Butte County, CA

Climate Action Plan (CAP)

Board of Supervisors Meeting January 28, 2014
10:00 am, Item 5.01

UPDATE on January 28, 2014, 4:17 pm - At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors received a presentation by staff and PMC.  Some public comment was also received.  The Board asked staff to provide additional information about the estimated costs to implement the Action Plan and information about additional regulations/requirements to be added to applicants/businesses as a part of this CAP.  Staff will develop responses to these questions and will return to the Board of Supervisors with this information on February 25, 2014.

Staff Report, Final DRAFT CAP, Addendum EIR and all other documents

Public Hearing - Butte County Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP), CAP Work Plan, and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Addendum - The Department of Development Services coordinated the preparation of the CAP for the unincorporated area of Butte County. The Butte County General Plan was adopted and the General Plan EIR was certified in April 2010 and was amended in November 2012 by the Butte County Board of Supervisors (County Resolutions 10-152, 10-150, 12-124, and 12-123). General Plan goals, policies, and actions to address global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions include, but are not limited to, a requirement to reduce GHG emissions from County operations and community-wide sources.

General Plan Action COS-A1.1 specifically calls for preparation, maintenance, and implementation of a CAP. The proposed CAP identifies a GHG emissions reduction target and describes how the County will reduce both community-wide and government operations emissions to achieve the target. The CAP identifies a GHG emissions reduction target of 15 percent below baseline levels by the year 2020. The year 2006 has been identified as the baseline year in conformance with state legislation. The CAP provides measures and associated actions for energy efficiency and renewable energy, alternative fuel vehicles and equipment, transportation, agriculture, and solid waste. It also addresses GHG emissions generated from County government operations and outlines a strategy the County can use to adapt to a changing climate. The CAP supports statewide GHG reduction goals identified in State Assembly Bill 32 and State Senate Bill 375.

Action requested – 1) APPROVE THE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN; 2) APPROVING THE EIR ADDENDUM; AND 3) APPROVE THE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN WORK PLAN.