Suggestions for CEQA Guideline Revisions

Suggestions for CEQA Guideline Revisions

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the Natural Resources Agency is open to suggestions into what revisions, if any, should be made to the Guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As many of us who do public work know, CEQA is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts.

As part of the update process, they are seeking suggestions for improvements to the CEQA Guidelines that accomplish the following goals:
• Make the environmental review process more efficient and meaningful
• Reflect California’s adopted policy priorities, including, among others, addressing climate change, promoting of infill development, and conserving natural and fiscal resources
• Reflect statutory changes to CEQA and cases interpreting CEQA

The window for submitting suggestions is only open for a few more days. They can be submitted electronically to before August 30, 2013 at 5:00pm.


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