Wednesday, May 1, 2013

CEQA Reform One Step Closer to Reality

Earlier today SB 731, a CEQA reform bill authored by California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.   CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) is a 40 year old law that has helped protect our environment but has over the years developed provisions that can be abused to halt environmentally sound projects and unnecessarily add cost to developments with no corresponding benefit.

 The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and a state wide coalition for CEQA reform, support Governor Brown who has called for CEQA reform this year.  Today‚Äôs action is a step in the right direction and SB 731 is a good starting point.  But a long negotiation process remains to craft legislation that will provide certainty and truly accomplish meaningful reform.

To learn more about the legislation, click here.

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