CEQA Policy and Review

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

** Aug. 10, 2016 - You may have reached this web page in error because of a link provided in a notice placed on the Federal Register by the Bureau of Reclamation regarding the City of San Diego public notice of preparation for the Pure Water San Diego Program, North City Project EIR/EIS Project No. 499612. Please use the following link to redirect you to the correct document location on the City of San Diego noticing web page:

Aug. 4, 2016 - PDF icon (University, Mira Mesa, Scripps Miramar Ranch, Clairemont Mesa, Linda Vista, Kearny Mesa, Tierrasanta, Navajo) Pure Water San Diego Program, North City Project EIR/EIS / Project No. 499612 / NOP EIR & Distribution List Public Review ends: 30 days from the date of Notice  **

Draft CEQA Documents

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

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

Final CEQA Documents

Notices of Right to Appeal Environmental Determinations

Helpful Links

Staff Contacts