CEQA Update, Issues and Trends


Implementation of CEQA continues to be a challenge for professionals due to annual legislative, regulatory and judicial developments. CEQA practice is constantly evolving, raising new issues and revealing new trends. Learn recent developments and emerging trends, and exchange ideas about handling key issues in the environmental review process. Examine recent CEQA legislation, as well as recent and upcoming regulatory changes. 

Review the latest CEQA court decisions and their practical implications, including:

  • "Common sense exemption"
  • Categorical exemptions and exceptions (including the recent Calif. Supreme Court decision Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley)
  • Negative declarations and mitigated negative declarations, as well as the fair argument standard and when a record contains “substantial evidence”
  • Environmental impact reports and the adequacy of impact analysis (including impacts to agricultural resources) 
  • Mitigation measures, agency rule-making requirements and agency requirements to mitigate per Legislature’s directive (including recent Calif. Supreme Court decision City of San Diego v. Board of Trustees of the California State University)
  • Trigger for supplemental or subsequent CEQA documents (versus addendums)
  • Tiering from functional equivalent documents or General Plan EIR
  •  Litigation matters
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. Details regarding login information will be emailed out prior to the course start date.

This course will be available on Canvas from March 2-4, 2021. A live Zoom lecture and Q&A will be held on March 3, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PST). In the classroom environment, this course is equivalent to a one-day course.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page at online learning.