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AB-278 California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: existing transportation infrastructure.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/02/2017 09:00 PM
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Revised  March 15, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 278


Introduced by Assembly Member Steinorth Members Steinorth and Fong
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chávez, Chen, Cunningham, Harper, Kiley, Lackey, Mathis, Patterson, Voepel, Waldron, and Gallagher)
(Coauthors: Senators Anderson, Bates, Berryhill, Vidak, Wilk, Fuller, and Gaines)

February 02, 2017


An act to add Section 21080.36 to the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 278, as introduced, Steinorth. California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: existing transportation infrastructure.
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 also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.
This bill would exempt from the provisions of CEQA a project, or the issuance of a permit for a project, that consists of the inspection, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or removal of, or the addition of an auxiliary lane or bikeway to, existing transportation infrastructure and that meets certain requirements. The bill would require the public agency carrying out the project to take certain actions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 21080.36 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

21080.36.
 (a) This division does not apply to a project, or the issuance of a permit for a project, that consists of the inspection, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or removal of existing transportation infrastructure, including, but not limited to, highways, roadways, bridges, culverts, tunnels, transit systems, bikeways, and paths and sidewalks serving bicycles or pedestrians, or both bicycles and pedestrians, or the addition of an auxiliary lane or bikeway to existing transportation infrastructure if the project is located within an existing right-of-way, and any area surrounding the right-of-way that is to be altered as a result of construction activities that are necessary for the completion of the project will be restored to its condition before the project, and does not add additional motor vehicle lanes, except auxiliary lanes.
(b) For a project meeting the requirements of subdivision (a), the public agency carrying out the project shall do all of the following:
(1) Notify, in writing, any affected public agency, including, but not limited to, any public agency that has permit, land use, environmental, public health protection, or emergency response authority over the project.
(2) Provide the notice of exemption in a manner specified in subdivision (b) of Section 21108 or subdivision (b) of Section 21152.
(3) Comply with all conditions otherwise authorized by law, and any conditions imposed by the city or county planning department as part of any applicable local agency permit process that are required to mitigate potential impacts of the project and to otherwise comply with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Division 7 (commencing with Section 13000) of the Water Code), Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 1600) of Division 2 of the Fish and Game Code, the California Endangered Species Act (Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 2050) of Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code), and other applicable state and federal laws.
(c) For purposes of this section, “auxiliary lane” means the portion of the roadway used for weaving, truck climbing, speed change, or for other purposes supplemental to through traffic movement.

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