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Governor Brown signed the “Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act” in September 2011. The Act required the Governor to establish procedures for applying for streamlined environmental review for certain projects. This page includes the approved guidelines, submitted applications and resources.

Governor’s Guidelines for Streamlining Judicial Review Under the California Environmental Quality Act

  • Applications to the Governor for CEQA streamlining under Public Resources Code Section 21178 et seq., along with a Notice of Completion Form, shall be submitted electronically to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research at the following e-mail address:
  • California.Jobs@opr.ca.gov
    Upon receipt of the application, the Office of Planning and Research will assign a clearinghouse tracking number and will enter the project information from the Notice of Completion Form into a publically accessible database.

  • The electronic application shall include all sufficient information to enable the Governor to determine whether the project satisfies the statutory requirements for CEQA streamlining. This information shall include at least the following:
  • For projects defined in Public Resources Code section 21180(b)(1), information sufficient to enable the Governor to determine that:
  • the project is residential, retail, commercial, sports, cultural, entertainment, or recreational in nature;
  • the project, upon completion, will qualify for LEED silver certification. The application shall specify those design elements that make the project eligible for LEED silver certification, and the applicant shall submit a binding commitment to delay operating the project until it receives LEED silver certification. If, upon completion of construction, LEED silver certification is delayed as a result of the certification process rather than a project deficiency, the applicant may petition the Governor to approve project operation pending completion of the certification process.
  • the project will achieve at least 10 percent greater transportation efficiency than comparable projects. The applicant shall provide information setting forth its basis for determining and evaluating comparable projects and their transportation efficiency, and how the project will achieve at least 10 percent greater transportation efficiency. For residential projects, the applicant shall also submit information demonstrating that the number of vehicle trips by residents divided by the number of residents is 10 percent more efficient than for comparable projects. For the purposes of this provision, comparable means a project of the same size, capacity and location type.
  • the project is located on an infill site, as defined at Public Resources Code section 21061.3, and in an urbanized area, as defined at Public Resources Code section 21071.
  • the information required by Public Resources Code section 21180(b)(1) is available for projects within a metropolitan planning organization for which a sustainable communities strategy or alternative planning strategy is in effect. For the purposes of this provision, “in effect” means that the sustainable communities strategy or the alternative planning strategy has been adopted by the metropolitan planning organization, and that the Air Resources Board has accepted the metropolitan planning organization’s determination that the sustainable communities strategy or alternative planning strategy meets the adopted greenhouse gas reduction targets and is not the subject of judicial challenge.
  • For projects defined in Public Resources Code section 21180(b)(2) or 21180(b)(3), information sufficient to enable the Governor to determine that the project meets the criteria set forth in those sections.
  • Information establishing that the requirements of Public Resources Code section 21181 have been met. Written acknowledgment from the lead agency of the applicant’s intent to apply for certification may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Information establishing that the project entails a minimum investment of $100 million in California through the time of completion of construction.
  • Information establishing that the prevailing and living wage requirements of Public Resources Code section 21183(b) will be satisfied.
  • Information establishing that the project will not result in any net additional greenhouse gas emissions. This information is subject to a determination signed by the Executive Officer of the Air Resources Board that the project does not result in any net additional greenhouse gas emissions, following the procedures set forth in section 6 of these Guidelines.
  • Information documenting a binding agreement between the project proponent and the lead agency establishing the requirements set forth in Public Resources Code sections 21183(d), (e), and (f).
  • Any other information requested by the Governor.