Coalition Submits Letter on CEQA Reform Process

A coalition of statewide local government and education associations, including ACWA, is requesting to participate in stakeholder discussions regarding reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Earlier this year, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced the Senate’s intentions to address reforms to CEQA, one of the state’s most significant laws governing environmental quality. Public agencies play a critical role in CEQA and, as lead agencies, are often required to balance the interests of the environment and development of our communities.

The letter notes that local public agencies bring a unique perspective to conversation regarding CEQA.

“As you know, public agencies play a critical role in CEQA and the protection of the environment,” the letter states. “The signatories to this letter deliver California’s education and higher education, transportation, water, wastewater, fire and flood protection, healthcare, parks and other core services, and are directly responsible for all local land-use decisions. Therefore, it is critical that any dialogue regarding CEQA include the voice of public agencies. As lead agencies, we often find ourselves balancing the interests of the environmental and development community, thus playing a critical role in implementation of CEQA and any subsequent reforms.”

The letter can be read here.

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