SB 1451 (Hill) Stops the "Document Dump" in the CEQA Process
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CEQA requires a lead agency, often a city, to allow for ample opportunity for public comment. Under existing law, participants can comment during the public comment period or wait to comment up until the public hearing. Sometimes opponents of a project will purposely wait until the public hearing on the project and then proceed to “dump” large amounts of information that may or may not be important to the project. Local governments often respond by putting over the public hearing to review the new information submitted and then reschedule the public hearing. Otherwise local governments risk being sued for not reviewing this new information. This “dumping” can occur multiple times for a single project, delaying the public hearing as part of a tactic rather than legitimate policy concerns.
SB 1451 seeks to make a moderate, but important change to the comment period by requiring the alleged grounds for noncompliance to be presented during the public comment period.
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