California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Blog post
November 14, 2011, 4pm PST

After reading an article on the misuse of CEQA in California,* I took a short look at New York law.  In New York, city planners must prepare an environmental assessment when property is rezoned, and must prepare a more detailed environmental impact statement (EIS) if property has a significant effect on the environment.  

Michael Lewyn
November 14, 2011, 10am PST
When a student housing firm faced competition in the form of a proposed new building at USC, it filed a lawsuit against them using CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act). Then they sued the developer's other projects too.
The Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2011, 5am PDT
A new organization in California is advocating for reforms to make infill a more viable option for communities around the state of California. Their three talking points: redevelopment, CEQA reform, and parking requirements.
The Planning Report
November 19, 2009, 2pm PST
The California High Speed Rail Blog says that the biggest obstacle to building HSR in California isn't the cost, but a number of problems with the planning process, especially the California Environmental Quality Act.
California High Speed Rail Blog
October 22, 2009, 2pm PDT
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that allows developers of a planned football stadium in Southern California to bypass environmental laws and speed up the planning process.
Los Angeles Times
October 15, 2009, 1pm PDT
The California State Senate has approved a bill that grants a proposed stadium project in the City of Industry an exemption from the CEQA process.
Pasadena Star-News
September 22, 2009, 12pm PDT
Although climate change is a predominant issue for California's land use planners, they concede they are just making up new practices and lack the tools they really need. Paul Shigley reports from the CAL APA Conference.
California Planning & Development Report
March 17, 2009, 9am PDT
The California Environmental Quality Act is being set aside for a handful of stimulus projects, but even when the project is to the benefit of the community many see the sidelining as silencing much-needed input.
California Planning & Development Report
December 29, 2008, 10am PST
Gov. Schwarzenegger wants the California Environmental Quality Act- a requirement for major transportation projects- waived if he is to sign the $18 billion Democratic package that balances the budget and is crafted to circumvent Republican approval.
Sacramento Bee
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