Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Climate Action Plan Preparations Begin

We have good news for the many San Carlos Green supporters who have sent letters to the City or signed our petition demanding the City address climate change: The City has begun the process of preparing a Climate Action Plan (”CAP”), which will be incorporated into the City’s updated General Plan. A three-person Climate Action Plan subcommittee has been formed within the General Plan Advisory Committee, consultants have been retained to assist in the Plan preparation, and a $75,000 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will be used to fund the CAP preparation.

To provide the public with sufficient input on the process, the CAP subcommittee is working on plans for a public workshop to provide input on and suggestions for Climate Action elements. When a date for this workshop is set, we will circulate this information to the San Carlos Green e-mail list.

The CAP subcommittee meetings, which are expected to begin in mid-July, will also be public meetings that any interested community members can attend, although public comment will be limited to 2 minutes per person as with the GPAC and City Council meetings. If you would like to receive e-mail notification from the City of these and related General Plan meetings, sign up at the City’s e-notify site.

If you would like to submit written comments on the Climate Action Plan preparation process, e-mail:Deborah Nelson, Planning Manager, City of San Carlos (staff lead for CAP preparation) dnelson@cityofsancarlos.org; or Suzanne Emerson, San Carlos Green task force member on CAP subcommittee suzanne@sancarlosgreen.org.

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