We have extensive experience advising clients in CEQA issues. Our attorneys achieve client goals - from guidance on project and programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR) preparations to special CEQA counsel for municipalities and avoidance of mitigation requirement expenditures for developers. Our CEQA experience covers all CEQA documentation, including categorical exemptions, negative and mitigated negative declarations, and environmental impact reports of all types.
Our lawyers defend EIRs before city councils and have a strong record of approvals that are unchallenged or withstand legal challenge. We handle all types of EIRs - program EIRs, master EIRs, Specific Plan EIRs, project EIRs and supplemental and addendum EIRs. From the outset of project development, we assist our clients in crafting critical portions of the EIR, such as Project Description, Project Objectives, and Project Alternatives. This maximizes the likelihood of project approval and its ability to withstand possible legal attack while also minimizing project expense and delay.
Working closely with our Land Use Group attorneys, we advise clients on addressing environmental issues relating to the siting of projects which create real or purported concerns. We have considerable experience assisting our clients in complex, sensitive resource issues involving wetlands, endangered or threatened species, streambed alterations, water quality impacts and historic resources critical to a successful development.
Our attorneys assist in the development of mitigation monitoring and reporting programs that are practical and cost-effective in their implementation. When necessary, our lawyers vigorously and successfully defend such documentation against legal challenges.
With the recent focus on evaluating greenhouse gas emissions as a potential area of challenge to the adequacy of CEQA documents, we assist in tailoring the analysis to reflect the evolving case law in the context of the particular project.
Similarly, in the case of sustainably-oriented projects, we evaluate the green building features incorporated to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and similar standards so as to optimize their value as mitigation measures in the CEQA process.
Our Firm is often retained to take on projects facing concerted and sophisticated opposition, often late in the CEQA process. Greenberg Glusker represents both project proponents and opponents. We draw upon firmwide resources to provide our clients with a full complement of necessary legal services.
For more information, please contact David E. Cranston.