NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

APPENDIX A - PROCEDURES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REVIEW


I. AUTHORITY OF THE CONTROL OFFICER
The Control Officer shall have the authority, in accordance with standards delineated by the regulations adopted by the California Resources Agency establishing guidelines for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 (division 6, Title 14, California Administrative Code), to make the following determination:

  1. Whether or not an action is a project.

  2. Whether or not an action is a project or a portion of a project for which another public agency has already acted as the lead agency.

  3. Whether or not a project is categorically exempt.

  4. Whether or not a project is ministerial.

  5. Whether or not it can be seen with certainty that a project will not have a significant effect upon the environment.

  6. Whether or not a project may have a significant effect on the environment.

  7. Whether or not an agency other than the District is to be the lead agency.

These determinations are subject to review and revision upon motion made by the Board of Directors of the District.

II. DETERMINATIONS OF THE CONTROL OFFICER
If the Control Officer determines that (1) the application is for a project or a portion of a project for which another public agency has already acted as the lead agency in compliance with CEQA, (2) the project is categorically exempt, (3) the project is ministerial, or (4) it can be seen with certainty that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, then neither a negative declaration nor an environmental impact report will be required. If 1, 2 and 3 above are not applicable and the Control Officer determines that a project may have a significant effect upon the environment and that the District is the lead agency, then an environmental impact report for the project will be required; provided, however, that only a negative declaration will be required for the project if the Control Officer determines that the project does not require an environmental impact report due to the circumstances peculiar to the specific project. If the Control Officer determines that another public agency should act as lead agency and 1, 2 and 3 above are not applicable, the matter shall be referred to the lead agency for compliance with CEQA.

The Control Officer's determination will be set forth in a written statement which shall be furnished to the applicant. A copy of said statement shall be affixed to any permit granted or denied.

III. NEGATIVE DECLARATION OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT - CONTROL OFFICER'S RESPONSIBLITY
After making his determination regarding the requirements for preparation of a negative declaration or an environmental impact report, the Control Officer shall:

  1. recommend that an agency other than the District be the lead agency; or

  2. prepare a negative declaration and file it with the Clerk of the County in which the project is proposed to be located; or

  3. prepare an environmental impact report; or

  4. obtain authorization of the Board of Directors to engage the services of an outside consultant for the purposes of preparing an environmental impact report.

If the District acts as the lead agency, after a draft environmental impact is completed, the Control Officer shall file a notice of completion with the Secretary of the Resources Agency.

IV. CONSULTATION REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
After completing the draft environmental impact report, the Control Officer shall consult with and obtain the comments of any public agency which has jurisdiction by law with respect to the project. The Control Officer may consult with any person with expertise with respect to the environmental impact involved.

V. MAINTENANCE OF NOTIFICATION LIST
The Control Officer shall maintain a special notice list containing the names and addresses of all persons requesting special notice of either (1) the filing of a negative declaration with the County Clerk, or (2) the filing of a notice of completion of an environmental impact report with the Secretary of the Resources Agency. Each person requesting special notice shall:

  1. Make written request for special notice to the Control Officer. Payment of the fees for special notice shall be made directly to the Control Officer. Upon payment of the required fee, the Control Officer shall include the applicant's name on the special notice list.

  2. Pay an annual fee as determined by the Board of Directors to cover costs.

  3. Request for special notice shall be renewed annually on or before the first day of July, and the renewal fee shall be paid to the Control Officer at the time the request for special notice is renewed.

  4. Neither the failure to give special notice when required by these procedures nor the failure to publish notice in the proper manner when required by these procedures shall affect in any way the validity or legality or the approval or disapproval of a project.

In situations where either special notice or published notice or both is required by these procedures, the failure to give such notice shall be treated as if such notice had been given.

VI. CONSIDERATION OF NEGATIVE DECLARATION OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORTS
After giving the notice required, the Control Officer shall set a time, date and place for consideration of the negative declaration or draft environmental impact report and any comments made thereon. The Control Officer shall give notice of that time, date and place when he will be available to receive comments from members of the public regarding the proposed negative declaration or environmental impact report. The Control Officer shall send such notice of time and place of consideration to all persons who have requested special notice, to the Resources Agency of the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Any interested person may review the negative declaration or draft environmental impact report amd may make written comments to be sent to the Control Officer and be made a part of the consideration of the Control Officer at the time and place specified above.

VII. CONSIDERATION OF NEGATIVE DECLARATION
Negative declarations, together with any written comments thereon, shall be transmitted to the Control Officer prior to the date set for his consideration. The Control Officer shall consider the negative declaration and comments, if any, and either adopt or reject the negative declaration prior to deciding to approve or disapprove the project. If the Control Officer decides to adopt the negative declaration, then the Control Officer shall proceed to approve or disapprove the project.

VIII. NEGATIVE DECLARATION FURTHER ACTION
The Control Officer shall file a copy of the negative declaration and notice of determination with the Clerk of the County in which the project would be located. After the determination by the Control Officer to approve the project, the determination shall become final.

IX. EVALUATION OF PROPOSED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT AND COMMENTS
After the period for considering comments on a draft environmental impact report has expired, the Control Officer (or consultant, if any) shall prepare a final environmental impact report.

X. PRESENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORTS
The Control Officer shall complete the final environmental impact report or shall receive from the consultant the final environmental impact report prior to his approval or disapproval of the project. The Control Officer shall formally adopt the final environmental impact report and consider its contents before he makes his decision on a project.

XI. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT - FURTHER ACTION
The Control officer shall file a notice of determination with the Clerk or the County in which the project is located. Such notice shall include:

  1. whether an environmental impact report has been prepared pursuant to the provisions of CEQA, and the Control Officer's approval or disapproval of the report;

  2. the Control Officer's approval or disapproval of the project; and

  3. the determination of the Control Officer of whether the project will or will not have a significant effect upon the environment.


XII. CONTROL OFFICER'S DECISION ON PROJECT
Before making a decision on the application, the Control Officer shall consider the negative declaration or environmental impact report pre- pared pursuant to this procedure. If the application is for a project or portion of a project for which another public agency has acted as the lead agency, the Control Officer shall consider the lead agency's environmental impact report or negative declaration and shall certify that he has reviewed and considered the information contained in them before acting upon or approving the project. In considering any environmental impact report or negative declaration, the Control Officer shall consider all written and oral comments made in reference to such report or declaration.

After complying with all of the requirements of this procedure, the Control Officer shall make his determination on the application for an authority to construct or permit to operate in accordance with the rules and regulations of the District.