Environmental Justice

The Planning Department will hold public workshops on Environmental Justice. Please click here to get more information.

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What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice is defined by state law as, "the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and income with respect to development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental law, regulation, and policies" (Gov't Code §65040.12). Essentially, Environmental Justice is intended to creates a level, or equitable, playing field for affected communities when it comes to laws, regulations, and policies that effect the environment and quality of life and health.

Environmental Justice state law requires the County to incorporate Environmental Justice policy into its General Plan to address reduction of health risks, promote civic engagement, and prioritization of captial improvements and services within "disadvantaged communities." A disadvantaged community ("EJ Community) is an area that is affected by environmental pollution and other hazards and is also typically an economically disadvantaged (e.g. low income) community.

The Project

The Planning Department is working on incorporating the new Environmental Justice (EJ) requirements into the County's General Plan.

General Plan Amendment No. 190004 will incorporate EJ within existing General Plan elements to explain the law, the County's EJ framework, policies, and identification of affected communities, or EJ Communities.


Get involved! The Riverside County Planning Department is holding workshops to inform the public about Environmental Justice and to receive public input.

Public Outreach

Workshop No. 1: May 20, 2019 (Thermal, CA)

-Notice: (English) (Spanish)

-Community Advisory Council Agenda: May 20, 2019

Workshop No. 2: May 30, 2019 (Thousand Palms, CA)

-Notice: (English) (Spanish)

-Community Advisory Council Agenda: May 30, 2019

Workshop NO. 3: June 5, 2019 (Riverside, CA)

-Notice: (English) (Spanish)

-Presentation: EJ Presentation (PC)

Questions? Contact Robert Flores by phone at (951) 955-1195 or by email at RFlores@rivco.org


Project Managers:

Peter Hersh: Phone (951) 955-8514, Email PHersh@rivco.org

Robert Flores: Phone (951) 955-1195, Email RFlores@RivCo.org (yo hablo español)