Certain land use actions are required to be reviewed for their potential effect on the environment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). If your project requires this review, you will be notified by staff. A separate fee is required for environmental review.
Upon review of your application, staff will make one of the following three determinations regarding environmental review:
1) That the project will not have a significant impact on the environment; or
2) That the project could have a significant impact on the environment but that certain mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project to preclude the impacts; or
3) That the project could have a significant effect on the environment and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) must be prepared. To the extent possible, environmental review of your project will occur concurrently with processing of the Site Plan Review Permit, however, if an EIR is necessary, action on the permit will be deferred. For more information on environmental review, please ask staff. Please note that many projects requiring a Site Plan Review Permit are exempt from environmental review. Check with staff to make sure.