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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 and categories 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.
  • ExemptArticle 19 of CEQA outlines certain classes of projects that do not have a significant effect on the environment and are therefore declared categorically exempt from having to prepare environmental documents.
  • 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.

Archived CEQA Documents

FRONT STREET 418, 428, 440, 504, 508 - RIVERFRONT

Front St - Riverfront Image

APN: Multiple Parcels 

Project Status: Under Review

Project Addresses: 418, 428, 440, 504, 508 Front Street.

Coastal Permit, Historic and Non-Residential Demolition Authorization Permits, Design Permit, Tentative Map, Special Use Permit, Administrative Use Permit, Revocable License for Outdoor Extension Area, Heritage Tree Removal Permit, and Street Tree Removal to remove one street tree and two heritage trees, to combine five parcels, demolish two historic commercial buildings including one of which is listed on the City's Historic Building Survey, and construct a seven-story, mixed-use building with 175 residential condos (15 of which will be affordable to incomes at 50% AMI, 5 at 80% AMI) and 11,498 square feet of ground floor and levee front commercial space on property located within the CBD/CZ-O/FP-O zone district and within the Front Street/Riverfront subarea of the Downtown Plan. The project requires approval of a Section 408 Permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers to allow for the placement of fill between the levee and the proposed building and to allow for the development of an outdoor extension area adjacent to the Riverway path.

This project requires review by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission, who will provide recommendations to the City Council for final action. 


Project Size: Significant Development Project

Project Planner: Samantha Haschert

COMMENT PERIOD: May 11, 2020 - June 24, 2020

Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Availability Riverfront 5-8-20


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Please note, effective January 1, 2019 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will increase the CEQA filing fees.

This page contains environmental documents related to project applications or planning documents processed by the Planning & Community Development Department and does not contain documents administered by other City departments.