Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2021 Regional Plan

As part of the development of the 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG prepared a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which was circulated for public review and comment from August 27 through October 11, 2021. 

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What is an EIR?

The draft EIR will assess how, if implemented, the 2021 Regional Plan will impact resources like air quality, water, land use, biological resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and more. As part of the analysis, the draft EIR includes environmental mitigation tactics to ensure a balanced approach. It will also identify environmental impacts without the implementation of the 2021 Regional Plan (No Project Alternative) such as greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, vehicle miles traveled, and additional alternatives to further reduce environmental impacts. This draft EIR provides information to decision makers, members of the public, and public agencies, so that informed decisions can be made about the 2021 Regional Plan. 

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Executive Summary:

Title Page and Table of Contents
Executive Summary (Español


Chapter 1.0 – Introduction
Chapter 2.0 – Project Description
Chapter 3.0 – Environmental Setting
Chapter 4.0 – Environmental Impact Analysis Approach
Chapter 4.1 – Aesthetics and Visual Resources
Chapter 4.2 – Agricultural and Forestry Resources
Chapter 4.3 – Air Quality
Chapter 4.4 – Biological Resources
Chapter 4.5 – Cultural Resources
Chapter 4.6 – Energy
Chapter 4.7 – Geology, Soils, and Paleontological Resources
Chapter 4.8 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 4.9 – Hazards and Hazardous Materials
Chapter 4.10 – Hydrology and Water Quality
Chapter 4.11 – Land Use
Chapter 4.12 – Mineral Resources
Chapter 4.13 – Noise and Vibration
Chapter 4.14 – Population and Housing
Chapter 4.15 – Public Services and Utilities
Chapter 4.16 – Transportation
Chapter 4.17 – Tribal Cultural Resources
Chapter 4.18 – Water Supply
Chapter 4.19 – Wildfire
Chapter 5.0 – Cumulative Impact Analysis
Chapter 6.0 – Alternatives Analysis
Chapter 7.0 – Other Considerations Required by CEQA
Chapter 8.0 – References
Chapter 9.0 – Preparers of the Environmental Document


Appendix A – Notice of Preparation
Appendix B – Transportation Projects and Phasing Tables (Español
Appendix C – Climate Change Projections, Impacts, and Adaptation
Appendix D – Air Quality Technical Report
Appendix E – Biological Resources Appendix
Appendix F – Energy Appendix
Appendix G – GWP Summaries Using AR4 and AR5 Values
Appendix H – Appendix X of the Proposed Plan; 2016 GHG Emissions Inventory and Projections for the San Diego Region
Appendix I – Appendix F of the Proposed Pan; Regional Growth Forecasts and Sustainable Communities Strategy Land Use Pattern
Appendix J – Analysis of Potential for Conflicts Between the 2021 Regional Plan and Adopted Local Plans to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Appendix K – Appendix B of the Proposed Plan; Implementation Actions
Appendix L – Subregional Plan Consistency Analysis
Appendix M – Mineral Resources Appendix
Appendix N – Noise Contour Maps
Appendix O – Alternatives Data

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this document is available in alternate formats by contacting the SANDAG ADA Coordinator, the Director of Diversity and Equity, at (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY).   

En cumplimiento con la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA, por sus siglas en inglés), usted puede solicitar este documento en formatos alternos, contactando al Coordinador de ADA de SANDAG, Director de Diversidad y Equidad, al (619) 699-1900 o (619) 699-1904 (TTY). 

Draft EIR public comment period

The public comment period has closed for the draft EIR for San Diego Forward: the 2021 Regional Plan (2021 Regional Plan). The Board of Directors is scheduled to consider certification of the final EIR and adoption of the 2021 Regional Plan in December 2021. Sign up to receive email notification of future Board of Directors’ agendas. To receive email updates about the 2021 Regional Plan, subscribe at SDForward.com/subscribe.