Draft 2016 PEIR


The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), as Lead Agency, has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) (SCH#2015031035) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS). The Draft PEIR serves as a programmatic document that conducts a region-wide assessment of potential significant environmental effects of the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS.

SCAG released the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR on December 4, 2015 for a 60-day public commenting period. The Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR was available for public review until February 1, 2016.

The Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR is available for download by chapter or as one file. Please note that due to the large file size of the complete report, we strongly recommend that you download it onto your computer before opening the file. All files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


  Executive Summary
  Complete Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR (31 MB)
  Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 Project Description
3 Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures
3.1 Aesthetics
3.2 Agricultural and Forestry Resources
3.3 Air Quality
3.4 Biological Resources
3.5 Cultural Resources
3.6 Energy
3.7 Geology and Soils
3.8 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change
3.9 Hazards and Hazardous Materials
3.10 Hydrology and Water Quality
3.11 Land Use and Planning
3.12 Mineral Resources
3.13 Noise
3.14 Population, Housing and Employment
3.15 Public Services
3.16 Recreation
3.17 Transportation, Traffic and Safety
3.18 Utilities and Service Systems
4 Alternatives
5 Long Term CEQA Considerations
6 Persons and Sources Consulted
7 Glossary


Appendix A Notice of Preparation and Comments on Notice of Preparation
Appendix B 2016 RTP/SCS Project List
Appendix C Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Technical Report
Appendix D Health Risk Assessment Technical Report (29 MB)
Appendix E Biological Resources Technical Report
Appendix F Cultural Resources Technical Report

Previously Conducted Workshops

Notice of Availability (NOA) Public Workshops

Two Draft PEIR public workshops, each providing the same information, were held at SCAG’s headquarters on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Videoconferencing was also available from SCAG’s regional offices:

SCAG Imperial County Office
1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1
El Centro, CA 92243

SCAG Orange County Office
600 South Main Street, Suite 906
Orange, CA 92868

SCAG Riverside County Office
3403 10th Street, Suite 805
Riverside, CA 92501

SCAG San Bernardino County Office
1170 West 3rd Street, Suite 140
San Bernardino, CA 92410

SCAG Ventura County Office
950 County Square Drive, Suite 101
Ventura, CA 93003

For additional information, please review the NOA below.

NOA Public Workshop Materials

Tribal Consultation Workshops

Two Tribal Consultation Workshops were held on October 14, 2015 and October 19, 2015, at SCAG’s Los Angeles office and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments office in Palm Desert, respectively. Tribal members, tribal representatives, cultural resource specialists, and other interested persons were invited for input on the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR and 2016 RTP/SCS.

Notice of Preparation (NOP) Public Scoping Meetings

The NOP of a Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR, which was released on March 9, 2015, began the process to seek input from interested parties on the scope and content of the environmental information that is evaluated in the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR. The 30-day public commenting period for the NOP began on March 9, 2015 and ended on April 7, 2015. Public scoping meetings were held on March 17 and 18, 2015 for public input.

NOP Public Scoping Meeting Materials