Project Description

CEQA

California Environmental Quality Act

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) generally requires state and local government agencies to inform decision makers and the public about the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects, and to reduce those environmental impacts to the extent feasible.

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THE CEQA BACKGROUND

Imagine this: A large housing tract is proposed in an area of pristine desert with desert tortoises, which are a protected species at the federal level. The area is also adjacent to an elementary school and the construction of the housing tract will create dust, noise, and traffic. The County Department of Planning is responsible for permitting this project. Under CEQA, the County would have to analyze the project’s impact on the tortoises, children, families, and the surrounding community, and identify measures to mitigate those impacts such as relocating the tortoises.

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