California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Workshop

Often perceived as an environmental protection mechanism, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has also been a successful tool for preservationists. Projects in cities across the state are subject to CEQA review, but historic preservation often fails to become a significant factor in the review process. This workshop will examine preservation's successes - and failures - in using CEQA as a legal tool to protect historic resources. Case studies will help illustrate the review process, differences between ministerial and discretionary projects, and the role of historic preservation in Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs). Attendees will also examine case law to see how CEQA has been applied in recent court cases.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of CEQA guidelines and its applicability in historic preservation.
  2. Follow the CEQA process from preliminary review to the EIR and beyond.
  3. Review recent examples from case law that pertain to historic preservation.
  4. Engage with the most frequently applied mitigation measures and the effective monitoring and enforcement of mitigation.


  • Laura Jones, Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist for Stanford University
  • Meg Scantlebury, MAHP, Senior Architectural Historian
  • Susan Brandt-Hawley, Esq.
  • Barbara J. Schussman, Esq.
  • Stephen Schafer, HABS photographer, Director of Advocacy of the San Buenaventura Conservancy

Documents & Downloads


  1. LauraJonesBasics
  2. ScantleburyFukasawaDocProcess05282014
  3. Schussman-CEQA-Hypotheticals
  4. Schussman-Hawley_PointCount121433217_1
  5. Brandt-Hawley-cpf stanford may 2014
  7. MitigationCulturalResourceImpactsDocumentation