Considerations When Using CEQA To Fight Land Use Projects
By Stephanie Smith (April 11, 2019, 3:31 PM EDT) -- The California Environmental Quality Act is a common tool used by interested parties to oppose land use projects in California. For example, environmental groups may comment on a project through the CEQA process to ensure impacts are avoided and adequately mitigated. Those in the "not in my backyard" camp may use CEQA to stop development or at least decrease the magnitude of development by citing traffic impacts, inconsistency with a city's land use plan or aesthetic impacts. And it is often thought that labor unions use CEQA to oppose projects to negotiate better contracts.
But, whatever the reason to oppose a land...
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