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PALEONTOLOGICAL GUIDELINES K -5 <br />I. 'GENERAL POLICY. The policies set forth below shall be used to guide <br />the development or redevelopment of lands within the City: <br />A. The City shall, through its planning policies and permit <br />conditions, insure the preservation of paleontological <br />resources and require that the impact caused by any <br />development be mitigated in accordance with the California <br />Environmental Quality Act of 1970. <br />B. The City shall prepare and maintain sources of information <br />regarding paleontological sites and the names and addresses <br />of responsible organizations and qualified individuals who <br />can analyze, classify, record, and preserve paleontological <br />findings. <br />C. It shall be the responsibility of a landowner or developer <br />prior to the commencement of land development to cause the <br />proposed site to be examined to determine the existence and <br />extent of paleontological resources. The examination shall <br />be by qualified observers, approved by the City. The <br />observers shall prepare and submit to the City a written <br />report describing findings and making recommendations for <br />further action. The report shall discuss both positive <br />and negative aspects of the effects of the proposed <br />development on paleontological resources. <br />D. Based on the report and recommendations of the observers, <br />the City shall take such steps as are necessary to assure <br />that any findings or sites are recorded, preserved and <br />protected. These steps may include requiring the landowner <br />or developers to incur reasonable expenditures of time or <br />money, encouraging the involvement of appropriate volunteer <br />or non - profit organizations or acquisition of the sites by <br />public or private agencies. Provision shall be made for <br />the deposit of scientifically valuable paleontological <br />materials which are removed from the site with responsible <br />public or private institutions. In all cases, the City <br />shall seek responsible scientific advice and make the <br />necessary decisions consistent with the public interest. <br />II. DETAILED'PROCEDURES. The following procedures shall be used in exam- <br />ining and reporting on possible paleontological sites. <br />A. The site examination shall consist of: <br />1. A walk -over site survey. <br />2. Review of publications and reports on the <br />geology or paleontology of the area. <br />3. Analysis of all available soils information. <br />4. Examination of the relationship of the proposed <br />development site to known or potential fossil <br />producing areas identified in available records.