The 2020 Preliminary CAP and current CAP establish GHG-reduction targets that are consistent with state-established goals and provide strategies for achieving those targets. The CAP is intended to provide the community with a well-defined framework related to energy efficiency and climate change effects and streamline future project compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
General Plans are now required to address climate change impacts and adaptation policies. The CAP was developed simultaneously with the City's 2035 General Plan Update, which includes specific policy direction to implement the CAP. The 2035 General Plan also contains many goals and policies supporting the CAP that were considered during CAP development and analysis.
The State CEQA Guidelines require analysis and mitigation of GHG emissions for proposed projects. CEQA review and permitting may be streamlined for projects that are consistent with a Climate Action Plan and accompanying development checklist, once developed. Therefore, a Climate Action Plan can provide project applicants in Woodland with a consistent, predictable, and streamlined approach to greenhouse gas emission analysis and mitigation requirements for CEQA compliance.
Additionally, CAPs and energy-efficiency plans are a requirement for many state and federal grant processes. With adoption and implementation of the CAP, the City of Woodland is prepared to meet grant application requirements when grant opportunities arise.