Anyone interested in land use policy will want to follow what happens on these proposed new CEQA Guidelines, because what’s going on today is not, actually “pro-environment.” Environmental groups opposed Senate Bill 97, the bill that has required the preparation of these new CEQA Guidelines relating to global warming. CEQA is already clear (no “guidelines” required), that government agencies have to evaluate the possible impact of their actions on global warming. Thus, the current “guideline” process is being seen by developer and business interests as a possible way to limit the application of CEQA, rather than to expand it.
SB 97, enacted in 2007, requires OPR and the State Resources Agency to adopt new CEQA Guidelines relating to the evaluation of global warming impacts. A link to the law is provided below. A copy of the Draft Guidelines is available on the OPR Website, along with other information about the process that will govern the ultimate adoption of the Guidelines. A webcast of the OPR workshop will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 26th.