SPUR Supports Amendment to San Francisco’s CEQA Procedures

Letter supporting proposed legislation to clarify appeal procedures for exemptions and negative declarations

Policy Letter March 12, 2013

The legislation, spearheaded by Supervisor Wiener, outlines three key changes that collectively take a small step towards creating a clearer and more streamlined CEQA process for San Franciscans. It would codify procedures for appeal of negative declarations and exemptions to the Board of Supervisors, including the timing of those appeals. It would expand noticing provisions related to exemptions, none of which are required by CEQA. It would establish that when the Board of Supervisors must approve a project, it is the CEQA decision-making body and therefore there would not be a separate appeal process. These modest steps will help create a fairer and more transparent process for everyone.

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