Oxnard CEQA Guidelines
The basic purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as established by the California Code of Regulations (CEQA Guidelines, Section 15002), are to:
- Inform decision-makers and the public about potential, significant environmental effects of a proposed project.
- Identify the ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced.
- Prevent significant, avoidable damage to the environment by requiring changes in project through the use or alternatives or mitigation measures.
On June 28, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution 15,040 approving an update to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines.
To help clarify and standardize decision-making in the environmental review process within the City of Oxnard, the City has established its own CEQA Guidelines. The CEQA Guidelines are offered as guidance to staff, consultants, and the development community in preparing all environmental review documents (including [mitigated] negative declarations and EIRs). Additionally, the CEQA Guidelines are intended to implement and supplement provisions in the CEQA Guidelines for determining the significance of environmental effects and they form the basis of the City’s Initial Study and Environmental Review Checklist. The Environmental Review Checklist covers 18 environmental topics.