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AB-995 Environmental quality: CEQA: public assistance and information program: recommendations: review of transit-oriented development.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 995


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Cedillo

February 18, 2011


An act to amend Section 21159.9 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 995, as introduced, Cedillo. Environmental quality: CEQA: public assistance and information program: recommendations: review of transit-oriented development.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment, or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA requires the Office of Planning and Research, using existing resources, to implement a public assistance and information program that includes the establishment of a public education and training program, a data base to assist in the preparation of environmental documents, and a central repository for the collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of specified CEQA notices. CEQA further requires that, commencing January 1, 2003, copies of any documents submitted in electronic form to the Office of Planning and Research pursuant to those provisions be furnished by the office to the California State Library.
This bill would additionally require the Office of Planning and Research, not later than July 1, 2012, to prepare and submit to the Legislature a report containing recommendations for expedited environmental review for transit-oriented development.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 21159.9 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

21159.9.
 The Office of Planning and Research shall implement, utilizing existing resources, a public assistance and information program, to ensure efficient and effective implementation of this division, to do all of the following:
(a) Establish a public education and training program for planners, developers, and other interested parties to assist them in implementing this division.
(b) Establish and maintain a data base to assist in the preparation of environmental documents.
(c) Establish and maintain a central repository for the collection, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of notices of exemption, notices of preparation, notices of determination, and notices of completion provided to the office, and make the notices available through the Internet. The office may coordinate with another state agency for that agency to make the notices available through the Internet.
(d) Commencing January 1, 2003, copies of any documents submitted in electronic format to the Office of Planning and Research pursuant to this division shall be furnished by the office to the California State Library. The California State Library shall be the repository for those electronic documents, which shall be made available for viewing by the general public upon request.
(e) (1) Not later than July 1, 2012, the Office of Planning and Research shall prepare and submit to the Legislature a report containing recommendations for expedited environmental review for transit-oriented development.
(2) (A)The requirement for submitting a report imposed under paragraph (1) is inoperative on July 1, 2016, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(B) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.