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Tips to Efficiently Navigate CEQA

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has been a part of the California legislative landscape for almost 50 years. Compliance is often the biggest source of time delays and litigation risk for project development, yet CEQA does contain some underused options for streamlining.

Please join Meyers Nave Of Counsel Shaye Diveley for a presentation at the Urban Land Institute on ways that local agencies and developers can use CEQA as written to speed the environmental review process and obtain greater litigation certainty. The presentation will cover various options to help reduce the time and cost burdens involved in the CEQA process, including expanded use of exemptions, “fast-track” legislation, tiering off existing environmental impact reports and programmatic EIRs. The presentation will use case studies to illustrate the pros and cons of different streamlining mechanisms and explain when they should be considered. Please also click here to read an article on CEQA streamlining strategies that Shaye published in Western City magazine.

The program is part of Urban Land Institute San Francisco’s “Housing the Bay,” a ULI SF member-driven initiative to foster innovative solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis. Shaye will be joined by Andrew Sabey (Partner, Cox, Castle & Nicholson), Elizabeth Cobb (Vice President Development, Shea Properties), Lisa Gibson (Director of Environmental Planning and Environmental Review, City of San Francisco) and Darin Ranelletti (Deputy Planning Director, City of Oakland).

Date: Friday, March 9
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM, including lunch
Location: Holland & Knight, 50 California Street, Suite 2800, San Francisco, CA 94111
RSVP: Please register by Wednesday, March 7 on the ULI website.