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CEQA Yoga: Bend, But Don’t Break, Your Project Description!

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $40

“An accurate, stable and finite project description [is] the sine qua non of an informative and legally sufficient EIR.” Such has been a tenet of CEQA since the County of Inyo v. City of Los Angeles case in 1977. However, as time passed, developers have increasingly sought entitlements that allow flexibility to respond to market trends and tenant needs. Two such examples were the subject of recent CEQA decisions — Stopthemillenniumhollywood.com, et al. v. City of Los Angeles and South of Market Community Action Network v. City and County of San Francisco. This session will take a deep dive into case law that has considered this issue and will review techniques that lead agencies have used (both successfully and unsuccessfully) in defining the scope of a proposed project. This session will also discuss how to address project changes proposed after the CEQA document is published for public review to respond to insights that emerge during the CEQA process as well as project changes proposed after the CEQA document is certified/adopted.


AEP San Francisco Chapter
APA California