How does CEQA and the EIS process facilitate retaining historic properties?

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

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.

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Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.