Advanced CEQA

UC San Diego Extension


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CEQA professionals must have a strong understanding of CEQA, as well as the ability to critically assess information during the environmental review process. Students will work through a project, building upon the understanding and knowledge of the CEQA process acquired in the CEQA I course and will leave this course with a solid understanding of CEQA so that they are prepared to move to more advanced work.

Key topics include:

  • Drafting defensible project descriptions and project objectives
  • Identifying and drafting direct, indirect, and cumulative impact analyses, including the identification of the cumulative study area
  • Establishing environmental baselines
  • Determining applicable and relevant thresholds
  • Identifying and drafting defensible mitigation measures
  • Mitigation monitoring and adaptive management
  • Identifying project alternatives
  • Public review, comment, and participation strategies
  • Preparing responses to comments in the final EIR process
  • Preparing the administrative record

Practical work is emphasized.  Students will evaluate an EIR and prepare public review letter commenting on the adequacy of an environmental document.

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Brian Grattidge

Brian Grattidge is an environmental land use planner with over 20 years of experience. As a consultant, Mr. Grattidge has worked extensively in the areas of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) compliance. His project experience includes a wide range of residential, commercial, industrial, mining, educational facilities, and infrastructure projects. He has assisted clients with airport compatibility planning, development review, environmental permitting, specialized planning studies, and project management. Mr. Grattidge managed the preparation of the 2011 California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook for the California Department of Transportation. Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Grattidge was a member of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where he prepared the 2003 update of the General Plan Guidelines, assisted with the 2003 CEQA Guideline Amendments, contributed to the 2003 draft Environmental Goals and Policy Report, provided CEQA support and technical training, and coordinated state review of environmental documents. Prior to his appointment to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Mr. Grattidge was a planner at the City of Woodland, California. Mr. Grattidge has been a presenter and lecturer at the UC Davis Extension, UC Berkeley Extension, American Planning Association California Conference, California Association of Environmental Professionals Conference, and the League of California Cities Planners Institute. Mr. Grattidge is a graduate of the University of California at Davis (B.A. 1989, M.A. 1992).