Natural Resources Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 focused on the continuing need for mineral resources and required that significant impacts of surface mining be mitigated. The California Geological Survey Minerals Resources Project helps chart information on nonfuel mineral production.

Given the extensive exploration for mineral resources that has occurred in Southern California, it is doubtful that significant (economically viable), undiscovered mineral resources exist within the City.

GOAL:

Properly manage mineral resources and protect land uses and environmental resources near mining or mineral extraction operations.

POLICIES:

NR-4.01. Mineral Resource Extraction. We permit extraction of significant mineral resources, such as excavation of borrow material for beach sand replenishment, including such extraction as an interim use prior to development.
NR-4.02. Compatibility. We ensure that mining activities are compatible with adjacent uses by reviewing and applying appropriate conditions of approval.
NR-4.03. Discretionary Approval. We require that specific development proposals for mineral extraction and all reclamation plans be subject to the discretionary approval of the Planning Commission and City Council.
NR-4.04. Project Impacts. We require assessments and mitigation of potential impacts to mineral resources as part of applications for general plan amendments, zoning changes, or any projects requiring environmental review per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), consistent with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA).
NR-4.05. Sensitive Design. We require resource extraction operations be designed to maintain the integrity of areas of "high environmental quality" and scenic areas designated by the City.

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