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What is CEQA?
CEQA, or the California Environmental Quality Act, sets statewide policies that require state and local agencies to identify, avoid or lessen significant environmental impacts.
What is the process?
A public agency will determine if a proposed activity is considered a “project.” If the proposed activity is a project and not exempt from CEQA then the following process is initiated:
- Public agency evaluates the project to determine if there is a possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.
- Lead agency prepares initial study to determine to issue either an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or a Negative Declaration.
- Comments are issued. A decision to assign either the EIR or Negative Declaration is made.
- State and local agencies will come to a decision about the project. State agencies will file a Notice of Determination with the Office of Planning & Research, while local agencies will file Notice of Determination with County Clerk.
What are the general CEQA statutes and guidelines?