ORDINANCE NO. 437 – EXHIBIT A
On April 1, 1997, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 97-25, thereby adopting a Negative Declaration for Environmental Assessment No. 694 for amendments to Titles 16 and 17 of the City's Municipal Code. Prior to its adoption, the Negative Declaration was circulated for public comment from March 4 through March 24, 1997 and no substantive comments were received from any persons or responsible agencies. In adopting the Negative Declaration, the City Council found: 1) that there would be no significant adverse environmental impacts resulting from the adoption of the amendments; 2) that many of the amendments were clarifications and minor non-substantive revisions; and 3) that the substantive amendments would reduce impacts on the environment since the requirements and regulations governing development in the City would generally be strengthened, thereby further reducing any adverse impacts to adjacent properties and upon the environment.
The City Council is currently reviewing amendments to Title 17 of the Development Code that would revise Chapter 17.11, "Affordable Housing", so as to define a process wherein a developer may request Council approval of the payment of a fee in lieu of providing affordable housing units. The City Council has independently reviewed this item and determined that the proposed amendments will not result in any new significant environmental effects. Furthermore, the City Council finds the amendments to be within the scope of EA/ND No. 694 that were prepared and adopted in conjunction with the amendments to Titles 16 and 17, which were adopted on April 19, 1997 by the City Council. As a result, the City Council finds that no further environmental review is necessary.