Recent Updates to Environmental Review
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.