NOTICE OF PREPARATION
To: Interested agencies and individuals
Subject: Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (including a Sustainable Communities Strategy)
Date: May 1, 2017
Kern Council of Governments
1401 19th Street, Suite 300
Bakersfield, California 93301
The Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), as Lead Agency, is publishing this Notice of Preparation (NOP) to prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which will include a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Kern COG is preparing an RTP as required by Section 65080 et seq, of Chapter 2.5 of the California Government Code, and federal guidelines pursuant to the federal surface transportation reauthorization, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Transportation Conformity in the Air Quality Attainment Plan per 40 CFR Part 51 and 40 CFR Part 93, and requirements set forth in Assembly Bill 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Senate Bill 375, The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, Senate Bill 32, California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit (2016) and Assembly Bill 197, State Air Resources Board, greenhouse gases: regulations (2016).
Kern COG is soliciting views from your agency as to the scope and content of the environmental issues to be included in the EIR. Kern COG seeks input from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as other interested parties, on issues relevant to the RTP (including the SCS). The project location, description, and the expected scope of environmental analysis are described on the following pages.
A scoping meeting for this project will be held at Kern COGs office (see location above), Thursday May 18, 2017 at 6:30 PM. Due to the time limits mandated by state law, your response must be sent not later than 30 days after the date of this notice.