Whenever the following words are used within this chapter, they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section (for an expanded listing of commonly used wording refer to the EIR guidelines, Section 15020 of the California Administrative Code):
A. "CEQA" means the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 as amended by subsequent action of the state legislature.
B. "Categorical exemption" means an exception from the requirements of CEQA for classes of projects which do not have a significant effect on the environment. Article 8 Section 15100 of the state EIR guidelines list those items determined by the Secretary for resources which are exempt.
C. "Emergency" means a sudden, unexpected occurrence demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss or damage to life, health, property or essential public services.
D. "Environment" means the conditions which exist within the area which will be affected by a proposed project, including, but not limited to, land, air, water, flora, fauna, ambient noise, objects of historic significance, and social and economic conditions.
E. "Environmental checklist initial study" is used for preliminary analysis by the environmental review committee to determine the appropriate document to be prepared for environmental review.
F. "Environmental documents" means draft and final EIRs, negative declarations, initial study information forms, environmental checklist initial study, expanded initial study, notice of completion, notice of exemption and notice of determination. A staff report may also be included as an environmental document in action by the lead agency.
G. "EIR" means the environmental impact report.
H. 1. "Draft EIR" contains a description of the subject project, the environmental setting, the anticipated environmental impacts, mitigation measures and alternatives. The planning department shall provide a description of contents of EIRs.
2."Final EIR" means a draft EIR which contains comments received in the review process, a list of persons commenting and the response to these comments (see Section 15146 of the state guidelines).
I. "Expanded initial study" means a document which provides responses to an initial study so that potential adverse effects are mitigated to a point where no significant environmental effects occur.
J. "Lead agency" means the public agency which has the principal responsibility for carrying out or approving the project. The planning commission is the lead agency on subdivisions, use permits, zoning, general plan amendments and all other projects acted upon by the commission. In some instances the board of supervisors is the lead agency when a project is acted upon by the board which has not been reviewed by the planning commission.
K. "Environmental review committee (ERC)" means the committee which reviews and makes recommendations to the advisory lead agency. The ERC shall be made up of the following members or their delegated representatives; who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors:
1. The county planner who shall act as chairman-secretary to the committee
2. The county engineer
3. The chief building inspector
4. The county assessor
5. The agricultural commissioner or the county farm advisor
6. A representative of local native Americans
7. The county sanitarian
8. A member of the general public appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
9. A representative of the Del Norte Association of Realtors appointed by the Del Norte Association of Realtors.
The ERC shall meet at the time and place designated by the Chairman, the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors. A quorum is five voting members.
L. "Negative declaration" means a written statement by the county that a project will not have a significant adverse effect on the environment.
M. "Notice of completion" means a notice filed by the county when a draft EIR is completed and sent out for review.
N. "Notice of determination" means a brief notice filed by the county when it approves or denies a project which is subject to the requirements of CEQA.
O. "Notice of exemption" means a brief notice which may be filed by the county when it has approved or determined to carry out a project and has determined that the project is ministerial, categorically exempt, an emergency project or otherwise not regulated by this chapter.
P. "Person" includes an individual, partnership, association, organization, business, trust, corporation or company.
Q. "Project" means the whole of an action resulting in impact(s) on. the environment. Project includes the enactment and amendment of zoning ordinances and the amendment of the adopted general plan and its elements. Project does not include each separate approval by the county or its agencies.
R. "Responsible agency" means a public agency which proposes to undertake or approve a project, but is not the lead agency for the project. This includes all agencies other than the county which have discretionary approval power over the project.
S. "Significant effect" means a substantial, adverse impact on the environment.
T. "State guidelines" means Title 14, Division 6, Chapter 3, Section 15000 of the California Administrative Code, also known as the state EIR guidelines, published in the EIR Monitor.
(Ord. 2010-08 § 2,3,4, 2010: Ord. 2010-02 § 2, 2010:Ord. 82-09 § 2 Exh. A(15) and (16), 1982:Ord. 79-16 §17.03, 1979.)