Environmental Review/CEQA

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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

The California Environmental Quality Act requires local and state governments to consider the potential environmental effects of a project before deciding whether to approve it. CEQA's purpose is to disclose the potential impacts of a project, suggest methods to minimize those impacts, and discuss alternatives to the project so that decision makers will have full information upon which to base their decision.  Types of CEQA documents include:

  • Initial Study (IS): An analysis of a project's potential environmental effects and their relative significance. An initial study is preliminary to deciding whether to prepare a negative declaration or an EIR.
  • Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration (ND/MND): When a project is not exempt from CEQA and will not have a significant adverse effect upon the environment a negative declaration must be prepared. The negative declaration is an informational document that describes the reasons why the project will not have a significant effect and proposes measures to completely mitigate or avoid any possible effects.
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR): A detailed review of a proposed project, its potential adverse impacts upon the environment, measures that may avoid or reduce those impacts, and alternatives to the project.

CEQA Projects Pending Approval

All projects with CEQA documents pending approval can be found using the directory below.  If you are looking for a past project, please visit the Archived CEQA Documents webpage.


Agrihood (previously Santa Clara Sustainable Residential Project)

Final Environmental Impact Report

Final Environmental Impact Report (PDF)

Environmental Review Report - Determinations and Compliance Findings for HUD-assisted projects (PDF)

 Notice of Availability

Distribution Date:  April 9, 2018
45-day public review comment period: April 11, 2018 - May, 29, 2018

Notice of Availability (PDF)
Draft Environmental Impact Report (PDF)
Appendix A - Initial Study (PDF)
Appendix B - Notice of Preparation (PDF)
Appendix C - Toxic air contaminant and greenhouse gas emission assessment (PDF)
Appendix D - Phase I Environmental Site Assessment - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (PDF)
Appendix E - Traffic Operations Analysis (PDF)
Appendix F - Soil Survey Report (PDF)


Notice of Preparation (Santa Clara Sustainable Residential Project)

Distribution Date:  April 27, 2017

Notice of Preparation (PDF)
Notice of Scoping Meeting (PDF)

Previous Info - 90 N Winchester Blvd.

In 2007, the City approved the development of up to 165 affordable senior residential units and a one-acre park on this 5.8 acre site as part of the larger 17-acre Santa Clara Gardens project.

The Santa Clara Sustainable Residential Project proposes to construct the 165 affordable senior apartments contained in the approval noted above. Additionally, the project would construct up to 160 mixed-rate apartments and 34 townhouses. The previously approved open space would be increased to 1.5 acres and would include community gardens for the residents as well as an agricultural garden.

The City will a Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting in the near future for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR). This document will utilize the 2007 Santa Clara Gardens Project EIR and only contain information necessary to make the previous EIR adequate for the project as revised/proposed.

Document Library

Development Plan Submittal - December 2016



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