CEQA | September 15, 2017 | Santa Monica

Our annual CEQA program again addresses the most important developments confronting land use and environmental professionals today. The dramatic changes in federal environmental policies under the Trump administration raises questions about the potential impacts on CEQA analysis. We’ll explore the extent to which the changes will widen the gap between NEPA and CEQA and complicate joint federal/state environmental assessments.
Other new administrative developments are the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s updated Toxic Hot Spot guidelines, the Appendix F requirements for assessing energy consumption impacts, and the final guidelines for implementing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) analysis.
In additional to the annual Remy Moose Manley comprehensive update on CEQA appellate case law, we’ll have a panel addressing the impact of City of San Jose v. Smith on what agencies have to include in the administrative record.
Nine years after adoption of SB 375, developers are starting to use the Transit Priority Project exemption. We’ll have a panel on when that makes sense and how to take advantage of it. We’ll also have a panel on current trends for performing climate change assessments.
Our program co-chairs, Jim Arnone of Latham & Watkins and Doug Carstens of Chatten-Brown & Carstens, have assembled a stellar faculty of CEQA experts. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from legal and technical experts on all sides of the issues.
More information is available here. We hope you can join us.

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