Current Environmental Documents
For more information on any currently circulating environmental documents as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), please see the links below. For questions regarding any environmental documents listed, or for additional information on CEQA, please contact the Planning Division at 949-248-3563.
Public Notice/Notice of Intent to issue a Negative Declaration (PDF)
Short Term Rental Project
Notice of Intent to adopt Negative Declaration and Notice of Public Hearing (PDF)
Initial Study and the draft Negative Declaration (PDF)
Proposed Ban of Distribution of Plastic Bags and Expanded Polystyrene Food Ware
Initial Study Plastic Bag Ordinance (PDF)
Notice of Intent Plastic Bags (PDF)
Initial Study Expanded Polystyrene (PDF)
Notice of Intent Expanded Polystyrene (PDF)
Doheny Hotel Project
Notice of Availability (PDF)
Draft Environmental Impact Report (PDF)
Appendices (part 1 of 2) (PDF)
Appendices (part 2 of 2) (PDF)
South Shores Church - Proposed Expansion Project
Notice of Preparation Draft EIR & Public Scoping Meeting (PDF)
Initial Study (PDF)
PCH/Del Prado Avenue Phase I Streetscape Improvements Project; Coastal Development Permit CDP11-0003
Final EIR (PDF)
What is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)?
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a California statute that requires government agencies to analyze, consider, and make available to the public, information about potential environmental impacts that may result from proposed discretionary development projects. This analysis is accomplished through the creation of an initial study analyzing potential impacts from the project proposed, and from this analysis, subsequent preparation of either a negative or mitigated negative declaration (statements of either “no environmental impact” or “no impact with mitigation in place”) or an environmental impact report (significant impact(s) likely - detailed environmental analysis required).
For more information on CEQA guidelines, please visit California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Does My Project Require Review Under CEQA?
CEQA requires analysis of most discretionary projects. A discretionary project is any action where a public agency (such as the City of Dana Point) exercises judgment in deciding whether to approve a project. Projects that require an agency to merely determine conformance with local standards in order to issue a permit or other entitlement are called “ministerial” projects and are generally exempt from analysis. That stated, certain discretionary projects are also exempt from analysis, and are listed in Article 18 (Statutory Exemptions) (PDF) and Article 19 (Categorical Exemptions) (PDF) of the CEQA Statute.