CEQA Thresholds

On October 13, 2016, the District Board of Directors adopted the Review of Land Use Projects under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Policy (PDF). The Policy establishes the thresholds of significance for criteria pollutants as well as greenhouse gases (GHG) and the review principles which serve as guidelines for the District staff when the District acts as a commenting agency to review and comment on the environmental documents prepared by the lead agencies.

The purpose of the adopted Policy is to ensure consistency and transparency in staffs' reviews and recommendations, which assists lead agencies in preparing legally adequate environmental documents with professional analyses to address potential air quality impacts from land use projects.

Thresholds of Significance

The adoption of the Policy establishes the thresholds of significance for criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases. In developing the thresholds, the District took into account health-based air quality standards and the strategies to attain air quality standards, historical CEQA project review data in Placer County, statewide regulations to achieve emission reduction targets for GHG, and the special geographic and land use features in Placer County. The following two tables present the thresholds of significance for criteria pollutants and GHG, which are identified in the Policy.

Criteria Pollutants

Criteria Pollutants Table by Phase and Project Level

Greenhouse Gases

  • Bright-line Threshold is for the construction and operational phase of land use projects and stationary source projects.
  • Efficiency Matrix is for the operational phase of land use projects with GHG emissions exceeding the De Minimis level.
  • De Minimis Level is for the operational phase of land use projects.
Greenhouse Gases Thresholds Table

Thresholds of Significance Documents

The following documents were prepared for the development of the District's CEQA Thresholds of Significance. The documents contain the rationale, the modeling analyses, and the pertinent factual data used to justify and support the thresholds of significance developed by the District.