Environmental Impact Analysis

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires state and local agencies to assess the environmental impacts of certain projects, and notify the public of those impacts prior to approving the projects.  The basic steps in the CEQA process are as follows:

  1. The agency determines whether the project is subject to CEQA.  Many projects are “categorically exempt” from CEQA because of their size or nature, or because there is no reasonable possibility that they will significantly effect the environment.  Article 19 of the CEQA Guidelines lists the types of projects that are normally exempt.

  2. If the project is not exempt from CEQA, then the agency must conduct an “initial study” of the project’s effect on the environment.  The study is based on a standardized checklist covering topics such as air quality, traffic, and noise.  If the study does not identify any significant impacts, then the agency must prepare a “negative declaration”.  If a significant impact is identified, the agency must prepare an “environmental impact report” (EIR).

  3. The agency must notify the public at least 20 days prior to adopting a negative declaration or EIR.  During this period, the public may review and comment on the environmental document.  Any comments indicating a significant impact must be addressed by the agency prior to adopting the document. 

    Notices of Preparation:

Initial Studies:

                     801 Grayson/800 Dwight: Bayer Healthcare Product Testing Facility
                           Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration
                           Initial Study, Public Review Draft, August 2014

Mitigated Negative Declarations

City of Berkeley Watershed Management Plan
            Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for Parker Place Project - 2598-2600 Shattuck Avenue

885 University Avenue

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for Ed Roberts Campus - 3075 Adeline Street

Negative Declarations

 Draft Environmental Impact Reports

          2201 Dwight Way

2727 Milvia

2301 Durant Avenue/2300 Bancroft - Lion's Hall

Zoning Ordinance Amendment and South and West Branch Libraries

1441 Ashby

920 Heinz St West Berkeley Bowl

700 University Avenue Mixed-Use Project:

Final Environmental Impact Reports:

2211 Harold Way 

2727 Milvia Street - Berkeley Iceland
The Response to Comments document, together with the Draft EIR, constitutes the Final EIR for the Berkeley Iceland Adaptive Reuse project.

920 Heinz St West Berkeley Bowl

          Zoning Ordinance Amendment and South and West Branch Libraries  

2301 Durant Avenue - Lions Hall



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