What is CEQA review of Historical Resources?

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

CEQA review is a process of investigation that is intended to disclose to decision makers and the public whether the project may have a substantial adverse effect on the environment. It neither denies nor approves a project; that’s the role of the public agency decision makers.

CEQA equates a substantial adverse effect on a historical resource with a significant effect on the environment. However, CEQA is a disclosure law, not a regulation. When an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been certified for a project, the decision makers may approve a project despite it having a significant, unavoidable impact on historical resources. Conversely, a project that may demolish or materially alter a historical resource cannot be approved on the basis of Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration, an EIR must be prepared.

About the Author

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.