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AB 2447 (Reyes) California Environmental Quality Act: land use: environmental justice.

Position:Watch
Status:Vetoed by Governor
Summary:

This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, by June 30, 2019, to publish a list of subject land uses, as specified, and a map that identifies disadvantaged communities and areas within 1/2 mile radius of the disadvantaged communities.

The bill would require a lead agency to provide certain notices required by CEQA to owners and occupants of property located within one-half mile of any parcel or parcels, and to any schools located within one mile of any parcel or parcels, on which is located a project involving a subject land use. The bill would require the lead agency to call at least one scoping meeting for those projects, as provided.

The bill would apply these requirements to projects for which environmental review commences on or after July 1, 2019. Because the bill would impose additional duties on a lead agency, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Comments:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2447 without my signature.
This bill would expand notice and public meeting requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act for certain industrial projects in or near disadvantaged communities. 

Land use is quintessentially a local matter. I believe the notice and meeting requirements, as outlined in this bill, are too prescriptive. Disadvantaged communities are entitled to clear and adequate notice, but zones of notice and the definition of projects subject to the requirements should be flexibly defined to reflect the vast diversity of our state. 

Sincerely,

Edmund G. Brown Jr.

 

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Last Updated:September 27, 2018