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.