Butte County, CA

Climate Action Plan (CAP)

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Innovation in Green Planning Award


2015-01-21 Butte County staff received a Merit Award at the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Planning Association


The award was given to Butte County for work writing, working with the community and having the Board of Supervisors adopt an innovative Climate Action Plan (CAP).  It is rare in northern California, in a somewhat rural county, to have a CAP.  Butte's CAP implements a Mitigation Measure of the 2010 Butte County General Plan 2030 to address the requirements of AB 32 and address the CEQA impacts of Greenhouse gases.


We had excellent teamwork on this project with our Consultants PMC and Ascent.


For more information, please visit our General Plan website at http://www.buttecounty.net/dds/Planning/GeneralPlan.aspx and http://www.buttegeneralplan.net .  


On January 28, 2014, the Butte County Board of Supervisors considered the adoption of the Climate Action Plan (CAP).  At that meeting, the Board raised a few questions that required staff to research and return with this additional information.  The response to the Board's request for additional information will be presented at the hearing on January 28, 2014 at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA.

UDPATE:  On February 25, 2014, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved the Climate Action Plan.  During the discussion, the Board made some minor modifications to the Draft Plan.  Here are the February 25, 2014 Board of Supervisors approved CAP amendments.  A final, complete, approved CAP is being prepared at this time and will be posted to this website soon...please stay tuned.

February 25, 2014 Butte CAP Staff Report

If you have any questions about this project, please email them to our Principle Planner, Dan Breedon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We welcome your input/comments.

Link to information provided to the Board on January 28, 2014

The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing at 9:00 am on Thursday, December 12, 2013 and reviewed the DRAFT Climate Action Plan for Butte County's unincorporated areas.  This meeting included a presentation by County staff from the Department of Development Services and PMC, some proposed cleanups to the DRAFT CAP, public comment and questions by the Planning Commission.  After a thorough review by the Planning Commission,  on a 5-0 vote, the DRAFT CAP was recommended to the Board of Supervisors for approval.  Here are the documents for your review:


December 12, 2013 Planning Commission CAP Meeting Summary Notes <NEW>


Butte Draft CAP Staff Report

Draft CAP Dec 12-2013 -Staff Report Attach.B

GHG Inventory Peer Review and Forecast Memo

GHG Reduction Target Report

Government Operations Inventory and Forecast Memo


If you have any quesitons about this project, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Breedon via phone at 530.538.7629 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.


If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please get in contact with us:

Dan Breedon, Principle Planner | Project Manager

Phone:  530.538.7629

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.