Frequently Asked Questions
A general plan defines a park’s primary purpose, land use opportunities, and establishes a management direction for the future. By providing a clear purpose and vision, long and short-term goals can be developed which provide a management framework which guides day-to-day decision making and serves as the basis for developing programs. A general plan is required by law prior to any substantial development of facilities.
When a park has an existing general plan which requires changes, there are two major ways to incorporate those changes. An amendment may be used to incorporate changes into an existing document, or, when the changes are more extensive, a general plan revision is used. An amendment is an addition to an existing document while a revision completely replaces the old document. The revision will follow the same process and format as would a new general plan.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires public agencies to analyze all “reasonably foreseeable significant environmental effects” of approving a project (CEQA Guidelines Section 15152). This analysis is contained in a document called an environmental impact report (EIR).
An EIR looks at the current surrounding environment factors, including plants, animals, soils, air, water, noise, traffic and other projects occurring nearby. The EIR analyzes how these factors might be impacted by the proposed development or policies, then provides alternatives and mitigation measures.
The EIR prepared for this General Plan is considered a program EIR. This type of document addresses a broad range of possible land use opportunities and future long-range management, but may not analyze specific projects which could require additional environmental review when the projects are proposed for implementation.
Input from visitors, neighbors, agencies, and other stakeholders will be used to create a detailed General Plan that guides future development and management of Carnegie SVRA. As shown in the project schedule, State Parks will be seeking input from stakeholders throughout the process.
The Alameda-Tesla properties were purchased by the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of California State Parks during the time period from May 1996 to April 1998. The property acquisitions were accomplished entirely with funding from California’s Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trust Fund. The OHV Trust Fund during that time period was supported exclusively from fees and taxes associated with OHV recreation. No funding from the state’s general fund was used to acquire the properties.
The three primary funding sources of the OHV Trust Fund during the time period from May 1996 – April 1998 were:
# 1. Entrance fees generated at State Vehicular Recreation Areas (SVRAs),
# 2. OHV Registration fees, and
# 3. Fuel taxes from gasoline consumed during OHV recreation on public lands.
6. When the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area is managed as part of the Carnegie SVRA, will OHV recreation occur everywhere?
No. Some parts of the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area contain sensitive cultural and natural resources. OHV recreation and other types of suggested uses would be planned to occur outside these sensitive areas.
7. Is the OHVMR Division of State Parks planning on allowing open riding areas on the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area?
The general planning process will consider many kinds of OHV recreation options (i.e. open riding, trail riding only, one way single track trails, 4WD touring routes, rotating hill-climbs, motocross tracks, multi-use trails, etc.). Goals and guidelines will be developed as part of a deliberate and transparent public planning effort which will indicate what types of uses will be appropriate based on the natural and cultural resources. OHMVR Division specific resource conservation mandates, as well as other state and federal natural and cultural resource protective measures will be complied with in the management of these areas.
8. Why does the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area need to be operated as part of Carnegie SVRA? Why can’t it be donated or transferred to a local park district for operation?
The Alameda-Tesla acquisition area is owned by the OHMVR Division of California State Parks and was purchased with 100% funding from the OHV Trust Fund. The acquisition area was purchased in accordance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Act that requires, in part:
Existing off-highway motor vehicle recreational areas, facilities, and opportunities should be expanded and managed in a manner consistent with this chapter, in particular to maintain sustained long-term use. (Public Resource Code 5090.02©(1))
Management of the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area will be guided by the General Plan/EIR process and provide for protection of the area’s sensitive natural and cultural resources, while providing for recreational opportunities. This reflects the dual natured mission of the OHMVR Division.
9. Will the General Plan include the existing SVRA and the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area or just the acquisition area?
The General Plan will guide management and operation of the existing SVRA and the Alameda-Tesla acquisition area.
10. The “Notice of Preparation” (NOP) scoping period has concluded. Am I still able to submit comments on the General Plan?
Yes. The NOP, which is a requirement of any Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has a state-mandated 30-day review period (also referred to as the scoping period), which was administratively extended until July 11, 2012. Posting of the NOP allows State Parks to mark the beginning of the CEQA review process and establish the baseline against which impacts of the General Plan will be evaluated in the EIR.
We are still accepting comments on the General Plan through this website. We are asking for more targeted input on the concept alternatives and hope you can make it to the public workshop on June 10, 2013.
The planning area is located in both San Joaquin and Alameda counties and the General Plan will address the future uses and management of both the existing SVRA and the acquisition area. The first workshop was held on May 21, 2012, in Livermore (Alameda County). The second workshop is scheduled for June 10th, 2013 in Tracy (San Joaquin County). The third workshop is tentatively scheduled again for Alameda County.
The June 2013 workshop will be an open house format and held over 2.5 hours to allow people to attend when they are available. While the workshop provides an in-person opportunity to interact with the planning team and staff, the same information and opportunities to comment will be present on the website for more than a month following the workshop. We will accept written comments at the workshop, online, via email, or by mail.
The concepts we are presenting at the June 2013 workshop are not EIR alternatives, as required by CEQA. We are presenting several broad land use and management concepts that consider both resources and recreation opportunities. These will be used to refine one “preferred concept” that will ultimately be used to create the General Plan.
The planning team will present the draft preferred concept at the third workshop, which will be held in Alameda County. Comments and ideas will still be accepted on this concept before it is used in the General Plan.