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Environmental Review

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) defines a General Plan Update as a “project.”   The “project” includes the changes in land use proposed by the General Plan, as well as capital projects and new or modified policies relating to topics such as transportation, housing, resource management, and safety.  It also includes the Draft Downtown Precise Plan.  CEQA requires that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be prepared if the “project” could potentially have significant impacts on the environment.  Thus, if the General Plan (or Precise Plan) facilitates increases in population and employment or changes to existing conditions, the impacts of the Plan on traffic, noise, wildlife, air and water quality, and similar factors must be considered.

This page has been established as the repository for all CEQA related documents pertaining to the General Plan and Precise Plan.  The Draft EIR will be posted to this site on January 7, 2021.  Comments on the DEIR will be accepted through March 9, 2021.  In addition, the San Rafael Planning Commission will be conducting a public hearing on the DEIR at 7 PM on March 9, 2021.  The public may participate via the City’s YouTube Live channel.  More details on the public hearing will be provided prior to the meeting.

Written comments on the EIR may be submitted via letter, addressed to:   Barry Miller, Consulting Project Manager.  City of San Rafael Community Development Department.  1400 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor.  San Rafael, California 94901, Phone: (415) 485-3423—or by email to: with “General Plan 2040 and Downtown Precise Plan EIR” as the subject line

Individual EIR Chapters

  1. Introduction
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Project Description
  4. Environmental Analysis
  5. Alternatives
  6. CEQA-Required Conclusions
  7. Acronyms-Abbreviations


Other Relevant Documents

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