What is the PEIR?

What is the PEIR?

SCAG’s Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is an informational document that will analyze and disclose potential impacts of the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) on the environment.

The report is required under law by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for any government programs and plans that may cause significant environmental effects. SCAG’s PEIR will provide a region-wide assessment of potential significant environmental effects of the 2016 RTP/SCS as well as consider broad policy alternatives and program-wide mitigation measures. More importantly, the PEIR provides a foundation for subsequent, project-specific environmental reviews that will be conducted by local implementation agencies.

What will the PEIR Analyze?

The PEIR for the 2016 RTP/SCS (Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR) evaluates regional-scale environmental impacts, direct and indirect impacts, growth-inducing impacts and cumulative environmental impacts.

The following impact categories have been identified for analysis and consideration in the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agricultural and Forestry Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology and Soils
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology and Water Quality
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population, Housing and Employment
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation, Traffic and Safety
  • Utilities and Service Systems

For more information about the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS PEIR, click here.