Litigation and Environmental Litigation
Holly Anne Roberson
Assembly Bill 52 (2014) amended CEQA to require consultation by cities, counties, and other lead agencies when requested by a Native American tribe along with evaluation of a new environmental resource category called a tribal cultural resources. Effective January 1, 2015 for CEQA projects with notices filed July 1, 2015 or after, this change to CEQA is important to any city or county where a Native American tribe has a cultural affiliation to resources within its jurisdiction. Tribal cultural resources can include sacred sites and cultural landscapes, in addition to more familiar categories of cultural resources. Authoritative panelists representing the full spectrum of interests, i.e., state government, Native American tribes, local planners, and land developers, will help you prepare for the new AB 52 requirements. The Governor's Office of Planning and Research is drafting CEQA guidelines and the Native American Heritage Commission has acquired substantial additional responsibilities. Following brief presentations about the law's new consultation and environmental review requirements and the perspectives of Native American tribes, city and county lead agencies, and development parties, a facilitated roundtable discussion will delve into some of the details that will be very valuable in helping you prepare to implement this important CEQA amendment.
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