Joint Workshop of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council: Comprehensive Update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines

APA California Chapter


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

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This session will provide members with an overview of the changes proposed by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to the regulatory guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA Guidelines”). The California Public Resources Code requires that OPR periodically updates the CEQA Guidelines. For the past few years, OPR has engaged in an iterative process to prepare proposed updates to the CEQA Guidelines. OPR’s proposed changes would be the most significant update to the CEQA Guidelines since 1998.

This session will focus on the major highlights of the proposed updates, including the regulatory shift in transportation analysis from the level-of-service metric to the vehicle miles traveled metric. Although the Natural Resources Agency adopts the CEQA Guidelines as regulations, the California courts have repeatedly recognized the CEQA Guidelines as having the force of statutory law. OPR is charged with periodically updating the CEQA Guidelines, and this recent update is the most comprehensive update since the late 1990s. Some of the proposed Guidelines changes are in response to recent case law. The proposed change to the CEQA Guidelines from using the level of service metric to the vehicle miles traveled metric is in response to Senate Bill 743, passed in 2014. This session intends to cover the relevant case law and statutory directives affecting the CEQA Guidelines.


Jeannie Lee, AICP

Jeannie Lee was appointed to OPR as Senior Counsel with areas of expertise in CEQA and land use law. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and is a member of the AICP. Ms. Lee is one of the 2017 statewide ... Read More

Chris Ganson

Chris was appointed to OPR as technical lead on California’s transition from level of service to vehicle miles traveled metric in transportation analysis. He previously held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the World Resources Institute, and US EPA Region 9. Chris holds master’s degrees in City ... Read More

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