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Environmental Review
The environmental review process seeks to identify environmental impacts that might be associated with a proposed project and to provide this information to decision-makers and the public. Common areas of environmental impact include traffic circulation, water quality, archaeological resources, vegetation, and wildlife. If significant impacts are identified, these must be reduced or mitigated as possible. A number of City policies and procedures provide a basis for determining impacts and a means for insuring that such impacts are mitigated.

The City's Role in Environmental Review

The City's Environmental Clearance Ordinance (San José Municipal Code Title 21) specifies how environmental review is carried out. Typically City staff prepare the appropriate environmental document, either an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Negative Declaration (ND), and provide it to decision-makers and the public for their consideration and comment.

If your project requires an environmental evaluation, please fill out the Environmental Evaluation Application along with the City’s Universal Planning Application. See also our Planning Application Submittal Requirements for more details.


Roles and Responsibilities
Steve McHarris
Planning Official
Planning Official: 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.