• Tentative Approval of Environmental Impact Report Does Not Prohibit Revisions to the Project
  • May 18, 2017 | Author: Christopher G. Foster
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the regulations implementing it embody California’s strong public policy of protecting the environment. The basic purposes of CEQA are to (1) Inform governmental decision makers and the public about potential, significant environmental effects of proposed activities; (2) Identify ways that that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced; (3) Prevent significant, avoidable damage to the environment by requiring changes in projects through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when the government agency finds the changes to be feasible; and (4) Disclose to the public the reasons why a governmental agency approved the project in the manner the agency chose if significant environmental impacts are involved. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is the heart of CEQA, and its purpose is to inform the public and responsible officials of the environmental consequences of their decisions before they are made. Thus, the EIR protects not only the environment, but also informed self-government.