Develop a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

A Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) can be prepared for agency plans, policies, regulatory programs, or series of actions that can be characterized as one large project.


Mitigation policies and programs must have similar environmental impacts that can be mitigated in similar ways. Mitigation policies and programs must be:

  • Geographically related
  • Comprised of logical parts in a chain of intended actions
  • Connected as a part of a continuing program
  • Carried out under the same authorizing statue or regulatory authority

Program EIRs may provide other advantages including:

  • Facilitating the environmental review of development across a district (such as a transit station area) and planning for area-wide multimodal mitigation measures instead of vehicular capacity measures
  • Supporting the collection of an area-level fee or implementation of capital improvements
  • Streamlining the approval of certain types of development in areas that otherwise would be challenging to mitigate at the individual project level
  • Reducing reconsideration of recurring policy issues (such as VMT or multimodal impacts) and providing consideration of broad policy alternatives and mitigation in early stages of development when agencies have greater flexibility to deal with them.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources
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Process for developing an Environmental Impact Report


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Process for developing a Program Environmental Impact Report