In 2004, the Anaheim City Council certified Environmental Impact Report (EIR) No. 330, prepared as a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the General Plan and Zoning Code Update Program. In 2013, the Anaheim City Council certified Supplemental EIR Number 346, as a supplemental EIR to EIR Number 330, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15163. EIR Number 346 was prepared to serve as environmental documentation for the Housing Opportunities Sites Rezoning Project.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Streamlining for Infill Projects
The infill streamlining provisions of CEQA were adopted in compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 226 (Simitian, 2011). SB 226 was developed by the California State Legislature to address uncertainty and delay by creating a new streamlining mechanism in CEQA for infill projects that promote a specific set of environmental policy objectives. The broad purposes of SB 226 are two-fold:
Provide flexibility in project design by basing eligibility on environmental performance rather than prescribing specific project characteristics; and
Allow infill projects to avoid repetitive environmental analysis of environmental effects that were previously analyzed in a prior Environmental Impact Report for a planning-level decision.