Report 2012-109 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2012-109: City of San Diego: Although It Generally Followed Requirements for Reviewing Permits, It Could Do More to Protect Historical Resources and to Notify the Public Properly About Its Actions (Release Date: April 2013)

Recommendation #3 To: San Diego Mayor's Office, City of

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's decision that a project is exempt from CEQA, Development Services should ensure that the exemption notice includes the information outlined in the CEQA guidelines.

1-Year Agency Response

The City has updated its CEQA Notice of Exemption shell to include all required information.

  • Completion Date: November 2013
  • Response Date: April 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

The City's CEQA exemption notice has been revised to include all information outlined in the CEQA guidelines and staff has received training on the revised notice.

  • Completion Date: October 2013
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented

The city did not provide evidence to substantiate its claim of full implementation.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

60-Day Agency Response

The City's CEQA exemption notice will be revised to include all information outlined in the CEQA guidelines and staff will receive training on the revised notice. The City is currently processing code amendments to clarify how the public is noticed of the right to appeal an environmental determination and the timing for when an appeal of an environmental determination must be filed. The amendments clarify the City's process for issuance of the NORA including details regarding the location the notice must be posted, who the notice must be distributed to, and the timing required for availability of the notice. The last action for that project occurred on March 20, 2013 at the City Council Committee on Rules and Economic Development where the Committee recommended approval. The amendments are pending City Council approval.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/15/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented


All Recommendations in 2012-109

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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