C. Environmental Review Committee.
D. Negative Declaration. A negative declaration shall be recommended to the lead agency for a project which could potentially have a significant effect on the environment but which ERC determines on the basis of an initial study will not have a significant effect on the environment.
1. If the ERC determines that the project qualifies for a negative declaration, the ERC shall prepare a recommendation for negative declaration on a form on file in the planning department.
3. Upon completion of a draft EIR, the EIR shall be reviewed by the planning department and the ERC for major errors and completeness. The person or persons who prepared the EIR shall be required to provide any additional information deemed necessary.
4. At the same time the notice of completion has been published, the draft EIR is released for public review and comment. One copy of the draft EIR shall be placed on file with the county clerk and one copy shall be provided the local library. Copies shall be distributed to all known public agencies having jurisdiction by law or known to be affected by the project. Copies of the draft EIR shall also be made available to any person upon request at cost of reproduction.
5. A minimum period of thirty days shall be allowed for review and submission of comments by public agencies, individuals and groups. All responses shall be directed to the county planning department.
6. The review process shall focus on the adequacy of the EIR in discussing possible impacts upon the environment, ways in which adverse effects might be minimized, and the alternatives to the project in light of the intent of the CEQA to provide decision makers with useful information about such factors.
7. At the end of the review period, a legal notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation, describing the project and project area and stating the time and place at which a public hearing will be held by the lead agency to consider the draft EIR. Adjacent property owners shall be mailed a copy of the notice.
8. The public hearing shall be held by the lead agency at the posted time and place. The planning department shall present a summary of the comments received on the EIR, the responses to those comments and the recommendation of the ERC. The hearing shall concentrate on significant environmental points raised in the review process and their disposition. The lead agency shall discuss and consider the comments received.
9. The draft EIR or its revision, comments received (either verbatim or in summary), a list of persons, organizations and agencies commenting and the responses to comments received, shall constitute the final environmental impact report.
10. If the hearing body of the lead agency finds that the final EIR has been prepared and reviewed in compliance with this title and the CEQA, it shall certify the final EIR as adequate and that it has reviewed and considered the information contained in the EIR prior to action on the project. If this fining cannot be made, the lead agency shall direct the redrafting of the EIR, require the preparation of additional information or addressing of the determined deficiencies and shall direct that the matter be set for a subsequent public hearing.
11. After acting on a project for which an EIR has been prepared, a notice of determination shall be filed with the county clerk (on a form on file in the planning department) and a copy retained in the appropriate file.
12. If the subject project requires discretionary approval from a state agency, the process of preparation for recommendation for negative declaration and EIRs shall be altered as follows:
(Ord. 79-16 § 17.09, 1979.)