This session will shed light on the question ”If not under CEQA review, then where?” This panel includes land use planning and CEQA experts, together with experts in sea level rise, health risk, noise and geotechnical hazards. The panelists will focus their discussion on how planners can fill the gaps that are created by judicial and legislative changes that reduce CEQA's scope. It will provide practical strategies for how, where, and when to address these topics outside of CEQA. Margaret Sohagi will present a summary of CBIA v. BAAQMD and an analytic framework for deciding which environmental hazards must still be addressed by CEQA, and which must now be addressed in the planning process because they are outside CEQA's scope. Steve Bush will discuss the preparation of regulations for siting sensitive receptors in areas of sea level rise and near toxic air contaminants, including when to require a Health Risk Assessment in the project approval process. Lisa Wise will discuss how to address these topics through comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. Gary Black will discuss the SB 743 guidelines and Lisa Gibson will discuss how the City and County of San Francisco is adapting to SB 743 and the new CBIA v. BAAQMD ruling.
Gary is one of the founders of Hexagon and has worked in the transportation sector since 1982. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Gary graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Geography, before returning to earn his Masters in Urban Planning from UC Berkeley. In addition to his ... Read More
Lisa Gibson is the Acting Director of Environmental Planning for the San Francisco
Planning Department. She oversees CEQA review of all projects under the jurisdiction of the City and County of San Francisco, including development permits (all of which are discretionary under the City Charter), infrastructure projects, area plans, legislation ... Read More
Lisa has over 25 years of professional experience in land development codes, specific plans, housing policy, financial feasibility analysis, and the economic assessment of land use. Her resume includes over 16 years in the assessment and creation of land use policy in the State of California and Western Region and ... Read More
A member of both the Environmental Sciences and the CEQA teams at PlaceWorks, Steve’s eclectic skill set covers a wide range of technical services. He applies his knowledge and skills to field sampling for remediation projects and data analysis for health risk assessments, rail studies, and pipeline safety assessments ... Read More
Margaret Moore Sohagi is a recognized authority on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), climate change and land use planning. She has extensive experience in general plan updates, sensitive resources, the Coastal Act, planning, and zoning, takings and First Amendment including the Religious Land ... Read More
Claudia brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to her CEQA practice with a background in biology, anthropology, and environmental science. She has experience with preparing programmatic and project-specific environmental documents, developing existing conditions reports and technical memoranda, and creating maps using GIS. She was also recently appointed to the Planning Commission for ... Read More