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CEQA applies to projects undertaken by a public agency, funded by a public agency or requires an issuance of a permit by a public agency. A "project" means the whole of an action that has a potential for resulting in physical change to the environment, and is an activity that may be subject to several discretionary approvals by governmental agencies.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adopted in 1970 and incorporated in the Public Resources Code §§21000-21177. The basic purposes of CEQA are to: 1. Inform governmental decision makers and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of proposed activities; 2. Identify ways that environmental damage can be avoided or significantly reduced; 3. Require changes in projects through the use of alternatives or mitigation measures when feasible; 4. Disclose to the public the reasons why a project was approved if significant environmental effects are involved; 5. Encourage early coordination among agencies in reviewing projects; and, 6. Provide better opportunity for public participation.
An environmental impact report (EIR) is a detailed report written by the lead agency describing and analyzing the significant environmental effects of a proposed project, identifying alternatives and discussing ways to reduce or avoid the possible environmental damage. An EIR is prepared when the lead agency finds substantial evidence that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.
Listed below you will find information regarding the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU):Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Information Sheet (PDF)Desarrollo de una Unidad de Vivienda Accesoria - Español (PDF)For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at (909) 350-6718 or via email.