Environmental Documents & Notices

State law (California Environmental Quality Act) requires that all cities evaluate and consider the potential effect on the environment of projects they undertake directly, such as a capital works project, or for a private entity where the City approves an application.

If the City determines the project may have a significant effect on the environment, the City must prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR):

  • Describing the effect of the project on the environment
  • Suggesting "mitigation measures" to reduce the effect
  • Evaluating alternatives to the project which may have less effect on the environment

If the City determines the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, a (Mitigated) Negative Declaration is prepared stating the reasons why the project will not have a significant effect and suggested mitigation measures.

The EIR or (Mitigated) Negative Declaration must be certified or adopted by the City's decision-making body. Before the document is certified or approved, the City must:

  • Provide a draft copy for public review
  • Include comments that the City received on the draft, and the City's response to them

Resources

California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines and Statutes
Planning Director Memorandum to Planning Commission

PUBLIC REVIEW

(Mitigated) Negative Declarations and EIRs that are now in the public review process are listed below:

Escondido Canyon Park to Murphy Way Connector Project 

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA) Draft Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed trail project (CDP No. 16-074) public review and comment period ended April 4, 2019. The Initial Study and its appendices can be viewed online: 

la paz ranch project

Addendum No. 2 - December 2019

Visit the La Paz Ranch project webpage for more information on the project.

Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements Project

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA) Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration public review period for this project ended February 24, 2019. The initial study and its appendices can be viewed online: 

MRCA Planning Documents - Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements

Seaboard Road Extension Project

Visit the Seaboard Road Extension project webpage for updates on the EIR.