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2/18/2015 1:52:47 PM
New General Plan EIR Released - Comment Period Now OpenPost: Nathan
I just received this notice and wanted to pass it on. We will keep you informed of information that has been changed etc. once we get a chance to review it. Please review it on your own and feel free to give us feedback on what we can comment on or comment directly to the County yourself.

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Original Message:

Good Afternoon-

The County of Riverside is recirculating Draft Environmental Impact Report No. 521 (DEIR No. 521) along with the Draft General Plan Amendment No. 960 (GPA No. 960), and the Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP).  The NOA is attached for your reference.  The Planning Department is soliciting comments from February 21, 2015 through April 6, 2015 on the recirculated DEIR No. 521 in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act, Section 15088.5 Recirculation of an EIR Prior to Certification.

As you may recall, DEIR No. 521 was previously circulated for public review along with the Draft GPA No. 960 and Draft CAP from May 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014.  The circulation garnered a substantial amount of comments from government and regulatory agencies, interest groups, and Riverside County citizens, which resulted in changes to the documents.  Additionally, several changes to the documents occurred in order to update the document to most accurately reflect the existing conditions of the County, and to further analyze impacts associated with the General Plan Amendment. The following is a summary of the changes:

Draft General Plan Amendment No. 960:

  • Data corrections to the Lakeview Nuevo Area Plan to reflect the removal of Specific Plan No. 342. 

  • Removal of the Lakeview Mountains Policy Area from the Lakeview Nuevo Area Plan.

  • Addition of language clarifying the Wine Country Community Plan (GPA 1077) in relation to the Southwest Area Plan.

  • Addition of language clarifying Airport Land Use consistency and Mixed Use Planning Areas.

  • Addition of Policy S 1.4 requiring the County to implement the County of Riverside Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  • Addition of Policy OS 4.9 discouraging development within watercourses and areas within 100 feet of riparian vegetation.

  • Minor modifications to text and policies as a result of comments received during the circulation of the draft document.

Draft EIR No. 521:

  • The Draft EIR was updated to better reflect the existing conditions within the County.

  • Several analysis sections of the Draft EIR were further refined in order to reflect changes associated with the updated background information. These sections included Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, Biological Resources, Transportation and Circulation, Water Resources, and Cumulative Impacts.

  • All analysis sections were updated where relevant to maintain consistency with any changes made in the Draft General Plan Update and Draft Climate Action Plan.

Draft Climate Action Plan:

  • The Draft Climate Action Plan was updated with new implementation measures.

Although comments submitted during the previous comment period do not require a written response, it should be noted that these comments are part of the administrative record and were taken into consideration while drafting the revised document.  Any comments made during the May/June 2014 public comment period will be included in the administrative record; however they will not be addressed in the Response to Comments.  Per Section 15088.5(f)(1) of the CEQA Guidelines, only those comments submitted in response to the recirculated Environmental Impact Report will receive a formal written response in the Response to Comments as a part of the Final EIR.

In order to clearly display all of the changes that have been made during the General Plan Update Process, text has been formatted to show changes made in each step of the process. This includes:

  • Black Text: General Plan text prior to GPA No. 960, DEIR No. 521 text and CAP text.

  • Red Text: GPA No. 960 text proposed as part of the March 2014 document.

  • Blue Text: Changes in the GPA No. 960, DEIR No. 521 and CAP documents made after the May/June 2014 public comment period.

The color coding of the edits allows the reader to distinguish more clearly between the original General Plan text, the previously proposed March 2014 revisions (red) and the new (blue) February 2015 proposed revisions to GPA No. 960, DEIR No. 521 and the Climate Action Plan.  

The aforementioned recirculated documents may be viewed on-line at http://planning.rctlma.org/  beginning February 21, 2015.


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