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  • NEW CEQA GUIDELINES

    Posted: February 2, 2012 | Posted by NLeonard | No Comments

    Stating that “Like California, CEQA must be more nimble,” Governor Brown has released new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines to implement two bills that were signed into law in 2011, SB 226 (Simitian; D-Palo Alto) and AB 900 (Buchannan; D-San Ramon).

    SB 226 also removes hurdles to harnessing solar energy and growing green-collar jobs by exempting solar projects located on existing rooftops and parking lots.

    According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, Brown stated “these reforms will fast-track key projects that put Californians to work.” The release further states that “once these draft reforms are finalized, they will simplify the approval process for infill projects by eliminating repetitive studies of environmental effects already addressed in other planning documents, such as general plans and zoning codes. This will help reduce the time and cost often associated with infill projects, while also allowing cities to focus on new or unique projects that help create jobs, revitalize cities and promote transit.”

    “Together, CEQA reforms in SB 226 and AB 900 will reduce repetitive documentation and expedite litigation timelines while preserving informed decision-making and mitigation of environmental harm.”

    The SB 226 guidelines can be found here and the AB 900 guidelines can be found here.



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