CEQA Basics Workshop: Understanding what it is and how it works (0.6 CEUs)

This course is designed to be an introduction to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) with a focus on its purpose and implementation.  An emphasis will be placed on practical use and application to give students an understanding of the law and how to appropriately move through the CEQA process.  This course is intended to help professionals understand the implications of CEQA and the effects it can have on their organization, plan or project. 

Specific topics will include:

  • An overview of CEQA's legislative history
  • An overview of agencies and agency responsibility
  • An overview of CEQA's current requirements
  • How to evaluate a project and determine which level of review and analysis is necessary: 
  • Is CEQA necessary for my project? How do I qualify for an exemption? 
  • When should I prepare a negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration? 
  • How do I know when an EIR is required?
  • What should the documents contain? What level of review and science is needed?
  • Understanding the thresholds of significance for environmental impacts
  • Understanding the process of scoping sessions, public review, and comment
  • How to respond to comments in an EIR and develop a final document
  • How to develop appropriate avoidance, minimization, and mitigation strategies, and reporting requirements
  • Agency decision-making under CEQA
  • Common mistakes in CEQA and areas of litigation
  • Judicial review process under CEQA


Regular Rate                                            $ 188

ELA Alumni & Participants Rate:                   $ 125

College Student Rate:                               $   50

Date:                  TBD - Fall 2013

Time:                 8:30 am – 4 pm

Location:          Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (TVE2) (Old City Hall)
                       43200 Business Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590

Instructor:        Matt Rahn, PhD, JD, Principal Scientist, Rahn Environmental
                       Consulting, Executive Director, Wildfire Research and Academic
                       Director of Environmental Sciences, SDSU

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