Final EIR Chapters to Plan Bay Area, adopted July 18, 2013

0.0  Table of Contents

1.0  Chapter 1 – Introduction

2.0  Chapter 2 –  Revisions to the Draft EIR

3.0  Chapter 3 – Comments and Responses on the Draft EIR (Update)

3.1  Master Responses

3.2  Agency Comments

3.3  Agency Responses

3.4  Organization Comments (Update)

3.5  Organization Responses (Update)

3.6  Individual Comments Part 1

3.6  Individual Comments Part 2

3.6  Individual Comments Part 3

3.7  Individual Responses (Update)

3.8  EIR Hearings Oral Comments

3.9  EIR Hearings Responses

3.10 Plan Hearings Comments on the EIR

3.11 Plan Hearings Responses

3.12 Written Comments Submitted at Plan Hearings on the EIR

3.13 Written Comments Submitted at Plan Hearings Responses

Appendix A Glossary

Appendix B Supplemental Technical Information

Appendix C Attachments from Agency Comments

Appendix D Attachments from Organization Comments

Appendix E Attachments from Individual Comments part 1

Appendix E Attachments from Individual Comments part 2

Appendix E Attachments from Individual Comments part 3



Draft Environmental Impact Report (Full report, 179 MB)

Draft EIR Chapters

0.0 Cover, Intro and Executive Summary

Part One: Introduction and Study Approach

1.1 Introduction and Study Approach
1.2 Overview of the Proposed Plan Bay Area

Part Two: Settings, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures

2.0 Introduction and Study Approach
2.1 Transportation
2.2 Air Quality
2.3 Land Use and Physical Development
2.4 Energy
2.5 Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases
2.6 Noise
2.7 Geology and Seismicity
2.8 Water Resources
2.9 Biological Resources
2.10 Visual Resources
2.11 Cultural Resources
2.12 Public Utilities and Facilities
2.13 Hazards
2.14 Public Services and Recreation

Part Three: Alternative and CEQA-Required Conclusions

3.1 Alternatives to the Proposed Plan
3.2 CEQA Required Conclusions
4 Bibliography and EIR Preparers


Appendix A: Notice of Prepartion
Appendix B1: Agency and Public Interest Group Comments
Appendix B2: Citizen Comments
Appendix B3: Comments not on the EIR
Appendix B4: Scoping Meeting Transcripts
Appendix C: Transportation Projects in Each EIR Alternative (Revised 4-10-13)
Appendix D: Scoping Comments on Alternatives
Appendix E: Air Quality Analysis Methodolgy
Appendix F: Geology
Appendix G: Water Resources
Appendix H: Biological Resources Special Status Species Table H-1
Appendix I: Hazards
End Cover

Related Material

April 2013

Presentation from Draft EIR Public Hearings (PDF)

Transcript of 4-16-13 EIR Public Hearing, Oakland (PDF)

Transcript of 4-16-13 EIR Public Hearing, San Rafael (PDF)

Transcript of 4-17-13 EIR Public Hearing, San Jose (PDF)

June 2012

ABAG and MTC are required to analyze the environmental impacts of the land use scenarios and transportation investments that will be considered for Plan Bay Area. The process began with a series of five meetings to gather public input.

Presentation: Plan Bay Area Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meetings (PDF)

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for Plan Bay Area (PDF)

Under the law known as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), MTC and ABAG must prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to inform citizens and decision makers of potential environmental impacts that could result from implementing Plan Bay Area 2040. The "program-level" EIR examines a range of reasonable alternatives, identifies the environmentally superior alternative, and recommends measures to mitigate the impacts of the selected alternative.

Work on the EIR for Plan Bay Area 2040 will begin in mid-2016; Bay Area residents will be invited to comment on the scope and content of the environmental information to be evaluated. 


Under SB 375, The California Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, parts of Plan Bay Area 2040 may be eligible for a streamlined version of the environmental review process. These include projects and programs that are consistent with the land use designation, density, intensity and policies of Plan Bay Area, as well as certain types of development projects as defined by SB 375.