Environmental Review

Environmental Review

Determining whether a development project will create an environmental impact is an important part of the development approval process. The City of Fremont Planning Division currently processes Environmental Impact Assessments for most projects within the City.

Depending on the scope of the project and its anticipated impacts, one or more of the following documents may have to be prepared:
  • Initial Study - A preliminary analysis prepared to determine whether a negative declaration, mitigated negative declaration or environmental impact report should be prepared
  • Negative Declaration - A statement briefly describing the reasons that a proposed project will not have a significant effect on the environment
  • Mitigated Negative Declaration - A statement similar to a negative declaration that includes measures to reduce or mitigate potential impacts to a point where no significant effect on the environment will occur
  • Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - Detailed report that identifies potentially significant impacts which may include significant and unavoidable impacts of the project
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) also provides classes or categories of projects pre-determined to be "exempt" from environmental review because they would not have a significant effect on the environment.  Exemptions from CEQA are commonly referred to as Statutory or Categorical Exemptions (CEQA Guidelines Sections 15260 and 15300).The City may file a "Notice of Exemption" (NOE) following approval of a project with the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office, but preparation of an NOE is not required under CEQA. 


Decisions about environmental impacts are governed by CEQA. Please review the documents below for information on each environmental review.

The following documents are provided for public review (Section 15087 of the CEQA Guidelines).  Technical appendices for the following environmental documents can be made available upon request by contacting the Project Planner.

Project Project Contact Resource
 Stratford School


Master Plan for the California Nursery Historical Park
Serra Apartments by St. Anton (PLN2016-00274)
Hobbs Residential (PLN2016-00270)
Washington Place Residences (PLN2016-00304)
 Audi Auto Dealership (PLN2017-00027)
Citywide Design Guidelines Amendments (PLN2016-00267)
Mission Palms Designated Neighborhood (PLN2016-00118)
Industrial Zoning Text/Map Amendments and Citywide Zoning Text/Map Cleanup and Clarification (PLN2016-00213)
MidPen Stevenson Place (PLN2016-00184)
Storage Solutions (PLN2016-00197)
PAD 2 Building Pacific Commons Planned District Amendment (PLN2016-00145)
Walnut Residence (PLN2015-00242)
Robson Homes Stevenson Place
(PLN2015-00283 and PLN2016-00229)
Centerville Junction (PLN2016-00058)
Warm Springs/S. Fremont Community Plan Planning Area 1 and 3 Master Plan (Valley Oak)
Parc 55 (PLN2014-00045)
Ardenwood Technology Park Planned District Rezoning
Warm Springs/S. Fremont Community Plan,
Planning Area 9 Master Plan (Toll)
Warm Springs/S. Fremont Community Plan, Planning Area 4 Master Plan (Lennar)
Niles Mixed Use Project (PLN2014-00338) Special Studies
Warm Springs South Fremont
Community Plan
Draft Environmental Impact Report

(Downtown Community Plan)
  • Wayne Morris
  • (510) 494-4729