Useful resources from our Environmental Impact Report 101 Workshop

Morgan Hill's southeast quadrant

Thank you to everybody who came out to our Environmental Impact Report 101 Workshop in Morgan Hill last week! It was great to see the community’s enthusiasm for learning about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). For those of you who missed it, or are thirsty for more knowledge, here are some great resources for getting involved in the processes around CEQA.

A whirlwind week for CEQA

At the tail end of August, several interest groups released a proposal that would have significantly changed the California Environmental Quality Act to make sprawl development easier.

California Environmental Quality Act Thresholds and Guidelines

We are writing today to comment on the December, 2010 staff update on CEQA thresholds and guidelines for Risks and Hazards for New Receptors.

Proposed California Environmental Quality Act Thresholds and Guidelines

Greenbelt Alliance is the Bay Area’s advocate for open spaces and vibrant places. For over 50 years, we have
worked on protecting key open space areas and making the region’s cities and towns more livable and
sustainable. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed CEQA thresholds and guidelines.

Your Turn: Must work together on fixing the climate

Stephanie Reyes California should be proud of its pioneering laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and Supervisor Ken Yeager is right that California needs to make sure these laws reach their full potential (“Climate change shifting how Bay Area land-use decisions are made,” Dec. 19). The best way to succeed is for everyone to work together. It’s critical because: SB 375 and the air district CEQA guidelines will not only help… Read More

Court ruling might have valley agriculture implications

A decision in a lawsuit between an environmental group and the City of Oakley appears to strengthen efforts to curb city development sprawl into certain agricultural areas. It may even have implications for enabling cities to require developers to pay into a fund that would bring about such agricultural improvements as irrigation districts. Such an arrangement could be similar to the kinds of park fees or in-lieu housing fees that developers pay instead of building parks or moderate-priced housing themselves.

Judge puts brakes on Oakley development

The Contra Costa County Superior Court has halted Oakley’s plans to develop thousands of acres of farmland as part of the East Cypress Corridor Specific Plan, ruling that the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project is still incomplete.

Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the City of Santa Clara General Plan Update

Thank you for allowing Greenbelt Alliance the opportunity to provide comments for
this proposed project and for the City’s consideration of these comments as part of the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process.