LA Metro Recommendations on Streamlining the CEQA Process

Impact Sciences is preparing streamlining recommendations to the CEQA review process for the LACMTA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Such recommendations can be categorized into three categories: judicial, exemptions, and internal processes. Impact Sciences will delve into each category. Metro has to-date undertaken interviews with key people within the agency to glean where they believe delays originate and possible solutions. Various streamlining topics will be addressed in the recommendations, including public outreach and organization, political concerns, incompatibility with NEPA, interagency coordination with Caltrans, recent reorganization within Metro’s internal departments, and project planning inefficiencies. Recommendations for CEQA review will likely focus on exemptions and internal processes.