Event May 18, 2017

AEP 2017: Bridging the Gap

California State Conference

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys will be speaking at the Association of Environmental Professionals' California State Conference, "Bridging the Gap" in San Francisco.

BB&K Speakers:

Andrew Skanchy
"Best Practices for Addressing Impacts to Farmland under CEQA"
This panel will present a summary of the case law on drought and other development pressures reducing the amount of land being actively farmed, best practices for disclosing and mitigating a project's impacts to farmland, and how farmland impacts are viewed by lead agencies and the California Department of Conservation's Division of Land Resource Protection. They will also discuss lessons learned and how agencies can ensure that their local policies are crafted to avoid unwanted complications, and to craft findings that can support a findings of overriding consideration.
Friday, May 19
9 - 10:30 a.m.

Charity Schiller
"Into the Vortex: The Ever Expanding Reach of the CEQA Administrative Record"
The CEQA administrative record includes those items that a lead agency reviews and relies upon in its decision-making process. However, recent case law suggests that the scope of the record may reach beyond the files of the lead agency in certain circumstances. This panel will address issues involving document retention, the plusses and pitfalls of emails, the implications of who holds the consultant contract, the pros and cons of "screencheck" drafts, and CEQA's interplay with the Public Records Act. Through this discussion, attendees will learn best practices for document management and take home a better understanding of what may fall within the scope of the administrative record.
Friday, May 19
9 - 10:30 a.m.

"Lost in Translation: Addressing Communication Challenges Amongst CEQA Consultants, Developers, Public Agencies, and Attorneys"
This panel will highlight the often humorous ways in which consultants and technical experts, developers, public agencies and attorneys face communication challenges when they attempt to "translate" comments and concerns between groups. Attendees will learn about tools that can be used to translate technical expertise into defensible (and accessible) CEQA documents, communication strategies for resolving potential disputes between team members and best practices for communicating between groups throughout the CEQA process.
Saturday, May 20
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Alisha Winterswyk
"Findings: How to Bridge the Analytic Gap Between Raw Evidence and the Decision"
The goal of this interactive panel is to discuss the basics of findings of fact, review the specific CEQA findings that must be made before a project can be approved, and practice drafting defensible findings based on hypothetical factual situations created by the presenters.
Saturday, May 20
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 18 - Sunday, May 21

Parc 55 San Francisco
55 Cyril Magnin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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