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Alameda County, CA,

Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Proposed Policies, Plans and Ordinances

Community Climate Action Plan

Community Climate Action Plan to be considered by Board of Supervisors for General Plan Amendment on February 4, 2014

Since August 2009, County staff and consultants have been working to draft a community Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the unincorporated areas of Alameda County. These communities include Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward Acres, San Lorenzo, Sunol, and Rural East County.

The Final Draft CCAP contains objectives, measures and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from activities within the community such as:

  • Transportation choices (e.g. improving bicycle infrastructure and bus links)
  • Planning choices (e.g. encouraging higher density development near transit hubs and mixed use development)
  • Water conservation (e.g. efficient appliances and use of rainwater)
  • Waste diversion (e.g. improving recycling and composting services)
  • Building and public realm energy use (e.g. energy efficiency retrofits)
  • Green infrastructure (e.g. expanding the urban forest)

Many of these measures may have additional positive benefits for the local community such as improved air quality, reduced energy bills and traffic congestion, as well as global environmental benefits.

In June 2011, after numerous public hearings and workshops, the Board of Supervisors approved a Final Draft Climate Action Plan, the goal of which is to reduce Countywide greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the year 2020. The next step in the full approval process is to conduct an environmental review of the Draft Final plan pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to determine whether the Plan as written would result in any significant impacts to the environment, and if so, how those impacts may be mitigated.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on February 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. to consider the adoption of the Alameda County Community Climate Action Plan as an element of the Alameda County General Plan. The addition of the Community Climate Action Plan to the County General Plan as a new Element is intended to comply with Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 80% by the year 2050.

The proposed action constitutes an amendment to the General Plan, and includes approval of an Initial Study and adoption of a Negative Declaration pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. A Negative Declaration is a document prepared by the Lead Agency and circulated for public review, which states that the proposed action, if approved, would have no significant effect on the environment and that no mitigation measures or policy alterations would be required to protect environmental quality.

After the environmental analysis is conducted, reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors, the Climate Action Plan would become effective and would then be incorporated into the County General Plan.

Current Documents:

Climate Action Plan (CAP) - Public Meetings

A public hearing before the Alameda County Planning Commission will be held on Monday, the 15th day of July, 2013, beginning at 3:00 p.m., in Room 160, the Auditorium of the Alameda County Building, 224 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, California. All persons interested in the matter may appear and be heard at this meeting. A recommendation by the Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors may be made on that date.

Notices for this Public Hearing for the Environmental Analysis for the CCAP will be published here and in local newspapers, and will also be mailed to known interested parties and organizations. Further hearings before the Board of Supervisors are expected in the latter part of 2013.

Review Public Comments, Staff Reports, Minutes, and Presentation Material from our past meetings

Past Events and Notes:

Contact us:

Bruce Jensen
Alameda County Planning Department
224 West Winton Avenue
Room 111 Hayward, CA 94544

Tel: (510)670-5400
Fax: (510)785-8793

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