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Environmental Review
The purpose of the environmental review process is to identify the environmental impacts that might be associated with a proposed project and to provide this information to decision-makers and the public. Typical areas of environmental impact include traffic circulation, water quality, archaeological resources, vegetation, and wildlife. 

The process also requires that significant impacts be reduced or mitigated whenever possible. A wide range of City policies and procedures provide a basis for determining impacts and a means for insuring that these impacts are mitigated.

Maintaining Environmental Quality

An environmental document is prepared by the City and then provided to decision-makers and the public for their consideration and comment. These environmental documents include Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and Negative Declarations (NDs). The City's Environmental Clearance Ordinance (Title 21 of the San José Municipal Code) specifies how environmental review is carried out.


Roles and Responsibilities
Steve McHarris
Planning Official
Environmental Review Manager: Reviews Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and City Council agendas for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearance.
Meenaxi R. Panakkal
Supervising Environmental Planner
(408) 535-7895
Environmental Review Supervisor: Reviews Negative Declarations, EIRs, General Plan Amendments, Public Projects, and City Council agendas for CEQA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearances.