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Local CEQA Guidelines

The California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) generally requires public agencies to consider potential environmental impacts before approving plans, policies, or projects. In doing so, public agencies must adopt “objectives, criteria, and procedures for the evaluation of projects and the preparation of environmental impact reports and negative declarations” that are consistent with both Division 13 (Environmental Quality) of the California Public Resources Code and the State of California’s CEQA Guidelines. Such objectives, criteria, and procedures are commonly referred to as “Local CEQA Guidelines.”

The City of Laguna Woods’ Local CEQA Guidelines were most recently adopted by the Laguna Woods City Council at the adjourned regular meeting on April 29, 2024.