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Appendix J Examples of Tiering EIR's

14 CA ADC Div. 6 Ch. 3 App. JBarclays Official California Code of Regulations

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Title 14. Natural Resources
Division 6. Resources Agency
Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act (Refs & Annos)
14 CCR Div. 6 Ch. 3 App. J
Appendix J Examples of Tiering EIR's
project encompasses separate but related projects such as general plan, zoning, development
later tiers move from general to specific analysis of projects
later project is consistent with general plan or zoning
Later Project
initial study must examine significant effects not covered in prior EIR
later EIR must state lead agency is using tiering concept and must comply with section 15152
one large project will require a number of discretionary approvals from govt. agencies and one of those approvals will occur more than two years before construction commences
Supplement to the
Staged EIR
supplements to the staged EIR are prepared for later government agency approvals on the same overall project if information available at the time of that later approval would permit consideration of additional environmental impacts, mitigation measures or reasonable alternatives
series of actions or activities that can be characterized as one large project and are related either:
as logical parts of a change of activities
in connection with rules, regulations, plans or other general criteria governing a continuing program
as individual activities carried out under common authority (statutory or regulatory) and having similar environmental effects which can be mitigated in similar ways
Subsequent Project
only if subsequent activity has effects not examined in the previously certified program EIR will additional environmental documentation be required (if subsequent activity has no new effects, that activity is covered by the program EIR)
alternative to project, staged, or program EIR
can be used for:
- general plan (or gen. plan element, amendment, or update)
- redevelopment plan projects (public or private)
- project consisting of phases or smaller individual projects
- other activities described in 15175
after five years from initial certification, adopting authority must review the Master EIR and prepare subsequent or supplemental EIR if substantial changes have occurred with resepct to circumstances under which the original Master EIR was adopted
no new EIR is required for subsequent projects within the scope of the Master EIR which cause no additional significant effect
a subsequent, Focused EIR is required only where:
Focused EIR
- substantial new/additional information shows adverse environmental effects not examined in Master EIR or more significant than described in EIR, or
- substantial new/additional information shows mitigation measures previously determined to be infeasible are now feasible and will avoid/reduce the significant effects to a level of insignificance
Multiple-family residential development/residential and commercial or retail mixed-use development (PRC 21158.5 and Guideline § 15179.5)
• project is multiple-family residential development up to 100 units or is a residential and commercial or retail mixed-use development of not more than 100,000 square feet
• if project complies with procedures in section 21158.5, only a focused EIR need be prepared, notwithstanding the fact that the project wasn't identified in the Master EIR
Redevelopment Project (15180)
• all public and private activities or undertakings in furtherance of a redevelopment plan (public or private) constitute a single project
• the redevelopment plan EIR is treated as a program EIR
• no subsequent EIR is required for individual components of the redevelopment plan unless substantial changes or substantial new information triggers a subsequent EIR or supplement to an EIR pursuant to (sections 15162 or 15163)
Housing/neighborhood commercial facilities (15181)
• a project involving construction of housing or neighborhood commercial facilities in an urbanized area
• a prior EIR for a specific plan, local coastal program, or port master plan may be used as the EIR for such a project (no new EIR need be prepared) provided section 15181 procedures are complied with
Projects Consistent with Community Plan, General Plan, or Zoning (15183)
• a project which is consistent with a community plan adopted as part of a general plan or zoning ordinance or a general plan of a local agency and where there was an EIR certified for the zoning action or master plan
• the EIR for the residential project need only examine certain significant environmental effects, as outlined in section 15183
Regulations on Pollution Control Equipment (PRC section 21159)
• section 21159 requires environmental analysis of reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance at the time of adoption of rule or regulation requiring the installation of pollution control equipment
• an EIR prepared at the time of adoption of the rule or regulation is deemed to satisfy the requirement of section 21159
Installation of Pollution Control Equipment (PRC section 21159.1)
• a focused EIR is permitted where project 1) consists solely of installation of pollution control equipment; 2) is required by rule or regulation adopted by the State Air Resources Board, an air pollution control district or air quality management district, the State Water Resources Control Board, a California regional water quality control board, the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control, or the California Integrated Waste Management Board; and 3) meets the procedural requirements outlined in section 21159.1


1. New Appendix J filed 2-2-78; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 78, No. 5).
2. Relettering of former Appendix J to Appendix I and new Appendix J filed 10-26-98; operative 10-26-98 pursuant to Public Resources Code section 21087 (Register 98, No. 44).
This database is current through 3/17/23 Register 2023, No. 11.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 14, Div. 6 Ch. 3 App. J, 14 CA ADC Div. 6 Ch. 3 App. J
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