CEQA CHANGES – SB 226 8/3/12

The Natural Resources Agency has commenced the formal rulemaking process pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to adopt proposed additions to the CEQA Guidelines. The Official Public Notice, the Proposed Regulations, and all supporting material is located at:

Link to California Webpage

This will have a huge impact on development. SB226 is limiting and streamlining some of the regulatory burden associated with CEQA for Infill projects that meet California’s Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Translation… that big high density development proposed for your rural neighborhood gets a green light if it passes the new CEQA checklist.

Directions for participation in this process can be found in the Official Public Notice:

SB226_Guideline_Updates_Public_Notice.pdf

PUBLIC HEARING AND WRITTEN COMMENT PERIOD AND AGENCY CONTACT
Written Comments: Any interested person or his or her authorized representative may submit written comments relevant to the proposed action to the Resources Agency. Comments may be submitted by mail or email. The written comment period ends at 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2012. The Resources Agency will consider only comments submitted and received by that time. Following the conclusion of the written comment period, the resources Agency may adopt the proposal substantial as set forth without further notice.

The Sacramento hearing will take place on September 10, 2012 at the California Energy Commission Hearing Room from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and is located at 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Webcast is also available and directions for its use will be listed on the Natural Resource Agency’s website at www.resources.ca.gov prior to the hearing. Please note, those attending by webcast will not be permitted to issue oral comments at this location and will need to submit their comments in writing following the specified procedure in this notice. Oral comments will be accepted in person.

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