California State Parks is restarting the process of revising the General Plan to guide future management of Red Rock Canyon State Park. The Red Rock Canyon General Plan Revision and EIR project is needed to reflect changes since the 1982 General Plan was approved.
Purpose and Need
California State Parks is developing a General Plan revision to provide a comprehensive management plan for approximately 27,000 acres within Red Rock Canyon State Park. The General Plan revision will address changing conditions, analyze the latest information and data, and incorporate lands that have been added to Red Rock Canyon State Park since the existing 1982 General Plan was approved. A General Plan serves as a blueprint for future decisions about land use, facilities, recreation opportunities, and management of natural, cultural, and physical resources, among other topics, and is required by the California Public Resources Code (PRC §5002.2).
CEQA and Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
The General Plan revision will be subject to a comprehensive environmental review pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines included in PRC §21000. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared to analyze potential significant impacts and consider alternatives, and consider potential measures that may mitigate or reduce impacts.
California State Parks will build on the foundation of work that has already been completed as part of previous efforts related to the General Plan Revision, including efforts in 2002/2003 and 2008/2009.
In the late 1990s, California State Parks decided to address the addition of land acquired as part of Red Rock Canyon State Park by preparing an amendment to the 1982 General Plan. This land, known as the Last Chance Canyon addition was acquired in 1994. To this end, California State Parks collected data, performed inventories and assessments, met with stakeholders, and held public meetings; however, the effort was suspended in 2003 due to budget constraints.
Another General Plan Revision/EIR effort was kicked off by California State Parks in fall 2008. The project went on hold again in 2009. During the 2008/2009 revision effort, California State Parks made significant progress in documenting existing conditions and worked closely with stakeholders, visitors, and other interested individuals to begin preparing the plan (including a public meeting held at Ridgecrest in December 2008).