To help local communities effectively participate in the environmental review process, the Planning and Conservation League Foundation developed the Community Guide to CEQA. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that the environmental impacts of proposed development projects be rigorously evaluated and that feasible mitigation measures or alternatives be adopted prior to project approval. The Community Guide will help you understand the CEQA process and give you the tools to participate effectively.

The Revised Community Guide to CEQA

In March 1997, PCL Foundation first produced the “Community Guide to CEQA.” It was later revised in 2002, 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2017. The Guide’s author, Bill Yeates, has incorporated specifics on global climate change, water assessment, and water supply as they relate to CEQA.

PCL Foundation has updated its “Community Guide to CEQA.” If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact us. The prices for the copies depend on the number of people acessing the guide and its intended use. You must agree to the licensing agreement below in order to receive a copy:



You may not publish the “Community Guide to CEQA” online or reproduce it for any purposes outside of this licensing agreement.
All credit for the guide must go to PCL.