On January 26, 2018, the Natural Resources Agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the public regarding its proposed updates to the CEQA Guidelines; the Notice and related rulemaking materials are available for review on the Agency’s website at http://resources.ca.gov/ceqa/. Public hearings on the rulemaking will be held in Los Angeles on March 14 and in Sacramento on March 15, 2018, and the Agency has set a deadline for written comments of 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2018.

The Natural Resources Agency’s current formal rulemaking process follows a five-year process conducted by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s (OPR), which transmitted the proposed Guidelines revisions to the Agency in late November 2017. More detailed substantive information and analysis of significant proposed changes in the Guidelines, including links to detailed analyses in several prior posts, can be found in my 12/7/17 post.

Interested stakeholders should be sure to attend a hearing or submit written comments prior to the March 15 deadline.