How does CEQA and the EIS process facilitate retaining historic properties?
An EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) describes the historic resource, evaluates its importance, and provides various alternatives to demolition. If feasible alternatives exist, they must be adopted. Prior to demolition, a Statement of Overriding Considerations adopted by decision makers explains why benefits from the proposed project outweigh the intrinsic values of the resource. Mitigation to reduce the loss below a level of significance must be provided to compensate for loss.