To be published November 16, 2014

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

Public Workshop
December 3, 2014, 3:00 pm

San Antonio Building – Auditorium
(Santa Barbara County Public Health Department)
300 N. San Antonio Rd., 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 plans 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.

Public Workshops for the update were held in May, 2014 to solicit input from the public and stakeholders. The District will hold another public workshop, listed above, to provide a summary of the input received and present the options that the District is considering. Materials describing these options are available for review on the Greenhouse Gases and CEQA page of this website.  Workshop participants are encouraged to review these materials prior to the workshop, and to provide verbal and/or written comment to the District at the workshop. Written comments are requested by January 9, 2015.

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 News and Notices on this website, or contact Molly Pearson at (805) 961-8838.  To sign up to receive notices, please email [email protected].