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San Juan Capistrano General Plan Element Update

Environmental Justice Element


Posted December 21, 2021.  Comments to the Public Review Draft should be submitted by January 12, 2022.  Planning Commission Public Hearing January 19, 2022.

State law requires environmental justice policies to be incorporated into a General Plan when two or more General Plan Elements are updated. The requirement for the City to update both the Housing Element and the Safety Element triggered the need to evaluate any areas of the City which may constitute Communities of Focus because they have a higher proportion of disadvantages. These Communities of Focus are areas which have a higher amount of environmental, economic, and social challenges in relation to other areas of the City. The Environmental Justice Element will establish policies and goals to ensure that any Communities of Focus have the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment to live, learn, and work.

Community of Focus:

The City has determined that the area identified in the map below constitutes a Community of Focus as defined by state law. The area is generally bounded by the I-5 freeway to the east, Del Obispo Street to the south and Trabuco Creek to the west and north.

The City of San Juan Capistrano will prepare a new Environmental Justice Element that will address the following environmental justice goals, policies, and objectives for the Community of Focus, as required by State law:

  • Reduction of pollution exposure and improving air quality
  • Promoting access to public facilities
  • Promoting access to healthy foods
  • Promoting safe and sanitary homes
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Promoting civic engagement
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