New rules governing San Francisco environmental impact appeals approved

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco’s appeals process under a state law requiring review of construction projects’ environmental impacts has remained mired in a lack of clarity for about a decade. But on Tuesday, that all changed.
Overhauls to the appeals process under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The legislation finally succeeded where three ex-supervisors — Aaron Peskin, Fiona Ma and Michela Alioto-Pier — failed.
The more than yearlong process of coming to an agreement had some supervisors playing a numbers game — such as highlighting the six Land Use and Economic Development Committee hearings on the proposal and the countless amendments to Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation, many of which were forced by a dueling piece of legislation introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim… (more)

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