The City’s 2013 Climate Action Pan provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of various strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures.
Although the City of Escondido was one of the first group of cities to prepare and adopt a Climate Action Plan in the San Diego region, a lot has changed since then. We need to reassess Escondido’s greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and seek out solutions for reducing our community’s carbon footprint.
CAP Update Project/Study overview:
At the end of 2017, the City initiated an effort with the help of SANDAG to reevaluate Escondido’s Climate Action Plan to ensure compliance with updated state policies and regulations. This means that we will reevaluate GHG reduction targets consistent with State guidelines, refine existing Climate Action Plan strategies, and potentially develop new goals, quantitative actions, and qualitative supporting measures. Much of this work is expected to occur in 2018, with potential CAP adoption in early 2019.
How the City is reviewing the Project/Study:
The City is working with SANDAG and two consultant teams, EPIC and Ascent, to complete baseline inventory and forecasts; and determine the appropriate GHG emissions reduction targets. Once this work is complete, the community will be asked to provide some feedback about how we can effectively reduce our GHG emissions, in consideration of the 2013 CAP framework; as well as other, potential measures or strategies to reduce emissions.
It is anticipated that the overall process will involve substantial community input, including public workshops, public comment periods, and regular input from various neighborhood groups. The Climate Action Plan Update will provide an opportunity for our community to make their voices heard. It is anticipated that this Project website will be used to keep all stakeholders informed about the process, and City staff will update it regularly to include changes to the schedule and/or other information so that all community members know how to stay involved.
What is needed from the public:
A draft CAP Outreach Plan was developed to outline how the public would be engaged during the course of developing the CAP. The document will be used to help kick-off the work program, with introductory presentations scheduled before the Planning Commission and City Council in May and June.
To learn more about the planning process, the current status of the Project, or to offer input, please contact Assistant Planning Director, Mike Strong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-839-4556.
E-newsletters and Project handouts:
- Newsletter No. 1 - May 1, 2018. Project kick-off and CAP Outreach Plan
- Newsletter No. 2 - Notice of outreach events and workshop (coming soon)
- Newsletter No. 3 - Notice of outreach events and workshop (coming soon)
- Newsletter No. 4 - Notice of availability of Draft CAP for public review (coming soon)
- Newsletter No. 5 - Notice of environmental review or availability for comment (coming soon)
- Newsletter No. 6 - Notice of Public Hearings
If you would like to be added to the notification list, please contact the staff planner listed above.
- Draft CAP Outreach Plan (May 1, 2018)
- May 8, 2018 Planning Commission staff report and PowerPoint presentation (coming soon)
- June 20, 2018 City Council staff report (coming soon)
- Final CAP Outreach Plan (coming soon)
- Outreach Materials and PPT (coming soon)
- Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (coming soon)
- Draft CAP (coming soon)
- Notices (coming soon)
- Environmental Review Document (coming soon)
- Public Hearing Notices (coming soon)
- Final CAP (coming soon)
- Final Monitoring and Implementation Plan (coming soon)
All Project materials can be viewed at the Planning Division at City Hall, during normal business hours.
This portion of the Project website documents the latest efforts to keep all participants up to date on what is going on. It highlights key milestones of the City's review process to keep stakeholders informed of key Project activities throughout the whole planning process.
Where we have been:
- Kick-off meeting with City staff, SANDAG and consultant teams (January 30, 2018)
- Draft Outreach Plan released on May 1, 2018
- Kick-off meeting with Planning Commission on May 8, 2018
- Kick-off meeting with City Council on June 20, 2018
- Finalize Outreach Plan
- Research and calculate reduction potential of various GHG reduction measures
- Community outreach and workshops
- Prep draft technical report on GHG reduction target and measures
- Develop draft CAP
- Identify CEQA significance thresholds for GHG emissions
- Environmental review
- Finalize CAP