2017 CEQA Update

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PDT

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CEQA is a constantly evolving law. With as many as 25 court cases each year offering interpretations of the Act and an occasional new statute from the Legislature. Just for spice this year, there are also proposed changes to the CEQA Guidelines that will greatly change how we examine traffic impacts. Keeping up with CEQA's changes can be a challenge, but the alternative is to run the risk of inadvertently preparing a CEQA document that doesn't meet current standards.  Join our panel of experienced practitioners for a look at what's been happening in CEQA during 2016. During this session, we will describe the new statute added by 2016 legislation. We will discuss the lessons to be learned from the decisions of the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court since late 2016. We will take a look at the proposed CEQA Guidelines amendments making Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) the traffic metric in place of road congestion. Finally, we will go over any 2017 legislation that's reached the Governor's desk for his consideration that may be new law in 2018. If you're interested in what's new with CEQA this year, here's the place to find out.

The objective of this session is to keep the attendees up to date on CEQA's changing legal requirements. The session will cover several aspects of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) from the point of view of its requirements for the legal adequacy of environmental impact assessments. This will include descriptions of the CEQA statutes enacted in 2016, CEQA decisions rendered by the California Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, and proposed revisions to the CEQA Guidelines, California's statewide regulations for implementing CEQA. 


Al Herson, FAICP

Al Herson is an environmental attorney and planner with over 35 years’ experience. He is a recognized authority on CEQA and NEPA, land use law, and natural resources law. Al serves as Sohagi Law Group’s Sacramento presence, where he helps public agency clients prepare legally-defensible environmental and planning documents ... Read More

Sally Zeff, AICP

Sally Zeff has more than 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, permitting, and planning consulting; she also has extensive experience serving as a public agency planner. She has strong qualifications in preparing analyses for CEQA and NEPA compliance and permitting, related to mixed-use land development; transportation; renewable, fossil, and ... Read More

Rich Walter

Rich Walter has more than 22 years of experience in environmental planning, compliance strategy, permitting, and mitigation development and implementation. He has worked on numerous controversial and complex environmental planning and compliance projects involving both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Rich has directed ... Read More

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Hanson Hom, hansonapa@gmail.com