NR 320 – EIR midterm 1

Purpose of RFP
-Provide interested consultant firms with information regarding services requested by city, county, community services district, etc.

-information will help firms prepare/submit proposals to get the job (prepare documents/provide services)

RFP includes… (4)
-general information
-proposed Scope of Work
-proposal content
-criterial for evaluation of proposal
General information section includes… (3) RFP
-purpose of project
-how to submit proposals
-contract amount
Scope of Work: includes (10) RFP
-understanding of project objective
-consultant methods
-document prep.
-staff meetings
-public hearings
-task timetable, cost estimates
Consultant methods
-general approach to evaluate issues
-description of procedures/analytical methods to be used
Doc. prep.
-cost estimates to print out environmental documents
-Draft project description and EIR outline
-Admin. draft EIR
-Draft EIR
-Admin. final EIR
-Final EIR
-who would do what, how long to do it
-firm’s qualifications
-past projects
-subcontractors methods, cooperation
-procedures to ensure close contact b/w consultant and project coordinator
-experience working with local gov.
-how you would produce independent objective, unbiased work product
-ability to produce unbiased, neutral environmental document
Initial Study (what is it)
Preliminary analysis prepared by Lead Agency to determine which one to be prepared:
-negative declaration
-mitigated negative dec.
Environmental Issues (14)
-ag. resources
-air quality
-biological resources
-cultural resources
-hazards/hazardous material
-public services
-land use
discretionary project
when management has the choice in implementing the project
Finding of no Significant Impact
-NEPA analysis, after environmental assessment
Land Use Planning: definition
process by which public agencies (local governments) determine intensity and geographical arrangement of various land uses.

-how it gets decided
-what does and doesn’t get built

CA Laws affecting Land use planning: (7)
-planning zoning and development law
-general plan law
-subdivision map act
-US & CA clean air act
-US & CA endangered species act
-US clean water act
CA Planning law
-requires counties and cities to have planning agency/legislative body, provides creation of planning commissions
-requires prep. of general plan
-requires implementation of general plan through plans and zoning and subdivision ordinances
General Plan
“blueprint” to guide decision making on future development and expresses long term community goals and public policy
Mandatory elements (6)
-land use
-conservation/open space
optional elements (4)
-parks and rec.
-offshore energy
Internal consistency
-all elements must be consistent with one another
-all elements of general plan must have equal legal status.
General plan amendments (rules)
-general plan can be amended 4 times per year
-exception is plan can be amended at any time for projects that provide affordable housing
Specific plans are…
-mini general plans for community or neighborhood
-bridge between general plan and zoning
-implement general plan
Design plans are…
intended to inform and guide property development in particular areas.
-implement general plan
Ministerial permits
-comply with zoning and building regulations
-approved administratively = no hearing!
Discretionary permits
-discretion by decision maker (approve, deny, or modify project)
-environmental review under CEQA
-referred to community advisory councils
passed by state legislature in 1970
Purposes of CEQA
-provide info about environmental impacts
-identify/prevent enviro. damage
-consider mitigation and alternatives
-public participation
-interagency coordination
Staff review
-list countywide planning goals
-provide overview of land use, circulation policies
-describe purpose and character for 13 land use categories
Land Use Ordinance
-contains development standards, permit procedures
-allowable use chart, definitions of land use
NEPA – what it is
-national charter for enviro. responsibility
-provides framework for enviro. planning by federal agencies
-action-forcing procedures that make federal agency decision-makers take enviro. factors into account
CEQA – what it is
-founded CA environmental law and policy
-like NEPA, but only applies to local/state agencies in CA
-provides procedure to disclose enviro. effects of proposed activities to decision-makers and public
-avoid or reduce enviro. effects through alternatives and mitigation measures
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
process to identify and evaluate potential effects of proposed actions on enviro. components
Environmental components
physical, biological, cultural, socioeconomic
Objectives of EIA (7)
-modify/improve design
-efficient resource use
-enhance social aspects
-identify key impacts and measures to mitigate them
-inform decision-making, condition setting
-avoid damage to enviro.
-protect human health/safety