State of California
Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Sources: An Annotated Bibliography for California Planners

CEQA and Environmental Assessment

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A Practical Guide to the Environmental Planning Process in California: $5.00 from The Planning Center, 1300 Dove Street, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (714) 851-9444.
          This illustrated booklet walks through the process of meeting environmental reporting requirements. It discusses the types of impacts reviewed as part of an environmental assessment, the required contents and varied types of environmental impact reports, differences between CEQA and federal law, public participation in the CEQA process, and a history of the California Environmental Quality Act.

A Practical Guide to Mitigation Monitoring; $5.00 from The Planning Center, 1300 Dove Street, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (714) 851-9444.
          This illustrated booklet describes the requirements of AB 3180 (Chap. 1232, Stats. Of 1988) and includes a model program for monitoring and reporting on the progress of mitigation measures.

California Environmental Laws, 1994 edition; $33.50 from West Publishing Co., 50 West Kellogg Blvd., P.O. Box 64526, St. Paul, MN 55164-0526, 1-800-328-9352.
          This is a collection of California codes relating to environmental protection and environmental quality. Its contents include state law relating to hazardous waste management, CEQA, pesticide use, solid waste disposal, and sanitation.

CEQA and Archaeological Resources (1994); $3.00 from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-3170. Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          An in-depth discussion of CEQA's requirements for examining a project's potential adverse effects on historical resources.

CEQA and Historical Resources (1994); $3.00 from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-3170. Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          An in-depth discussion of CEQA's requirements for examining a project's potential adverse effects on historical resources.

CEQA: The California Environmental Quality Act -- Statutes and Guidelines, 1997 edition; prepared by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research; $18.00 per copy from General Services, Publications Section, P.O. Box 1015, North Highlands, CA 95660, (916) 574-2200 (stock no. 7540-931-1022-0). Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          This publication contains the California Environmental Quality Act and the guidelines for compliance with CEQA promulgated by the State Secretary of Resources. It is the primary guide for the administration of CEQA and the preparation of environmental documents.

Focusing on Master EIRs: Examining AB1888 of 1993 (1994); $3.00 from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-3170. Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          An overview of the Master EIR and its relatives, with advice on how to implement this statute. It outlines the process of preparing and utilizing a Master EIR while highlighting the statutory nuances for the CEQA practitioner.

Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act, 3rd edition; by Michael H. Remy, Tina A. Thomas, Sharon E. Duggan, and James G. Moose; $55.00 plus sales tax and shipping from Solano Press, P.O. Box 773, Point Arena, CA 95468, (707) 884-4508.
          This book examines the substance and procedures of CEQA as well as current case law. It is intended to provide an overview of existing requirements for environmental review and to act as a guide for the preparation of legally adequate environmental documents.

Housing and the Environment: A Guide to Producing Housing Under the California Environmental Quality Act, 2 volumes; first copy free from the Department of Housing and Community Development, Business Service Office, 921 Tenth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-2774, (916) 322-0303.
          This manual summarizes current CEQA requirements, including recent changes to the statute and interpretations by administrative agencies and the courts. Its purpose is to improve the implementation of CEQA while, at the same time, encouraging the provision of affordable housing.

Mastering NEPA: A Step by Step Approach, 1994 edition, by Ronald Bass and Albert Herson; $35 plus sales tax and shipping from Solano Press, P.O. Box 773, Point Arena, CA 95468, (707) 884-4508).
          An easy to read, yet comprehensive guide to NEPA requirements. It includes the NEPA statute and guidelines.

Mitigated Negative Declarations (1994); $3.00 from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-3170.
          This discusses Negative Declarations and mitigated Negative Declarations in light of recent amendments to CEQA. A primary purpose of this paper is to illustrate those situations in which a mitigated Negative Declaration should be used.

Practice Under the California Environmental Quality Act (1993), by Steven L. Kostka and Michael H. Zischke; from Continuing Education of the Bar, 2300 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 1-800-924-3924.
          This two volume work is possibly the most comprehensive discussion of CEQA currently available.

State Clearinghouse Handbook (1997); $6.00 from GOPR/State Clearinghouse, 1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-8515. Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          This is a technical guide for lead and responsible agencies, project proponents, and the public on state clearinghouse procedures for reviewing environmental documents.

The CEQA Deskbook; 1996 edition, by Ronald Bass, Albert Herson, and Kenneth Bogdan; $47 plus sales tax and shipping from Solano Press, P.O. Box 773, Point Arena, CA 95468, (707) 884-4508.
          A practitioner's perspective on meeting CEQA requirements. It is authoritative, as well as easily read.

Tracking CEQA Mitigation Measures Under AB 3180 (1994); $9.00 from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1400 Tenth St., Rm. 250, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 445-4831. Available on the Internet at http://ceres.ca.gov/planning/.
          This paper provides basic information on the monitoring or reporting program requirements established by AB 3180 (Chap. 1232, Stats. Of 1988) and local government programs developed in response to that bill.