the State CEQA Guidelines warranted an update to the County Guidelines for conformity (CEQA Guidelines Section 15022(c)). The County Guidelines and the ETM have been revised several times since 1988. 

Timeline

County Planning Commission

July 29, 2020


Documents

Staff Report Attachment 2 - County Guidelines revisions

Staff Report Attachment 3 - Environmental Thresholds Manual revisions

Additional Information

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