Environmental Justice Element

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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 disadvantaged communities. 

Sacramento County’s 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

Public Hearings

Board of Supervisors Hearing - May 8, 2018

The Phase 1 Environmental Justice (EJ) Element was heard by the Board of Supervisors on May 8, 2018. The Board voted 5-0 to adopt the EJ Element. Planning and Environmental Review staff has started work on the Phase 2 Element.


For general inquiries regarding the EJ Element, please contact Tim Kohaya at (916) 874-5982 or kohayat@saccounty.net.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the EJ effort in California, see the websites listed below.

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