What is the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)?
SCAG’s PEIR is an environmental report that will analyze and disclose potential impacts of the Connect SoCal plan on the environment. The report is required under law by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SCAG’s PEIR will provide a region-wide assessment of potential significant environmental effects of Connect SoCal as well as consider broad policy alternatives and program-wide mitigation measures. More importantly, the PEIR provides a foundation for subsequent, project-specific environmental reviews that will be conducted by local implementation agencies.
What will the PEIR Analyze?
The PEIR is a programmatic document that will analyze potential effects of Connect SoCal on the environment. Although the Connect SoCal plan includes many transportation projects, the PEIR does not specifically analyze environmental effects of any individual transportation or development project. Project-level environmental analyses will be prepared by implementing agencies on a project-by-project basis as projects proceed through the design and decision-making process. SCAG’s PEIR will analyze:
Aesthetics and Views
Agricultural and Forestry Resources
Biological Resources and Open Space
Geology, Soils and Mineral Resources
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change
Tribal Cultural Resources
Hazards and Hazardous Materials
Hydrology and Water Quality
Land Use and Planning
Population and Housing
Transportation, Traffic and Safety
Public Services and Utilities
Notice of Preparation (NOP) Public Scoping Meetings
The NOP of a Draft Connect SoCal PEIR, which was released on January 23, 2019, began the process to seek input from interested parties on the scope and content of the environmental information that is evaluated in the Draft Connect SoCal PEIR. The 30-day public commenting period for the NOP began on January 23, 2019 and ended on February 22, 2019. Two public scoping meetings were held on February 13, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for public input.