The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires governmental agencies to inform decision-makers and the public about the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects or decisions, and reduce those impacts to the extent feasible.
The Housing Element Update is subject to CEQA and the Town prepared a Negative Declaration upon its initial adoption of the Housing Element in January 2023, but before proceeding any further with policy and ordinance adoption, the Town has to conduct a full CEQA analysis. A CEQA analysis will evaluate the potential environmental impact of all selected opportunity sites at varying levels of project development and will recommend mitigation measures for significant impacts, as required.
CEQA has a public review component and the Town will engage the public in the process along the way. All polices, programs, zone changes and changes to opportunity sites must be evaluated as part of CEQA.