The Governor, Senate President and many others have publicly proclaimed that they’d like to see CEQA reform in 2013. CBPA is part of a broad coalition of business groups, schools, local governments, and others pushing comprehensive modernization. Of course, “reform” is always in the eye of the beholder, and it remains to be seen if legislators will pursue meaningful reform or simply tinker around the edges. CBPA and our coalition are pushing to ensure that we maintain CEQA’s original intent of environmental protection, while limiting abuses of the law that unnecessarily hinder economic growth and job creation. Special thanks to State Senator Michael J. Rubio (D-Bakersfield) for his leadership on this issue.
Here are the “Policy Principles for CEQA Modernization” we are pursuing:
* Integrate Environmental and Planning Laws
* Eliminate Duplication
* Focus CEQA Litigation on Compliance with Environmental and Planning Laws
* Enhance Public Disclosure and Accountability
It is time to modernize CEQA to conform with California’s comprehensive environmental laws and regulations. Thoughtful CEQA reforms can preserve the law’s original intent – environmental protection – while preventing special interest CEQA abuses that jeopardize community renewal, job-creation and the environment.
We look forward to working with the Governor, the new Legislature, and our broad coalition of partners to move reform forward.
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