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Environmental Review

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed by the California Legislature in 1970, the City of Half Moon Bay conducts environmental review of public and private projects before they are heard for approval. The environmental documents produced by the City are provided to both decision makers and the public for their consideration and comment. These environmental documents include Initial Studies/Negative Declarations (IS/NDs and Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs).



Included within these webpages are an overview of the environmental review process and links to other relevant sites.  Please use the links shown below to access these pages.


For more information regarding the environmental review process, please contact the Planning Division at (650) 726-8250.

Environmental Review Process

California Coastal Commission

California Environmental Resources Evaluation System - CERES

Governor's Office of Planning and Research


CEQA Workshop


2015 CEQA – Planning Commission Workshop Presentation. Must see to appreciate! On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Planning Commission conducted a workshop on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All folks interested in CEQA and environmental planning were invited to attend this regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission. For those of you that may not have been able to attend the workshop, the presentation has been posted below for your review. The workshop was conducted by Antero (Terry) Rivasplata, AICP, who has extensive practical experience in preparing numerous environmental documents, and is actively involved in preparing technical assistance publications, updates to the State CEQA Guidelines, as well as co-author of the CEQA Deskbook. The Planning Commission, staff and members of the public who were able to attend found the presentation helpful and useful in understanding the basics of CEQA, including a discussion of the various environmental documents prepared for projects, common issues of concern, and important provisions relating to the review of these environmental documents. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a better working understanding of the State CEQA Guidelines, and ultimately lead to a better decision-making framework when reviewing projects. Please feel free to contact Planning Staff with any questions you may have at 650/726-8250 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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