Land use and transportation plans and projects in the Sac Metro Air District jurisdiction have the potential to impact air quality. Sac Metro Air District staff review and provide comments through lead agency planning, environmental and entitlement processes with the goal of reducing adverse air quality impacts and
ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The following resources are provided to assist agencies and project proponents with air quality analysis and mitigation.
Project Review Principles (adopted April 2017) guide staff's review of plans and projects.
CEQA Guidance & Tools include the Guide to Air Quality Assessment in Sacramento County, thresholds of significance and emissions estimating models.
Recommended Mitigation measures for operational and construction emissions.
Mobile Sources Air Toxics Protocol to assess potential cancer risk to receptors located near major roadways and railways, and a Landscaping Guidance for Improving Air Quality near Roadways.
Model Air Quality Element contains policies for general plans.
Draft Guidance for Land Use Emission Reductions 5.0
The Recommended Guidance for Land Use Emission Reductions, Version 5.0, creates a common platform of information and tools so developers, communities, and lead agencies can disclose air emissions and select appropriate design features, conditions of approval, and mitigation to reduce those emissions.
The District is hosting a workshop on the updated guidance on January 24th at 1:00 pm. Additional information is available in the Workshop Flyer.
The Sac Metro Air District will accept written comments on the draft guidance until
February 21, 2023. Please submit comments to GHandbook@airquality.org.
Sac Metro Air District comment letters on plans and projects are publicly available.
Additionally, Sac Metro Air District staff publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting updates to guidance, changes to models, and workshops and training opportunities.