What is the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)?

SCAG's PEIR is an environmental report that will analyze and disclose potential impacts of the Connect SoCal plan on the environment. The report is required under law by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SCAG’s PEIR will provide a region-wide assessment of potential significant environmental effects of Connect SoCal 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 is a programmatic document that will analyze potential effects of Connect SoCal on the environment. Although the Connect SoCal plan includes many transportation projects, the PEIR does not specifically analyze environmental effects of any individual transportation or development project. Project-level environmental analyses will be prepared by implementing agencies on a project-by-project basis as projects proceed through the design and decision-making process. SCAG's PEIR will analyze:

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

Notice of Preparation (NOP) Public Scoping Meetings

The NOP of a Draft Connect SoCal PEIR, which was released on January 23, 2019, began the process to seek input from interested parties on the scope and content of the environmental information that is evaluated in the Draft Connect SoCal PEIR. The 30-day public commenting period for the NOP began on January 23, 2019 and ended on February 22, 2019. Two public scoping meetings were held on February 13, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for public input.


NOP Public Scoping Meeting Materials

Contact

For more information on the Draft 2020 RTP/SCS PEIR, please contact Mr. Roland Ok at 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov.