Updating District Guidelines to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the California Environmental Quality Act

May 6, 2014, 3:00 pm – Santa Maria
Santa Maria Public Library, Shepard Hall 421 South McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA

May 8, 2014, 3:00 pm – Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery 40 East Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s Environmental Review Guidelines provide procedures for the District and other agencies to use when reviewing projects under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The District’s Guidelines are applied directly to projects for which the District is the lead agency under CEQA, including District permits, rules, and plans. The state’s CEQA guidelines have included a framework for addressing climate change impacts since 2010. The District proposes to update its Environmental Review Guidelines to include guidance for evaluating the significance of the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from new or modified stationary sources.

The District will lead the workshops listed above to provide the framework and gather input from stakeholders and the public. Draft revisions to the District’s Guidelines will be developed and presented at another public workshop for input. Proposed revisions and a summary of input from the public workshops will be reviewed by the District?s Community Advisory Council, and may be brought to the District’s Board for adoption.

The following individuals or groups may be interested in attending these workshops:

  • Proponents of projects with new or modified stationary sources of air pollution in Santa Barbara County;
  • Agencies in Santa Barbara County that serve as lead agencies under CEQA;
  • Concerned members of the public;
  • Agencies, organizations and industries involved in climate change/greenhouse gas impact evaluation and mitigation.

For additional information, please see this page on this website, or contact Molly Pearson at (805) 961-8838.  To sign up to receive notices, please email [email protected].

to be published Sunday, April 6, 2014