Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration

Public Review Period January 17, 2024 – February 17, 2024


As part of its 2013 General Plan Update, the City committed to preparing a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that focused on reducing community and municipal emissions by at least 15% by 2020 compared to the 2007 baseline inventory. In 2015, the City of La Cañada Flintridge received a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to fund the preparation of the CAP. The purpose of the City’s CAP was to identify the sources and quantity of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions generated within La Cañada Flintridge and to include strategies to reduce them in the future. In addition to reducing the city’s GHG emissions consistent with statewide goals and mitigating the community’s contribution to global climate change, implementation of the CAP helps achieve multiple community goals, such as lowering energy costs, reducing air and water pollution, supporting local economic development, and improving public health and quality of life. The CAP also serves as a qualified GHG reduction strategy and may, therefore, be utilized to tier and streamline the analysis of GHG emissions of future development within La Cañada Flintridge pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines 15152, 15183 and 15183.5. After review by the Planning Commission and City Council, the CAP was adopted on June 21, 2016.

Climate Action Plan 2016

In May 2022, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to prepare an update to the City’s 2016 Climate Action Plan as well as assess vulnerability to climate-related impacts and provide adaptation measures that build resilience to current and future climate threats. Four proposals were received, and EcoShift/Blue Strike Environmental was selected.

Efforts Underway

The CAAP project was launched in September 2022, beginning with a Kick-Off meeting on Sept. 22nd. Since that time, Blue Strike Environmental’s  project work has included data collection efforts, development of an Outreach & Engagement Plan, researching State, local, and international greenhouse gas reduction targets, and developing a Vulnerability Assessment to identify the City’s exposure to the future impacts of climate change. A detailed task summary is below:

Background Document Review

  • The following documents have been reviewed under this task:
    • General Plan
    • 2016 Climate Action Plan
    • CAP Annual Progress Report
    • CAP Initial Environmental Study/Negative Declaration
    • LCF CAP Monitoring Tool
    • City of LCF Energy Action Plan
    • City of LCF Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)
    • City of LCF Trails Master Plan
    • City of Pasadena Climate Action Plan
    • LA County 2045 CAP
    • South Pasadena Climate Action Plan

Outreach & Engagement

  • Draft and Final Public Outreach Plan completed
  • Dates and format selected for 1st community workshop series (May 18th and 20th)
  • Community Survey Design completed (see link below)

Targets Comparison

  • GHG Targets Comparison Table completed

Vulnerability Assessment

  • Draft Vulnerability Assessment currently undergoing internal (consultant) review

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

  • Data collection forms distributed & most data received (tracked in Data Request Tracker)
  • GHG Inventory Workbook created using Microsoft Excel
  • Delays in receiving some data (leading to some project delays)

Next Steps

  • Complete data collection
  • Complete GHG Inventory & Forecast
  • Finalize GHG Reduction Target(s)
  • Completion, review and finalization of Vulnerability Assessment
  • Conduct and synthesize community outreach, including workshop series and online survey
  • Draft CAAP strategy development

City-wide Survey

The City-wide Survey was live from mid-May to mid-November. Close to 200 people participated. See the following link for a summary of the results:

CAP Survey Responses

Stakeholder Workshops

Thursday, May 18, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

City Hall Council Chambers, One Civic Center Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Saturday, May 20, 2023 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

City Hall Council Chambers, One Civic Center Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 (UPDATED LOCATION)

Slide Deck from Presentation

Summary Notes

Draft Documents

Climate Action and Adaptation Plan October 2023

Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Appendices October 2023

Public Comment Period: October 13th – November 3rd.

Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration

Public Review Period January 17, 2024 – February 17, 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting March 28, 204 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers
Planning Commission review and recommendation to the City Council on adoption of the 2024 CAAP and associated Negative Declaration.

Status Report Zoom Meeting

Contact Us

For more information about the CAAP or to join the City’s mailing list for environmental-related issues, please contact the Community Development Department at 818-790-8881.