In California, physical development and decisions made by a public agency, whether on a new winery, warehouse, lease agreement, or subsidy funding, will most often result in an encounter with the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA. CEQA’s origins trace back to 1969 when the federal counterpart, the National Environmental Protection Act, or NEPA, was passed. Within one year, California took NEPA under its wing, gave it legs and a big stick, and let it loose on any action defined as a “Project” within state limits.
CEQA’s most basic goal is to disclose environmental impacts that result from a project and require that those impacts be reduced and mitigated as necessary. Due to numerous amendments and lawsuits filed since 1970, CEQA has emerged as a leading regulatory statute in California. In short, CEQA is anything but basic.
Grid embraces the challenges of CEQA and integrates clarity from the statute and recent court decisions into the process. With expertise advising on a wide range of CEQA issues, Grid is here to help keep your project on track.
Stephanie Smith, is adept at navigating the intricate web of regulation and legal requirements surrounding those decisions made by a public agency that you care about the most.