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Draft Environmental Impact Report for Novato General Plan 2035 Now Available

Post Date:02/28/2020 9:00 AM

The City of Novato Community Development Department is pleased to announce the availability of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for General Plan 2035. The DEIR, prepared pursuant to the requirements of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), evaluates the potentially significant environmental impacts of implementing General Plan 2035 and four alternative project scenarios, as well as the biotechnology/life sciences campus modifications and implementing ordinances addressing lighting, bee keeping, parking lot landscaping, tree replacement, wetland protection, solar facilities, and community gardens. The DEIR identifies potentially significant impacts in the CEQA impact categories of air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology, noise, transportation/traffic, and tribal cultural resources. The majority of potentially significant impacts can be mitigated to a less than significant level. However, there are significant and unavoidable impacts in the CEQA impact category of transportation/traffic.

The DEIR is available for public review online at, and hardcopies may be viewed at:

  • Novato Community Development Department at 922 Machin Avenue, Novato
  • Novato Library at 1720 Novato Boulevard, Novato
  • South Novato Library at 931 C Street, Novato

Comment Period 
The DEIR is available for public comment beginning on February 28, 2020 and ending on April 13, 2020. Comments may be submitted, in writing, by email by 5pm on April 13, 2020 to or mailed to:

Steve Marshall, Planning Manager
City of Novato - Planning Division
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945

Public Hearing
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm in Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue to receive public comments on the adequacy of the DEIR prepared for General Plan 2035.

What is the General Plan 2035?
General Plan 2035 is a comprehensive update of Novato’s 1996 General Plan, and establishes policies and programs addressing the community’s vision of Novato through 2035. General Plan 2035 applies citywide and covers land use, housing, transportation, public facilities, community character, public safety, open space, air quality, climate change, sustainability, noise, parks and recreation, economic vitality, and governance.

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