By Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 11:54:51 PM PDT

Chino City Council members approved its General Plan on Tuesday with a requirement that a climate action plan will be required by 2013.

The agreement is part of a lawsuit that was settled with a San Diego-based environmental group – Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development, or CREED.

The group argued the city’s General Plan did not include an adequate air-pollution study for children and the elderly.

It also said the General Plan lacked an adequate study on greenhouse gases and failed to consider alternative citywide development that would have reduced impacts on the environment.

According to the city’s staff report, the settlement agreement requires several actions related to the “Climate Action Plan” and it is required to be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.

There will be several elements to the plan with the main goal of establishing a target percentage reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020, according to a staff report.

To further comply with the provisions of the settlement agreement, a climate impact study process will be added to the General Plan and after that city officials will carry out the climate impact study process and comply with the settlement agreement, said Brent Arnold, Chino’s interim director of community development.