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CEQA Policy and Review

Picture of the CEQA and Environmental Planning Section

The City’s environmental review process is established by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The California Environmental Quality Act was enacted in 1970, and is similar to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The City’s Municipal Code specifically assigns the responsibility for implementation of CEQA to the Planning Department and is charged with maintaining independence and objectivity in its review and analysis of the environmental consequences of development projects under its purview.

The CEQA & Policy Review Section reviews City (public) projects and other actions under CEQA for potential environmental impacts; prepares environmental documents; directs the work of outside environmental consultants; and works with public project applicants and stakeholders to ensure that all feasible environmental mitigation measures or project alternatives are incorporated to minimize or preclude adverse impacts to the environment. In addition, the CEQA and Policy Review section works with the Development Services Department to provide CEQA training to community planning groups.


PDF icon City of San Diego California Environmental Quality Act Significance Determination Thresholds

PDF icon Climate Action Plan Consistency Checklist

CEQA Documents

Draft CEQA Documents

Public Notice of the Preparation of a PEIR and a Scoping Meeting

Final CEQA Documents

The Master Plan Update, Natural Resources Management Plan and Community Plan Technical Amendments can be reviewed here.

For the Vernal Pool HCP and associated documents, see Vernal Pool Habitat Conservation Plan

Notices of Right to Appeal Environmental Determinations

Helpful Links

Staff Contacts

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