Findings: How to Bridge the Analytic Gap Between Raw Evidence & the Decision
Saturday, May 20, 2017
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT
San Francisco, CA, United States
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Come learn how to turn facts into findings! More than 40 years have passed since the California Supreme Court penned the famous words in Topanga Association for a Scenic Community v. County of Los Angeles regarding the importance of making factually based, substantive findings. As the Supreme Court put it, in drafting findings, the lead agency must explain the analytic route the agency traveled from evidence to action.
Properly crafted findings reflect the substantial evidence upon which the agency’s determination is made and allows interested parties to draw conclusions and sub- conclusions from that information. After all these years one would expect that drafting findings would be an easy task. It is not. How best can a lead agency in fact show the path it traveled from evidence to action? How do we bridge the gap between raw evidence and the ultimate decision as the Supreme Court instructed all those years ago?
The goal of this interactive panel is three-fold: (1) to discuss the basics of findings of fact, (2) to review the specific CEQA findings that must be made before a project can be approved, and (3) to practice drafting defensible findings based on hypothetical factual situations created by the presenters.
Lynne Bynder, email@example.com