Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Report and First Hearing of an Ordinance to Adopt a Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags

Notice is hereby given that on January 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) will hold a Public Hearing at Santa Rosa City Hall, located at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, California. At that time, the SCWMA will consider a proposed ordinance to adopt a waste reduction program for carryout bags (the Ordinance). The Ordinance proposes to reduce solid waste related to the use and litter of paper and plastic carryout bags received by customers at retail establishments in Sonoma County.

As the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, the SCWMA determined that an Environmental Impact Report was necessary to study the potential impacts associated with the adoption of the Ordinance. Accordingly, an EIR (SCH # 2012102039) was prepared. The Final EIR is now complete and addresses environmental impacts and analyzes alternatives to the proposed Ordinance. All impacts were found to be either beneficial or less than significant, with no mitigation measures required.

At this public hearing, the SCWMA Board of Directors will consider and may certify the Final EIR and may vote to introduce and hear or waive the first reading of the Ordinance.

The Final EIR and the proposed Ordinance are available for viewing at the SCWMA's website here. (the ordinance is at the end of the Final EIR document). Copies of the documents are also available for viewing at the SCMWA office at 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B100, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.