How is testimony provided regarding CEQA?

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

The best way to comment on a CEQA document is in writing. This can be done during the public review period for the proposed Negative Declaration or draft EIR. Written comments can also be submitted at the hearing held on the project.

Local projects typically require a public hearing. The findings of the CEQA document will be one of the factors taken into consideration by the agency decision makers when deciding whether or not to approve the proposed project. Verbal and written comments can be submitted at the hearing. Written comments are best because they are more accurately entered into the record.

If there is litigation over the project, the scope of the litigation will be limited to information that is in the record. Further, unless an issue is raised during the CEQA process or at the public hearing it cannot be raised in litigation.

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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.