Chapter 16.01
REGULATIONS FOR PRESERVING AND ENHANCING THE ENVIRONMENT

Sections:

16.01.010    Purpose.

16.01.020    Definitions.

16.01.030    Adoption of County environmental review guidelines.

16.01.040    Applicants—Information to be furnished.

16.01.050    Decisions to consider environmental factors.

16.01.060    Fees.

16.01.010 Purpose.

The purpose of these regulations is to preserve and enhance the environment of the County of Santa Cruz by providing for the adoption of County environmental review guidelines setting forth regulations and procedures implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and State Environmental Impact Report Guidelines promulgated pursuant thereto. Authority is also granted for the adoption of further measures designed to preserve and enhance the environment of the County as the Board of Supervisors see fit. [Ord. 2117, 1975].

16.01.020 Definitions.

“California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)” means the Environmental Quality Act of 1970 commencing with Section 21050 of the California Public Resources Code and as amended from time to time.

“County environmental review guidelines” means procedures and regulations adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors to implement CEQA and State EIR Guidelines.

“County rules and regulations” means policies, procedures, rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors by ordinance or resolution to provide for implementing County environmental review guidelines or to adopt further measures designed to preserve and enhance the environment of the County.

“State EIR Guidelines” means the Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act adopted by the Secretary for Resources pursuant to Section 21083 of CEQA and published in Division 6, Title 14 of the California Administrative Code, commencing with Section 15000, and as amended from time to time. [Ord. 2117, 1975].

16.01.030 Adoption of County environmental review guidelines.

The Board of Supervisors shall adopt County environmental review guidelines not inconsistent with State EIR Guidelines and CEQA. Said County guidelines shall be reviewed periodically to keep them in conformity with CEQA and State EIR Guidelines as they may be amended from time to time. The County may adopt other rules and regulations designed to preserve and enhance the environment of the County. [Ord. 2117, 1975].

16.01.040 Applicants—Information to be furnished.

Applicants for permits or other authorizations under the Santa Cruz County Code shall provide the information required by current County rules and County environmental review guidelines. [Ord. 2117, 1975].

16.01.050 Decisions to consider environmental factors.

Where environmental impact reports are required pursuant to this chapter, the decision-making body shall give such consideration to the facts developed therein as it deems necessary and in accordance with County rules and guidelines. [Ord. 2117, 1975].

16.01.060 Fees.

In addition to the usual fee for a permit or authorization, applicants therefor shall pay the fee prescribed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors or otherwise compensate the County for cost of processing documents required to be prepared by CEQA, State EIR Guidelines, and County environmental review guidelines and County rules. [Ord. 2117, 1975].