One Bay Area Plan to exempt developers from CEQA, decrease local jobs; toll roads everywhere

One Bay Area Plan to exempt developers from CEQA, decrease local jobs; toll roads everywhere

by Pam Farly: halfwaytoconcord – excerpt

June 20, a group of citizens concerned about private property rights attended the One Bay Area Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Meeting in Oakland. They learned that the One Bay Area Plan to institute sustainable development and smart growth in the Bay Area will exclude developers who agree to build TPP’s (Transit Priority Projects) from CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) requirements! The plan also calls for policies that decrease local jobs and creates toll roads everywhere.

What is CEQA?
A statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions.

What is a TPP?
The development of living areas where the minimum housing density is 20 units per acre, and within a half mile of a major transit stop.

So– The One Bay Area Plan to improve air quality, transportation and housing will exempt builders from going through an environmental process that One Bay Area Planners claim is needed to keep the Bay Area from turning into an overcrowded, unlivable region. The One Bay Area Plan has been sold as a necessity to stop the environmental destruction of the Bay Area and create a sustainable and smarter Bay Area… (more)

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