Court Protects CEQA Categorical Exemptions by Limiting Unusual Circumstances Exception

by Kenneth A. Kecskes : mondaq – excerpt

Real estate developers who have opponents alleging that CEQA exemptions are unavailable to them because the environmental impacts of their projects alone are unusual won an important victory this week in the California Supreme Court.  Even if a project has negative environmental impacts, a categorically exempt project is spared from CEQA review so long as the project itself is consistent with the class of projects that typically qualify for the exemption, the Court held… (more)

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