The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires public agencies document and consider the potential environmental effects of any agency actions that meet CEQA's definition of a "project":
Guidelines for an agency's implementation of CEQA are found in the "CEQA Guidelines" (Title 14, Chapter 3, California Code of Regulations).
If a project is not exempt from CEQA, the agency evaluates the potential environmental effects with an initial study that:
If the initial study does not identify significant effects or identifies mitigation measures to reduce all of the significant effects to a less than significant level, the agency may prepare a Negative Declaration. If this is not the case, the agency must prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The agency may also decide to proceed directly with the preparation of an EIR without preparation of an Initial Study.
The applicant, Arch Road L.P., proposes to further subdivide approximately 325 acres (“project site”) of its 495-acre property. The project site is comprised on two non-adjacent portions:
The entire property is presently zoned for the development of industrial uses, “as of right,” within the City of Stockton. The proposed subdivision will not enlarge nor change the industrial development already allowed on the property. Therefore, the “project” consists of simply further subdividing the northern and southern portions of the project site:
(i) the approximately 50-acre southern portion located along Arch Road would be subdivided into 6 new lots; this parcel is 56 gross acres, however 6 acres are setback for Weber Slough and will be avoided by the project, and
(ii) the approximately 275-acre northern portion located along Mariposa Road would be subdivided into 15 new lots (total).
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/19/2015