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0 <br />PALEONTOLOGICAL GUIDELINES <br />GENERAL POLICY <br />iM <br />The policies set forth below shall be used to guide the development or redevelopment <br />of lands within the City: <br />A. The City shall, through its planning policies and permit conditions, ensure the <br />preservation of paleontological resources and require that the impact caused by <br />any development be mitigated in accordance with the California Environmental <br />Quality Act. <br />B. The City shall prepare and maintain sources of information regarding <br />paleontological sites and the names and addresses of responsible organizations <br />and qualified individuals who can analyze, classify, record, and preserve <br />paleontological findings. <br />C. If determined to be necessary by the Planning Director, it shall be the <br />responsibility of a landowner or developer prior to the commencement of land <br />development to cause the proposed site to be examined to determine the <br />existence and extent of paleontological resources. The examination shall be by <br />qualified observers, approved by the City. The observers shall prepare and <br />submit to the City a written report describing findings and making <br />recommendations for further action. The report shall discuss both positive and <br />negative aspects of the effects of the proposed development on paleontological <br />resources. The report shall be considered as part of the CEQA review process <br />and, if appropriate, the recommendations shall be included as mitigation <br />measures and conditions of approval for the project. <br />D. Based on the report and recommendations of the observers, the City shall take <br />such steps as are necessary to assure that any findings or sites are recorded, <br />preserved and protected. These steps may include requiring the landowner or <br />developers to incur reasonable expenditures of time or money, encouraging the <br />involvement of appropriate volunteer or non - profit organizations or acquisition <br />of the sites by public or private agencies. Provision shall be made for the deposit <br />of scientifically valuable paleontological materials which are removed from the <br />site with responsible public or private institutions. In all cases, the City shall <br />seek responsible scientific advice and make the necessary decisions consistent <br />with the public interest. <br />1