Land use and transportation plans and projects in the SacMetro AQMD jurisdiction have the potential to impact air quality. SacMetro AQMD staff review and provide comments through lead agency planning, environmental and entitlement processes with the goal of reducing adverse air quality impacts and
ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The following resources are provided to assist agencies and project proponents with air quality analysis and mitigation.
Project Review Principles (adopted April 2017) guide staff's review of plans and projects.
CEQA Guidance & Tools include the Guide to Air Quality Assessment in Sacramento County, thresholds of significance and emissions estimating models.
Recommended Mitigation measures for operational and construction emissions.
Roadway Protocol to assess potential cancer risk to receptors located near major roadways and a Landscaping Guidance for Improving Air Quality near Roadways.
Model Air Quality Element contains policies for general plans.
SacMetro AQMD comment letters on plans and projects are publicly available.
Additionally, SacMetro AQMD staff publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting updates to guidance, changes to models, and workshops and training opportunities.
SacMetro AQMD has a new grant program category within its Targeted Green Infrastructure Fund (TGIF) for transit stop improvements. The purpose of the TGIF is to reduce air pollution emissions and gain health and climate benefits from reducing vehicle travel by making small, strategic investments that facilitate walking, bicycling and transit use as a means of everyday transportation.
The current funding cycling of the TGIF offers reimbursement of up to $40,000 for the improvement of transit stops with ADA accessibility infrastructure, seating, shelter, shade trees, and/or solar-powered lighting. Public transit agencies or organizations that have or maintain transit stops or stations in the six-county SACOG region are eligible to apply.
See Application and Program Information for more details.