Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Under State Law (California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA] ) and City of San Jose Ordinance, all development proposals must be evaluated to disclose the potential environmental impacts resulting from the construction of a proposed project. When the City reviews a project for CEQA compliance, it is determining if the project will or will not have significant environmental effects. Whether or not a project has a significant environmental effect is determined by specific CEQA guidelines.

The following subject areas are studied: aesthetics, agricultural resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology/soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology/water quality, population/housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, and utilities/service systems. Technical reports on these subjects, and the environmental document itself, are prepared by experts in their respective fields. This information and knowledge from the EIR helps local officials to make informed decisions about whether to permit discretionary projects and, if so, with what conditions and/or mitigation measures.

There are different levels of environmental review. This project is going through the most thorough and highest level of review, which is called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The City began this process with a community meeting and EIR scoping session with the city-retained consultants on March 13, 2017 during which neighbors were invited and suggested specific ideas for matters to be studied in the EIR.  The Draft EIR for this project is being circulated for public comment for a required 45 days from August 31, 2018 through October 15, 2018. Community and expert opinion will be gathered during the 45-day period. All comments on the Draft EIR received during the comment period will be analyzed and responded to as part of the EIR, which is called the First Amendment to the Draft EIR. The Draft EIR along with the First Amendment will be reviewed along with the project proposal at future public hearings before the Planning Commission (recommending body) and the City Council (decision-making body).
To review the Draft EIR, visit http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=5380