Climate Action Plan
*NEW* Updated TIMELINE AS OF May 11, 2017
2035 Climate Action Plan / Supplemental Environmental Impact Report Timeline
• May 10, 2017 - Notice of Preparation filed with the State Clearinghouse
• May 23, 2017 - City Council selection of Consultant to prepare Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR)
May 31, 2017 - Public Scoping Meeting for General Plan Supplemental EIR*
OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT - On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the City of La Mesa will hold an Open House and Public Scoping Meeting between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in the La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, California. The purpose of the meeting is to give the public an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions on the scope of the General Plan Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR). *NOTICE OF PREPARATION AND SCOPING MEETING
Please note that a Scoping Meeting is "an open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for identifying the significant issues related to the proposed action." Scoping provides decision makers with insight on the analyses that agencies, stakeholders and interested public believe should be considered as part of the environmental review process. The Draft Climate Action Plan will not be available at this meeting, but information provided by the public at the Scoping meeting will help City staff and the consultant finalize the draft document for public review as outlined in the timeline.
• June 2017 - Initiate preparation of Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
• June 2017 - City Council CAP Subcommittee Draft 2035 CAP review
• July 17, 2017 - Environmental Sustainability Commission review and comment on Draft 2035 CAP
• July 31, 2017 - Supplemental EIR Notice and Public Review Draft 2035 CAP for comment (45-day notice and Notice of Completion)
• September 6, 2017 - Planning Commission - Final Draft 2035 CAP / Supplemental EIR review and recommendation to the City Council
• Nov. 28/ Dec. 12, 2017 - City Council adoption of the 2035 CAP and certification of Final Supplemental EIR
• December 13, 2017 - File Notice of Determination
Climate Action Plan Overview
The City of La Mesa has resumed preparation of its Climate Action Plan. The initial draft Climate Action Plan was funded by a grant from the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Emerging Cities Program. The City Council recently approved additional funding to complete the Plan. The public provided the City with feedback on the Climate Action Plan effort during the La Mesa Connect Block Party.
The City remains committed to its role in adopting policies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health. The City has a history of implementing sustainability within the community in various ways. On April 10, 2007, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2007-039 endorsing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Amenities such as urban walking trails, the Safe Routes to School Program, a City fleet of hybrid vehicles, the Farmer's Market, transit-oriented developments, and the rehabilitation of existing building, aid in improving the quality of life for City residents. In 2013, the City, in collaboration with SANDAG and SDG&E, developed an Energy Management Plan, or "Energy Roadmap". The Energy Roadmap provides a framework for La Mesa to identify ways to save energy in government operations and in the community, resulting in municipal cost savings and environmental benefits. The Energy Roadmap identifies measures that the City could include in the Climate Action Plan.
The City of La Mesa has extended the previous contract with AECOM to enable them to continue to help the City undertake necessary actions in the development and formulation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). These new activities include: setting GHG reduction targets consistent with the 2012 Centennial General Plan, additional public engagement and education activities, and considering additional measures towards meeting the goals of the Plan.
The goal for the CAP is to achieve the 1990 target level emissions set forth in California Senate Bill AB32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act) by 2020. However, the adoption of the draft CAP can also provide positive benefits for the local community, including, but not limited to: improved air quality and public health, reduced energy bills, improved transportation access, infrastructure improvements supporting alternatives to driving, recycling, water conservation, and urban agriculture. As a part of the Plan, strategies and measures will be investigated and considered for implementation. These strategies may include: implementing a Community Choice Aggregation program, requirements for energy use reductions, clean vehicle replacement programs, implementation of green building standards, etc.
In preparing the Plan, the City welcomes input from its residents, employees, and businesses to help better understand the level of support required for different types of reduction strategies. Feedback and comments may be forwarded to the City in several ways: attend and participate during Public Comment at a series of meetings, send comments via U.S. Mail: Attn.: Howard Lee, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Mr. Lee via phone at 619.667.1185.
Climate Action Plan PresentationsAugust 15, 2016
September 21, 2016
September 27, 2016