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CEQA Findings Can Make or Break a Project

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Over the past few years, project opponents have begun to focus their litigation on the findings adopted by agencies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Specifically, litigants are pointing to the alleged failure of the lead agency to adequately dismiss project alternatives. These cases point out the importance of preparing solidly defensible findings when approving a project on the basis of an EIR.

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Authored By

  • Terry Rivasplata

    Technical DirectorICF International

    Terry Rivasplata, a Senior Environmental Planner with ICF International, specializes in preparing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents for projects ranging from schools to general plans. He teaches classes on CEQA and related topics for clients and the University of California Extension.

    He was with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research from 1985 to 1998, including a stint as the chief of both the state clearinghouse and the planning unit. He participated in drafting the 1998, 1997, and 1994 amendments to the CEQA Guidelines. He is the editor of the Environmental Assessor for the Association of Environmental Professionals and was coauthor of the 1998, 1990, and 1987 editions of General Plan Guidelines.

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Published: Aug 27, 2009
Source: ICF International

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