CEQA Public Noticing Best Practices

Public noticing under CEQA can be taken for granted. Yet, a misstep in noticing procedure carries both minor and major risks, from having to recirculate notification to getting sued. Noticing is Necessary “Noticing is sometimes seen as the easy part of CEQA,” said Ruta K. Thomas, Dudek CEQA project manager. “But the process is an…

Proposed CDFW Bird Nest Regulations Carry CEQA Analysis Implications

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analyses could become more involved under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) proposed changes to its existing regulations protecting the nests of birds of prey and California native birds.

Forest Electric Pole Project Moves Ahead

  San Diego Gas & Electric’s plan to replace hundreds of miles of electrical equipment that runs through the most fire-prone part of the county — the Cleveland National Forest — is advancing through the permitting process. Dudek is providing environmental consulting services to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the U.S. Forest Service,…

California Hospitals can Expedite Environmental Permitting for Renovations

  Major renovations usually require a specific plan or master plan to serve as a roadmap for development that will occur over many years. In those cases, hospitals need to coordinate with either the city or their healthcare district who will act as the lead agency for environmental review under CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)….

Soil Remediation for Agricultural Land Development

  Soil remediation for developing California’s agricultural fields often requires a Removal Action Workplan (RAW) setting target concentrations so each chemical contaminant is reduced to an acceptable level for human health. A multi-family residential development proposed on a former 15-acre Placer County orchard illustrates how an environmental impact report (EIR) can effectively address both the…

CEQA Tips for Hospital Seismic Standards

  California’s hospital administrators face a January 2013 deadline to retrofit or rebuild acute-care inpatient hospitals to meet stringent earthquake life-safety standards, complicated further by the passage of AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. “With the far-reaching requirements set by new regulation, and complexity of project design and implementation stemming there…

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