21178) OF THE PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE, WHICH PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER
PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE
21178. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The overall unemployment rate in California is 12 percent, and
in certain regions of the state that rate exceeds 13 percent.
(b) The California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13
(commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code)
requires that the environmental impacts of development projects be
identified and mitigated.
(c) The act also guarantees the public an opportunity to review
and comment on the environmental impacts of a project and to
participate meaningfully in the development of mitigation measures
for potentially significant environmental impacts.
(d) There are large projects under consideration in various
regions of the state that would replace old and outmoded facilities
with new job-creating facilities to meet those regions' needs while
also establishing new, cutting-edge environmental benefits to those
(e) These projects are privately financed or financed from
revenues generated from the projects themselves and do not require
(f) These projects further will generate thousands of full-time
jobs during construction and thousands of additional permanent jobs
once they are constructed and operating.
(g) These projects also present an unprecedented opportunity to
implement nation-leading innovative measures that will significantly
reduce traffic, air quality, and other significant environmental
impacts, and fully mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions resulting
from passenger vehicle trips attributed to the project.
(h) These pollution reductions will be the best in the nation
compared to other comparable projects in the United States.
(i) The purpose of this act is to provide unique and unprecedented
streamlining benefits under the California Environmental Quality Act
for projects that provide the benefits described above for a limited
period of time to put people to work as soon as possible.
21180. For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall
have the following meanings:
(a) "Applicant" means a public or private entity or its
affiliates, or a person or entity that undertakes a public works
project, that proposes a project and its successors, heirs, and
(b) "Environmental leadership development project," "leadership
project," or "project" means a project as described in Section 21065
that is one the following:
(1) A residential, retail, commercial, sports, cultural,
entertainment, or recreational use project that is certified as LEED
silver or better by the United States Green Building Council and,
where applicable, that achieves a 10-percent greater standard for
transportation efficiency than for comparable projects. These
projects must be located on an infill site. For a project that is
within a metropolitan planning organization for which a sustainable
communities strategy or alternative planning strategy is in effect,
the infill project shall be consistent with the general use
designation, density, building intensity, and applicable policies
specified for the project area in either a sustainable communities
strategy or an alternative planning strategy, for which the State Air
Resources Board, pursuant to subparagraph (H) of paragraph (2) of
subdivision (b) of Section 65080 of the Government Code, has accepted
a metropolitan planning organization's determination that the
sustainable communities strategy or the alternative planning strategy
would, if implemented, achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction
(2) A clean renewable energy project that generates electricity
exclusively through wind or solar, but not including waste
incineration or conversion.
(3) A clean energy manufacturing project that manufactures
products, equipment, or components used for renewable energy
generation, energy efficiency, or for the production of clean
alternative fuel vehicles.
(c) "Transportation efficiency" means the number of vehicle trips
by employees, visitors, or customers of the residential, retail,
commercial, sports, cultural, entertainment, or recreational use
project divided by the total number of employees, visitors, and
21181. This chapter does not apply to a project if the applicant
fails to notify a lead agency prior to the release of the draft
environmental impact report for public comment that the applicant is
electing to proceed pursuant to this chapter. The lead agency shall
notify the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency if the applicant
fails to provide notification pursuant to this section.
21182. A person proposing to construct a leadership project may
apply to the Governor for certification that the leadership project
is eligible for streamlining provided by this chapter. The person
shall supply evidence and materials that the Governor deems necessary
to make a decision on the application. Any evidence or materials
shall be made available to the public at least 15 days before the
Governor certifies a project pursuant to this chapter.
21183. The Governor may certify a leadership project for
streamlining pursuant to this chapter if all the following conditions
(a) The project will result in a minimum investment of one hundred
million dollars ($100,000,000) in California upon completion of
(b) The project creates high-wage, highly skilled jobs that pay
prevailing wages and living wages and provide construction jobs and
permanent jobs for Californians, and helps reduce unemployment.
(c) The project does not result in any net additional emission of
greenhouse gases, including greenhouse gas emissions from employee
transportation, as determined by the State Air Resources Board
pursuant to Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the
Health and Safety Code.
