Orange County Indigenous Land Use Planning


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Orange County Indigenous Land Use Planning
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding for a project to conduct planning with Tongva and Acjachemen tribal communities to further expanded tribal access, tribal participation in land management, and tribal land acquisition. The project will be implemented by Sacred Places Institute (SPI), which will hold educational workshops and listening sessions for tribal members. Workshops will provide information to build participants' capacity to participate in land use planning processes, including introducing new and emerging practices in comprehensive Indigenous land use planning. Workshops will include listening sessions to document tribal vision and needs concerning their homelands, focused on the project sites. The project sites include Crystal Cove State Park, Banning Ranch, Fairview Park, and several sites along the Santa Ana River, all located in Orange County. The project’s primary goal is to directly empower tribal governments and tribal community leaders--especially Elders and youth--to identify and advance land planning goals within their ancestral homelands.

Contact Information

Joel Gerwein
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Costa Mesa, Newport Beach
Other Location Info
The project will plan for multiple sites in Orange County, including Crystal Cove State Park, Banning Ranch, Fairview Park, and multiple sites to be determined along the Santa Ana River.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The planning effort will involve information collection and resource evaluation activities as part of a study leading to an action that has not yet been approved, adopted, or funded by a public agency, and these planning activities do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource.
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