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The Planning Department’s current pre‐qualified consultant pools with expertise in the preparation of environmental impact, transportation, historical resources, and archeological resources documents for both publicly and privately-sponsored projects, established in September 2012, will expire after two years on September 2014.

The Planning Department will be issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for As-Needed Consultant Services for Environmental, Transportation, Historic Resources, and Archeological Review in Summer 2014, in order to have the new pre‐qualified consultant pools in effect by September 2014.

The RFQ will be posted on the City’s Bids and Contracts Listing Database at http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication (select “Consultants and Professional Services” from the “Category” drop-down menu). If you wish to receive an email notification of RFQ availability, please subscribe to the Department’s email list for Contracting and Bid Opportunities.

Please note that the RFQ process is an independent and objective selection process, and consultation with the Environmental Review Officer (ERO) and Planning staff has no bearing on selection for the Planning Department’s pre‐qualified consultant pools.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming RFQ, please contact Danny Yeung at danny.yeung@sfgov.org.

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**On September 27, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 743 making changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Provisions of the bill affect the environmental review process in San Francisco, specifically how the Planning Department analyzes aesthetics, parking and traffic impacts. A memorandum to the Planning Commission was prepared by the Department summarizing SB 743's changes to CEQA:

What is Environmental Review?

The Environmental Planning Division of the Planning Department reviews projects for potential environmental impacts on the City of San Francisco and its residents, a process known as environmental review. 

Reviews are conducted pursuant to CEQA, Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, which provides guidelines for implementing the CEQA process. The reviews identify any potential adverse environmental effects of proposed actions, assesses their significance, and proposes measures to eliminate or mitigate significant impacts. Only certain smaller-scale actions identified by the state, known as Categorical Exemptions, are exempt from environmental review.

What is subject to Environmental Review?

Most development, infrastructure and transportation projects, proposed regulatory changes, and permitting applications are subject to the "environmental review process."

  • Local industrial, commercial, mixed use and residential developments or redevelopments
  • Local and regional transit and transportation projects
  • New or amended local, state, and federal rules and regulations

Current Documents for Public Review

Environmental Planning posts many documents for public review associated with the projects and proposed actions we are currently reviewing.

 
Last updated: 4/2/2014 1:33:53 PM