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Environmental Review
Purpose
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.

Contact

Roles and Responsibilities
Ned Thomas
(408) 793-5302, Email 
Division Manager: Oversees Planning Implementation Staff and Environmental Review Staff 
Jenny Nusbaum
(408) 535-7872, Email
Principal Planner: Oversees the Planning Environmental Review Staff
David Keyon
(408) 535-7898, Email
Supervising Environmental Planner: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) clearances for the entitlement process and geotesting clearance,  
Meenaxi R. Panakkal
(408) 535-7895, Email
Supervising Environmental Planner: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) Compliance, Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan liaison, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and CEQA clearances.
Susan Walsh
(408) 535-7898, Email 
Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) and Supervising Environmental Planner: Historic Landmarks Commission and History Resources Inventory