Programmatic Climate Action Plan and Environmental Permit Streamlining
Permit Streamlining Project
The City's Climate Action Plan has broad community support and includes many recommended actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It lacks necessary elements for use as a state-sanctioned CEQA permit streamlining tool, however. To remedy this, in February 2012, City Staff was authorized by the City Council at a public meeting to seek grant funds from California's Strategic Growth Council to prepare a programmatic CAP. The City was awarded funds, and in January 2013, at a public meeting, the City Council accepted contract following a Staff presentation. In September 2013, the City Council at a public meeting following a Staff presentation, authorized City Staff to hire PMC, Inc as the project consultant, and to begin work to create a Programmatic CAP.
Through the Permit Streamlining Project (otherwise known as a Programmatic or Qualitative CAP), the City seeks to streamline the City’s permitting process, as it applies to CEQA-based greenhouse gas emission assessments. This will be accomplished by quantifying anticipated GHG reductions, and to identify, implement and monitor community actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project also includes converting current development-related City policies to practical codes and ordinances, and to create a Unified Design Manual containing development prototypes, making the associated codes and ordinances easy to understand, thereby ensuring their effectiveness in achieving the goals of the CAP. The creation of these tools in a programmatic fashion is encouraged and supported by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The project does not circumvent CEQA, but rather front-loads the required assessment in a manner that benefits the community, creating efficient government operations, early community member involvement, and an incentive for needed land uses to locate in the City.
Opportunties for Public Involvement
If you have questions, comments or would like to participate in this Project, please send your name and physical mailing address (not just an email address) to firstname.lastname@example.org