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In September 2016, the State
Legislature passed Senate Bill 1000 (SB 1000) which requires cities and
counties with disadvantaged communities to incorporate environmental justice
(EJ) policies into their general plans. This must happen upon the adoption or
next revision of two or more elements concurrently on or after January 1, 2018.
In response to this legislation, the Office of Planning and Environmental
Review is preparing to amend the County’s General Plan to include a new
stand-alone Environmental Justice Element.
Sacramento County's new Environmental Justice Element will cover the following topical areas:
- Pollution Exposure and Air Quality
- Access to Public Facilities
- Food Access
- Safe and Sanitary Homes
- Promotion of Physical Activity
- Promotion of Civic Engagement
- Crime Prevention
Environmental Justice Communities
In determining Environmental Justice Communities in the unincorporated County, staff used two sources of
information. One source was the CalEPA’s CalEnviroScreen tool which considers
economic and environmental factors in identifying disadvantaged areas at the
census tract level. The other source was the Sacramento Area Council of
Governments’ (SACOG) Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities
Strategy (MTP/SCS). State Law requires SACOG to conduct an environmental
justice analysis as part of the MTP/SCS. Thus, the MTP/SCS identifies areas at
the block group level that have high percentages of low income households
and/or have high percentages of minorities. Staff used the disadvantaged areas identified by CalEnviroScreen and areas identified by SACOG as
being disadvantaged or low income/high minority to delineate Environmental
Justice Communities in the unincorporated County. For each topical area, staff will compare Environmental Justice
Communities with non-environmental justice areas. To view the Environmental Justice Communities and non-environmental justice areas, click on the Environmental Justice Communities Map below. This research in
conjunction with public outreach efforts will result in the modification of
existing or the creation of new General Plan policies to address the needs of
Environmental Justice Element will be adopted and refined over two phases.
Phase 1 will include preliminary outreach, baseline research, and a scoping of existing policies within the General Plan
for inclusion in the Environmental Justice Element. The Phase 1 Environmental
Justice Element is estimated to be adopted by early 2018. Phase 2 will refine
the efforts of Phase 1 through in depth public outreach, development of new
policies and revision or removal of outdated General Plan policies. Phase 2
will be completed within 12 months after the adoption of the Phase 1
Environmental Justice Element.
Environmental Justice Communities Map
Planning Commission Hearing - February 26, 2018
The Phase 1 Environmental Justice Element was heard by the County Planning Commission on February 26, 2018. The Commission voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors approve the project. Staff is anticipating the Board of Supervisors Hearing will be on May 8, 2018.
For general inquiries regarding the EJ Element, please
contact Tim Kohaya at (916) 874-5982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information regarding the EJ effort in California, see the websites listed below.