Regional Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse newsletter allows for the notification, review and evaluation of federal, state and local development and planning activities that have a potentially significant impact on the environment per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The process is intended to promote sharing of planning information in the region. The newsletter in distributed to interested parties twice monthly and is reviewed by the AMBAG Board of Directors at their monthly meetings. To be added to the regional clearinghouse distribution list please email info@ambag.org with "Regional Clearinghouse" in the subject line.

Under adopted State Clearinghouse Procedures, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) was designated the regional agency responsible for Clearinghouse operations in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties on March 12, 1984.

These procedures implement Presidential Executive Order 12372 as interpreted by the State of California Procedures for Intergovernmental Review of Federal Financial Assistance and Director Development Activities. They also implement the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) of 1970 as interpreted by State CEQA Guidelines, as well as the intent of respective AMBAG member governments as expressed by the following excerpt from the Role and Scope Memorandum of 1972: AMBAG shall serve as a regional forum for the review and discussion of plans and projects of area-wide significance.

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