CSU Environmental Review – Master Planning and Capital Projects Training

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - CSU Office of the Chancellor
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; $100.00 – Fee includes the CSU CEQA Handbook and A Practical Guide to the CEQA.
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The room will open at 8:00 AM.

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Procedures and Guidelines for CEQA Compliance

This session will provide a brief introduction to and survey of the essential elements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Participants should be familiar with the basic concepts of CEQA as the session will move quickly into an examination and discussion of current trends and issues that are common to our CSU master plan and major capital projects environmental analyses, as well as issues “on the radar” due to expansion of certain fields of environmental concern such as wetlands mitigation, endangered species, global climate change (greenhouse gas emissions, and heightened traffic concerns. In particular, the arena of traffic issues has broadened substantively since the California Supreme Court decision in City of Marina v. Board of Trustees of the California State University (2006) 39 Cal.4th 341. Partially in response to this decision, transportation demand management (TDM) planning is now a required (and useful) mitigation measure that must be addressed.

CSU’s efforts to implement the Marina decision have resulted in a enhanced focus on technical analyses and mitigation solutions, as well as consideration of implications for town-gown relationships between the universities and their host cities. Often, the success of technical negotiations will depend on existing relationships of trust between the universities and local jurisdictions. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process must provide accurate and reliable information to both local agencies and the Board of Trustees to enable them to assess if the recommended environmental mitigation program is adequate to address local environmental impacts over the long-term growth projected for the universities and the surrounding community.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Overview of CEQA purpose, legal requirements, and CSU procedures
  • Getting to know and use the CSU CEQA Handbook
  • SUAM sections related to CEQA and master planning
  • Major and Minor Master Plan Revisions - CEQA implications
  • Selecting CEQA Consultants-the First and Most Important Step
  • CSU General Counsel - Consultation at all phases of the CEQA process
  • Current mitigation issues from state and federal agencies
  • Mitigation under the Marina decision: Lessons learned to date
  • Analysis of impacts and mitigation - Local agency demands to be wary of
  • What exactly is “Fair Share”? Who determines what’s fair and whose share
  • Fair Share Negotiations: How to comply with Marina
  • Allocating mitigation costs into future phases - whose costs, whose money
  • TDM - How to make it work for your campus mitigation program
  • Global Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG); EIR Content

This session is designed for campus and auxiliary staff who are involved in campus master planning as well as capital project development that requires compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


    David Rosso, Chief of Land Use Planning and Environmental Review, Office of the Chancellor (Moderator/Presenter)
    Jabari Holloway, University Associate Planner, Office of the Chancellor
    Andrea Gunn, University Counsel, Office of the Chancellor
    Michael Haberkorn, Esq., Gatzke Dillon & Balance
    Megan Tolbert, Transportation Planner, CSU Monterey Bay
    Wes Morgan, Energy Program Manager, Office of the Chancellor

Registration Deadline

Friday, October 22, 2010


Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash Posting Order (CPO) (for CSU attendees only), and Checks (for non-CSU attendees only). All payments must be received no later than Friday, October 29. No payment will be accepted the day of training.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are subject to a $10.00 cancellation fee. No cancellations will be accepted after Friday, October 29. Substitutions can occur at any time.

Training Location

CSU Office of the Chancellor
Wallace Room
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802


There are a number of hotels in close proximity of the training location. Ask for the state government rate when making your reservation.

Hyatt Regency
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 491-1234

Renaissance Hotel
111 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-5900

The Westin Hotel
333 East Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-3000

Hotel Maya
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 435-7676

Long Beach Downtown Residence Inn by Marriott
600 Queensway Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 495-0700

Parking and Directions

Parking is available at the Catalina Landing Parking Structure for $14.00 per day. Parking will not be validated. Click here for directions.

For questions please contact Nancy Freelander-Paice, 562-951-4087.

Content Contact:
Jarelle de Sais
(562) 951-4093

Technical Contact:
Last Updated: October 28, 2010