A historic building/house in a community is scheduled for demolition. What can be done to stop or delay it?
CEQA requires that historic properties be preserved whenever feasible. In most jurisdictions, demolition permits are discretionary actions that trigger CEQA review. Preparation of an Environmental Document should include alternatives to demolition. Engage in the environmental process, comment within statutory windows and build “the administrative record” to support preservation. If demolition continues to be the preferred alternative, hire an attorney to challenge the Environmental Document after document certification.