San Diego Forward: The 2019 Federal Regional Transportation Plan


SCH Number
Lead Agency
State Water Resources Control Board
Document Title
San Diego Forward: The 2019 Federal Regional Transportation Plan
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
On February 22, 2019, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved an action plan to develop a bold new vision for the 2021 Regional Plan, with the goal of transforming the way people and goods move throughout the San Diego region. While work progresses to develop a 2021 Regional Plan that will combine all state and federal law requirements into one document, SANDAG has concurrently been developing San Diego Forward: The 2019 Federal Regional Transportation Plan (2019 Federal RTP) to comply with federal requirements, including air quality conformity, to meet a December 2019 deadline based in federal law. The 2019 Federal RTP carries forward the projects, programs, and policies included in the 2015 Regional Plan, while development of the 2021 Regional Plan continues. The 2019 Federal RTP uses the latest modeling tools and Regional Growth Forecast as well as updated costs and revenue assumptions and meets all federal RTP requirements. The 2019 Federal RTP also includes the Air Quality Conformity Determination demonstrating the 2019 Federal RTP's conformity with the State Implementation Plans for air quality, in accordance with the Transportation Conformity Requirements in 40 C.F.R. 51 and 93, as required by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

Contact Information
Nancy Ritter
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 449-5651


South Lake Tahoe
El Dorado

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Government Code Section 65080(d)(2)(e) as amended by Assembly Bill 1730 (AB 1730)
Reasons for Exemption
AB 1730 (Gonzalez), which was signed into law on October 8, 2019, amends California Government Code Section 65080(d) to state that SANDAG's update to the 2015 regional transportation plan, "submitted to federal agencies for purposes of compliance with federal laws applicable to regional transportation plans and air quality conformity .. . shall not constitute a project for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act." By adding this language in California Government Code Section 65080(d)(2)(e), the California Legislature codified its intent that the 2019 Federal RTP be statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act


Notice of Exemption
2019110123 San Diego Foward 2019   PDF 1441 K

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