Best Practices for Addressing Impacts to Farmland under CEQA



Friday, May 19, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Although John Denver once sang that “Life on the farm is kind of laid back,” modern day life on the farm is not so relaxing as project opponents have found a new line of attack: project impacts to farmland. With the drought and other development pressures reducing the amount of land being actively farmed, this issue is becoming increasingly combative. This panel will present a summary of the case law on this nascent topic, best practices for disclosing and mitigating a project’s impacts to farmland, and how farmland impacts are viewed by lead agencies and the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Land Resource Protection. This panel will also discuss lessons learned and how agencies can ensure that their local policies are crafted to avoid unwanted complications and to craft findings that can support a findings of overriding consideration. If you are an environmental consultant, public agency representative, developer, or legal counsel who deals with CEQA documents that involve impacts to farmland, then this presentation is not to be missed.



Bruce Steubing

Bruce Steubing has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney and Project Director, specializing in federal, state, and local environmental law and regulation. After starting his career at two of Sacramento’s prominent law firms, he joined forces with Benchmark Resources to strengthen the firm’s environmental law ... Read More

Andrew Skanchy

Andrew Skanchy is Of Counsel in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. His practice focuses on CEQA advice and litigation. He represents both public and private clients in administrative proceedings and litigation involving CEQA, as well as state and local planning and zoning laws ... Read More

Matt Treber

Matt Treber serves as the County of Madera’s Director of Community and Economic Development. Prior to that, Matt was the Madera County Deputy Planning Director. He has been integrally involved in the planning of numerous projects in Madera County, including projects that impact farmland. Read More

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