RELEASE OF UPDATED CLIMATE ACTION PLAN and INITIAL STUDY/NEGATIVE DECLARATION
The City of San Marcos has updated its Climate Action Plan (CAP) to meet new State of California goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the community’s desires for a clean, sustainable environment. The new state requirements set stricter targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The updated CAP and environmental materials are now posted on the City’s web site at https://www.san-marcos.net/departments/development-services/planning/climate-action-plan-update
It’s time for you to weight in.
Community members can review and comment on the Draft CAP and associated Initial Study/Negative Declaration through September 7, 2020
WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN?
A CAP is a long-range plan that outlines strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The intent of this updated plan is to adopt strategies and measures that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Marcos to 42 percent below the City’s 2012 levels by 2030. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the updated CAP provides additional benefits including: reducing air pollution, improving traffic conditions, supporting local economic development and improving public health and quality of life. Partial funding for this update was received from SANDAG’s Roadmap Program.
Key CAP highlights include:
- The updated CAP builds on the City of San Marcos’ 2012 baseline greenhouse gas inventory.
- Based on emissions projections in the future, and to be consistent with the State’s current regulations, the City’s target reduction for the year 2030 is 42 percent below the 2012 levels.
- The updated CAP includes eight strategies and 22 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- The implementation timeframe for the updated CAP is 10 years.
- The City of San Marcos will monitor the progress of CAP implementation and will provide periodic public updates.
WANT TO PROVIDE COMMENTS?
Due to current public health orders related to COVID-19, the City is not able to host a public workshop on the updated CAP and Initial Study/Negative Declaration. Comments on the updated CAP and environmental document can be submitted by:
Mail: Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner
Development Services Department
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
The City will review all comments received on the updated plan and Initial Study/Negative Declaration and incorporate those into the final CAP. Staff will hold Planning Commission hearings in October 2020 and City Council hearings in November/December 2020 to formally adopt the CAP update.
Contact: Saima Qureshy, Principal Planner, City of San Marcos
Phone: (760) 744-1050, ext. 3222