Calif. Bill Seeks Enviro Reforms, But Devil Still In Details

Law360, San Diego (February 25, 2013, 11:39 PM EST) -- California’s Senate leader on Friday unveiled a high-profile bill to reform the core state law requiring public agencies to examine projects’ environmental effects, but attorneys say the measure's broad outline raises crucial questions about when developers will have to conduct costly and time-consuming environmental reviews and when local agencies can receive state funding to update their general plans.

The bill seeks to update the California Environmental Quality Act by setting predictable thresholds for land use impacts, such as parking, traffic, noise and aesthetics, while leaving room...
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