Jedi CEQA - The Streamlining Force is With Me. I'm One with the Force

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PDT

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Making CEQA review efficient has historically received considerable attention in the State Legislature, seeking to 'reform' or 'modernize' the statute. While statutory amendments achieved some progress in specialized situations, such as infill, recent court decisions and planning practices of innovative jurisdictions have added important arrows to the quiver of CEQA streamlining.  This panel brings together CEQA experts from environmental planning practice, CEQA law and litigation, and CEQA leadership in local government to offer the most contemporary opportunities for CEQA streamlining. The latest strategy innovations will be shared. They include targeted use of strategic Program EIRs, Community Plan consistency processes using exemptions, Master EIRs linked to the General Plan, and prior project EIRs still valid and valuable for later approvals. A systematic environmental review procedure built on a Program EIR or a Community Plan EIR can help public agencies approve later projects without repeated environmental documents, such as for land management actions with recurring CEQA project approvals or private developments consistent with adopted Area Plans or Community Plans.  Also, recent court decisions have bolstered use of 'within the scope' findings in Program EIRs and ability to avoid repeated EIRs when supplemental review of a later project decision occurs. 

The precedents and practice implications of CEQA court decisions and the legal guidance provided by the CEQA statute and guidelines will be key components of the presentations and discussions.  The theme of the session relates to efficient approaches to comply with a state law.


Curtis Alling, AICP

Curtis is a CEQA and NEPA expert with over 35 years of experience. He specializes in natural resources, climate change, water supply, transportation, and park and recreation issues. Curtis is a founding principal of Ascent Environmental, an environmental and planning consultancy in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, and Berkeley. Read More

James Moose, JD

Jim is Senior Partner in Remy Moose Manley, LLP with over 30 years of experience in CEQA, NEPA, and other environmental laws. His litigation experience includes the Appellate Court and State Supreme Court, where decisions have created numerous significant legal precedents. Jim is also co-author of the Guide to CEQA. Read More

Lisa Gibson

As Director of Environmental Planning and Environmental Review Officer, Lisa oversees CEQA review for all projects in the City and County of San Francisco, including area plans, private developments, and public infrastructure. With 23 years of experience, she serves as the senior CEQA authority to elected officials and city agencies. Read More

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