General Plan and Energy and Conservation Action Strategy EIR

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The complete General Plan Update and Energy and Conservation Action Strategy (ECAS) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was certified on August 11, 2015.  The complete EIR includes the Draft EIR and Technical Appendices, the Final EIR, the Additional Analysis for Changes to the Draft General Plan, and the Addendum to the Final EIR.  

Draft Environmental Impact Report:  The General Plan and ECAS Draft Environmental Impact Report was prepared and published on October 25, 2013 (SCH# 2011022043).  The Draft EIR  identified significant environmental impacts related to Aesthetics (alteration of visual character and scenic vistas; light & glare); Agricultural Resources (farmland conversion); Air Quality (construction and operation); Biological Resources (construction; habitat loss; wetland impacts); Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Hydrology and Water Quality (construction impacts, flooding); Noise (traffic, construction, school); Population and Housing (infrastructure extension/growth); and Traffic and Transportation.  Mitigation measures identified in the Draft EIR reduce many of the significant impacts to less-than-significant levels. Significant and unavoidable impacts are identified in Aesthetics, Agriculture, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology and Water Quality, Population and Housing, and Traffic and Transportation.  

Final Environmental Impact Report:  The General Plan and ECAS Final Environmental Impact Report was prepared and published on June 12, 2014. The Final EIR includes revisions to mitigation measures identified in the Draft EIR, and to proposed General Plan policies and actions including those revisions made in response to extensive comments received on the Draft EIR.  Even with the approval of the required mitigation measures, the Final EIR recognizes that the project has the potential to generate 50 significant environmental impacts in the areas of Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Population and Housing, and Traffic and Transportation.  

Significant and unavoidable impacts typically result when:

  1. There is no feasible mitigation available; 
  2. When a mitigation measure does not have a secured funding mechanism for its implementation; 
  3. It is outside the jurisdiction of the City; and/or
  4. When the final effectiveness of proposed mitigation measures cannot be adequately determined to permit a finding of less-than-significant.  

CEQA Memo – Additional Analysis for Changes to the General Plan:  The Draft EIR and ECAS documents were further amended by the Planning Commission’s recommendations to the City Council in the Fall of 2014 and by the City Council’s direction in January 2015. City staff and consultants prepared additional environmental information and analysis following the City Council’s direction in January 2015.  On February 27, 2015, this additional analysis was published on the General Plan Update Website, and on March 24, 2015, was presented to the City Council for its consideration.  The additional analysis considers whether the Draft EIR, as amended by the Final EIR, prepared on the proposed General Plan and ECAS is adequate to cover the proposed final changes to the project.  The proposed changes to the General Plan are identified in the analysis. 

Most of the land use changes to the General Plan occur in the East of Leisure Town Road Growth Area.  These changes do not increase development capacity of this area and thus potential development potential would be reduced from the amounts disclosed in the Draft EIR.  For example, traffic to and from the East of Leisure Town Growth Area would be reduced by 12-13 percent when compared to the traffic anticipated in the Draft EIR.  Other land use and policy changes also will not increase the development capacity or result in greater impacts than identified in the Draft EIR.  

The final revisions to the General Plan will reduce impacts associated with the project.  The final revisions result in no new significant effects.  The Draft EIR adequately addresses the effects of the final revised General Plan and no recirculation of the environmental documents is required.  

Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report:

 In response to a  letter submitted on behalf of the Solano Orderly Growth Committee on  March 23, 2015, the  Draft EIR was amended to include additional mitigation measures identified in this report and to provide additional and/or clarifying language.   In each case, the revised page and location on the page is identified, followed by the textual, tabular, or graphical revision. None of the changes constitute significant changes to the Draft EIR, so the Draft EIR does not need to be recirculated for additional review and comment.