Practical CEQA eBook: A Stepwise Guide to California Environmental Quality Act Compliance
A step-by-step reference for public agency staff, consultants, attorneys, developers, and interested citizens to help them understand the environmental review process. It will explain CEQA from start to finish in plain language. Additionally, it includes practical advice to help CEQA practitioners make their way through the process.
With this book users will be better able to:
Understand the environmental review process and determine the roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies
Determine whether CEQA applies to proposed projects and when exemptions are applicable
Learn when a Negative Declaration is appropriate or when an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) must be prepared
Prepare a legally defensible Negative Declaration, Mitigated Negative Declaration, or EIR
Prepare a “program level” EIR and understand how to streamline CEQA by “tiering” later analyses from that EIR
Write feasible, enforceable, and effective mitigation measures
Meaningfully review, evaluate, and comment on CEQA documents prepared by other public agencies
Prepare joint CEQA/NEPA documents to satisfy both CEQA and the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
This book is intended to be used as a general guide to implementing CEQA. It selectively cites CEQA (Pub. Res. Code Secs. 21000–21177), the State CEQA Guidelines (14 Cal. Code Reg. 15000-15387), other relevant statutes, and case law when doing so clarifies the underlying legal authority for a particular requirement. For more detailed information users should consult the CEQA statute, the State CEQA Guidelines, and relevant case law. The legal citations in the book are not exhaustive and should not be taken as legal advice. When in doubt, always consult with legal counsel.