(d) The project applicant has entered into a binding and
enforceable agreement that all mitigation measures required pursuant
to this division to certify the project under this chapter shall be
conditions of approval of the project, and those conditions will be
fully enforceable by the lead agency or another agency designated by
the lead agency. In the case of environmental mitigation measures,
the applicant agrees, as an ongoing obligation, that those measures
will be monitored and enforced by the lead agency for the life of the
(e) The project applicant agrees to pay the costs of the Court of
Appeal in hearing and deciding any case, including payment of the
costs for the appointment of a special master if deemed appropriate
by the court, in a form and manner specified by the Judicial Council,
as provided in the Rules of Court adopted by the Judicial Council
pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 21185.
(f) The project applicant agrees to pay the costs of preparing the
administrative record for the project concurrent with review and
consideration of the project pursuant to this division, in a form and
manner specified by the lead agency for the project.
21184. (a) The Governor may certify a project for streamlining
pursuant to this chapter if it complies with the conditions specified
in Section 21183.
(b) (1) Prior to certifying a project, the Governor shall make a
determination that each of the conditions specified in Section 21183
has been met. These findings are not subject to judicial review.
(2) (A) If the Governor determines that a leadership project is
eligible for streamlining pursuant to this chapter, he or she shall
submit that determination, and any supporting information, to the
Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review and concurrence or
(B) Within 30 days of receiving the determination, the Joint
Legislative Budget Committee shall concur or nonconcur in writing on
(C) If the Joint Legislative Budget Committee fails to concur or
nonconcur on a determination by the Governor within 30 days of the
submittal, the leadership project is deemed to be certified.
(c) The Governor may issue guidelines regarding application and
certification of projects pursuant to this chapter. Any guidelines
issued pursuant to this subdivision are not subject to the rulemaking
provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of
the Government Code).
21185. (a) Notwithstanding any other law, any action or proceeding
alleging that a public agency or has approved or is undertaking a
leadership project certified by the Governor in violation of this
division shall be conducted in accordance with the following
(1) The action or proceeding shall be filed in the Court of Appeal
with geographic jurisdiction over the project.
(2) Any party bringing such a claim shall also file concurrently
any other claims alleging that a public agency has granted land use
approvals for the leadership project in violation of the law. The
Court of Appeal shall have original jurisdiction over all those
(3) The Court of Appeal shall issue its decision in the case
within 175 days of the filing of the petition.
(4) The court may appoint a master to assist the court in managing
and processing the case.
(5) The court may grant extensions of time only for good cause
shown and in order to promote the interests of justice.
(b) On or before July 1, 2012, the Judicial Council shall adopt
Rules of Court to implement this chapter.
21186. Notwithstanding any other law, the preparation and
certification of the administrative record for a leadership project
certified by the Governor shall be performed in the following manner:
(a) The lead agency for the project shall prepare the
administrative record pursuant to this division concurrently with the
(b) All documents and other materials placed in the administrative
record shall be posted on, and be downloadable from, an Internet Web
site maintained by the lead agency commencing with the date of the
release of the draft environmental impact report.
(c) The lead agency shall make available to the public in a
readily accessible electronic format the draft environmental impact
report and all other documents submitted to, or relied on by, the
lead agency in the preparation of the draft environmental impact
(d) A document prepared by the lead agency or submitted by the
applicant after the date of the release of the draft environmental
impact report that is a part of the record of the proceedings shall
be made available to the public in a readily accessible electronic
format within five business days after the document is released or
received by the lead agency.
(e) The lead agency shall encourage written comments on the
project to be submitted in a readily accessible electronic format,
and shall make any comment available to the public in a readily
accessible electronic format within five days of its receipt.
(f) Within seven business days after the receipt of any comment
that is not in an electronic format, the lead agency shall convert
that comment into a readily accessible electronic format and make it
available to the public in that format.
(g) The lead agency shall certify the final administrative record
within five days of its approval of the project.
(h) Any dispute arising from the administrative record shall be
resolved by the Court of Appeal pursuant to Section 21185.
21187. The draft and final environmental impact report shall
include a notice in no less than 12-point type stating the following:
"THIS EIR IS SUBJECT TO CHAPTER 6.5 (COMMENCING WITH SECTION
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