Tag Archives: Regulations and Legislation

4 Keys to Managing CEQA for California’s First LEED Platinum-Certified Hospital

Kaiser Permanente’s ambitious goal for a new 450-bed hospital included LEED Platinum Certification and becoming a valued neighborhood resource. The new medical campus was recently named the Best Healthcare Project in California in 2017 by Engineering News Record. “When you’re building a hospital, it’s like building a mini-city,” said Shawn Shamlou, AICP, Dudek’s CEQA Principal

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Complying With CEQA’s VMT Threshold For Transportation

The passage of California Senate Bill (SB) 743 introduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) as the new recommended threshold for transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, eliminating level of service (LOS) as a CEQA threshold. The City of Pasadena (City) was among the first to update its CEQA thresholds in 2014. The

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8 New California Environmental Laws You Need to Know

In 2016, several laws that concern the environment have come into effect in California. Do you know which ones may impact you? Air Quality The state Air Resources Board will gain two members—by legislative appointment—who will represent communities suffering from air pollution. Drought Cities and counties are no longer able to ban residents from removing

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Proposed CDFW Bird Nest Regulations Carry CEQA Analysis Implications

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analyses could become more involved under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) proposed changes to its existing regulations protecting the nests of birds of prey and California native birds. Changes to the California Fish and Game Code (FGC) regulations would formalize the interpretations that the CDFW has traditionally

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New USFWS Authorizations Seek to Simplify Federal MBTA Permitting

A programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) would modify enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which protects 1,027 bird species. The PEIS will authorize incidental take of migratory birds, and will also address: a range of reasonable alternatives for authorizing incidental take; the effectiveness of measures

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Eagles and Wind Turbines: What USFWS Guidelines Mean for Wind Energy Projects

In response to increasing wind energy development in the United States, particularly California and its bordering states, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released for public comment various guidelines on how to assess and mitigate potential adverse effects of wind turbines on wildlife resources. Particular emphasis has been placed on addressing the potential

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