Author: Oscar Balaguer
Per city staff, Rancho Cordova’s draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) will be soon released for public review. It will go to the Planning Commission on April 12 and to a City Council workshop in May, 2023. CAPs are the best way local agencies can reduce community GHG emissions. But a bad CAP is worse than none, because it will actually facilitate approving climate-damaging projects.
350 Sacramento commented on preliminary CAP documents in May 2021, June 2021, December 2022, and (after meeting with staff) March 2023. We expressed concerns about the City of Rancho Cordova’s proposed CEQA compliance strategy and review process, as well as the CAP’s lack of specificity and technical substantiation. We’re gratified that the City of Rancho Cordova no longer plans to use an EIR addendum for CEQA compliance, and will now submit the draft to the planning commission. We’ll review the upcoming draft and associated CEQA documents for legal and technical adequacy.
Citizen interest is a key element in getting a good CAP. If you want to help drive strong local climate action, and especially if you‘re a Rancho Cordova resident, please ask to get on the CAP email list (send request to firstname.lastname@example.org), and watch for news in the 350 Sacramento newsletter and blog.
By 350 Volunteer Oscar Balaguer