2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update and CEQA Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Significance Thresholds

Summary

SCH Number
2020060438
Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo, City of (City of San Luis Obispo)
Document Title
2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update and CEQA Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Significance Thresholds
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Received
Project Applicant
City of San Luis Obispo
Present Land Use
Citywide

Document Description
The City proposes to adopt a 2020 CAP Update, which is organized into six pillars, each of which includes a long-term goal, measures, and foundational actions. Altogether, these CAP Update measures and foundational actions are intended to reduce communitywide GHG emissions by 43 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and by 66 percent below 1990 levels by 2035, which provides substantial progress toward meeting the City carbon neutrality goal while exceeding in time the State carbon neutrality goal. However, full implementation of the CAP Update would leave a gap of approximately 111,030 MTCO2e per year that would still need to be addressed to achieve carbon neutrality. As such, the CAP Update acknowledges that additional actions beyond those identified in the plan will be necessary to achieve carbon neutrality and, therefore, provides a mechanism for updating and adopting a new climate action plan connected to the biennial financial plan cycle. This allows for certainty in the updated schedule, ensures that the carbon neutrality work is directly tied to the City’s financial decision making and prioritization process and allows for constant integration of learning, best practices, and new measures and technologies to further the City toward meeting its goal of carbon neutrality. Furthermore, in order to execute the CAP, City staff would implement the following administrative actions: regularly update the CAP; monitor and report CAP implementation; ensure transparency by reporting GHG and CAP information to public disclosure programs; and develop a mitigation program for new development to illustrate consistency with the CAP. In addition, the City proposes to adopt quantitative CEQA GHG Emissions Thresholds for use in evaluating whether a plan or project’s GHG emissions would result in a potentially significant environmental impact under CEQA for plans or projects with pre-2030 buildout or initial operation years. The CEQA GHG Emissions Thresholds would be applied to plans or projects that cannot tier from the environmental analysis for the City’s CAP Update due to one of the following circumstances: - The plan or project would not be consistent with the 2014 General Plan land use and zoning designations for the project site and would result in greater GHG emissions than existing on-site development; or - The plan or project would not be consistent with the CEQA GHG Emissions Analysis Compliance Checklist.

Contact Information
Teresa McClish
City of San Luis Obispo
919 Palm Street Community Development Department
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Phone : (805) 783-7840
tmcclish@slocity.org

Location

Cities
San Luis Obispo
Counties
San Luis Obispo
Regions
Citywide Southern California
Cross Streets
Citywide
Zip
93401
State Highways
101, 1, 227
Railways
UPRR
Airports
San Luis Obispo County Regional
Schools
All schools (high school, middle school, elementary), Cal Poly
Waterways
San Luis Obispo Creek and tributaries
Base
MDBM
Other Location Info
Citywide

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Local Action
Climate Action Plan, GHG Thresholds
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Housing Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Tribal Cultural Resources Land Use Cumulative Effects Other Energy, Utilities
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 5 California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics California Department of Water Resources California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 California State Lands Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights

Attachments

Environmental Document
Env Summary Form   PDF 579 K NOA_CAP_GHG   PDF 100 K Project Description   PDF 90 K SLO CAP Update+GHG Thresholds Draft IS-ND   PDF 2056 K SLO CEQA GHG Thresholds+Guidance Final Rpt   PDF 1103 K
NOC
NOC_CAP_GHG   PDF 316 K

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