PART 2 - PROJECT IMPACTS AND THEIR MAGNITUDE
Responsibility of Lead Agency
General Information (Read Carefully)
In completing the form the reviewer should be guided by the question: Have my responses and determinations been
reasonable? The reviewer is not expected to be an expert environmental analyst.
The Examples provided are to assist the reviewer by showing types of impacts and wherever possible the threshold of
magnitude that would trigger a response in column 2. The examples are generally applicable throughout the State and for
most situations. But, for any specific project or site other examples and/or lower thresholds may be appropriate for a
Potential Large Impact response, thus requiring evaluation in Part 3.
The impacts of each project, on each site, in each locality, will vary. Therefore, the examples are illustrative and have been
offered as guidance. They do not constitute an exhaustive list of impacts and thresholds to answer each question.
The number of examples per question does not indicate the importance of each question.
! In identifying impacts, consider long term, short term and cumulative effects.
Instructions (Read carefully)
Answer each of the 20 questions in PART 2. Answer Yes if there will be any impact.
b. Maybe answers should be considered as Yes answers.
If answering Yes to a question then check the appropriate box(column 1 or 2)to indicate the potential size of the impact. If
impact threshold equals or exceeds any example provided, check column 2. If impact will occur but threshold is lower than
example, check column 1.
d. Identifying that an Impact will be potentially large (column 2) does not mean that it is also necessarily significant. Any
large impact must be evaluated in PART 3 to determine significance. Identifying an impact in column 2 simply asks that it
be looked at further.
If reviewer has doubt about size of the impact then consider the impact as potentially large and proceed to PART 3.
f. If a potentially large impact checked in column 2 can be mitigated by change(s) in the project to a small to moderate
impact, also check the Yes box in column 3. A No response indicates that such a reduction is not possible. This must be
explained in Part 3.
Impact on Land
1. Will the Proposed Action result in a physical change to the project
Examples that would apply to column 2
C Any construction on slopes of 15% or greater, (15 foot
rise per 100 foot of length), or where the general slopes
in the project area exceed 10%.
C Construction on land where the depth to the water table
is less than 3 feet.
C Construction of paved parking area for 1,000 or more
C Construction on land where bedrock is exposed or
generally within 3 feet of existing ground surface.
C Construction that will continue for more than 1 year or
involve more than one phase or stage.
C Excavation for mining purposes that would remove
more than 1,000 tons of natural material (i.e., rock or
soil) per year.
Can Impact Be