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.
Lynne Bynder, firstname.lastname@example.org