CEQA Streamlining for Infill Projects (SB 226)

OPR is pleased to announce that the Infill Streamlining updates to the CEQA Guidelines developed pursuant to SB 226 (Simitian, 2011) are now in effect. These additions to the CEQA Guidelines set forth a streamlined review process for infill projects. This update also contains the performance standards that will be used to determine an infill project’s eligibility for that streamlined review. The Office of Administrative Law transmitted the updates to the Secretary of State, and the new Guidelines went into effect immediately. Please see below for the updated Guidelines:

• Section 15183.3 (Streamlining for Infill Projects)

• Appendix M (Performance Standards)

• Appendix N (Infill Environmental Checklist Form)

This updated Guidelines reflects input OPR and the Natural Resources Agency received during extensive public outreach since Governor Brown signed SB 226 in October 2011. That outreach effort included hundreds of individual meetings and conversations with stakeholders, presentations at numerous conferences, three public workshops, and two rounds of public review on OPR’s preliminary proposals.

The Resources section below contains links to OPR’s final proposal and related proposal materials.

Resources

The final proposal submitted to the Natural Resources Agency includes the following:

Final Proposed New Section 15183.3 (Streamlining for Infill Projects) (June 25, 2012)
Final Proposed New Appendix M (Performance Standards) (June 25, 2012)
Final Proposed New Appendix N (Infill Environmental Checklist Form) (June 25, 2012)

Materials Associated with the revised proposal released on May 1, 2012, are provided below:

A Summary of Changes and Responses to Comments (May 1, 2012)
Revised Proposed New Section 15183.3 (Streamlining for Infill Projects) (May 1, 2012)
Revised Proposed New Appendix M (Performance Standards) (May 1, 2012)
Revised Proposed New Appendix N (Infill Environmental Checklist Form) (May 1, 2012)
Public Comments on the Revised SB 226 CEQA Guidelines Update (June 2012)

To assist the review of the revised proposal package, OPR also prepared a Flow Chart and Presentation to illustrate the review process and application of performance standards for infill projects.  Please note, however, that these documents are not proposed to be included in the regulatory text of the CEQA Guidelines.

Materials Associated with the preliminary discussion draft released on January 25, 2012 are provided below:

CEQA Guidelines Update SB 226: Infill Streamlining Presentation (February 2012)
Public Comments on the SB 226 CEQA Guidelines Update (February 2012)
A Narrative Explanation of the Guidelines and Performance Standards (January 2012)
Proposed New Section 15183.3 (Streamlining for Infill Projects) (January 2012)
Proposed New Appendix M (Performance Standards) (January 2012)