Kern Council of Governments 2022 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Program Environmental Impact Report
EIR - Draft EIR
The Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), as Lead Agency, is publishing this Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).
The 2022 RTP/SCS is a regional planning document that provides policy guidance to local jurisdictions within Kern County. Specifically, it necessitates preparation of a Program EIR, which is a “first-tier” CEQA document designed to consider “broad policy alternatives and program wide mitigation measures” (State CEQA Guidelines Sec. 15168). The programmatic environmental analysis for the Program EIR will evaluate environmental effects, such as direct and indirect effects, growth-inducing impacts, and cumulative impacts, and will include mitigation measures to offset any identified potentially significant adverse environmental effects. In addition, the Program EIR will supply the foundation for subsequent, site-specific environmental reviews that will be conducted by implementation agencies, as projects in the RTP/SCS are developed (State CEQA Guidelines Sec. 15385).
The RTP/SCS Program EIR will provide an opportunity to inform decision makers and the public about potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the RTP/SCS and alternatives. This first-tier regional-scale environmental analysis will also help local agencies evaluate and reduce direct and indirect impacts, growth-inducing impacts, and cumulative environmental effects with respect to local projects.
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
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2022 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy
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