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By designating a PDA, are we allowing projects to be streamlined or exempt from environmental review CEQA?

No.  A PDA is a tool that provides access to funding for area planning and needed and/or planned infrastructure improvements.  A PDA holds no authority or power over environmental review or exemptions prescribed by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

However, a PDA can provide a funding source to develop and adopt community-driven planning processes. As part of this planning process, the City would develop a Specific Plan. A Specific plan is a very detailed planning which document which is subject to environmental review typically assessed in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  Most often the EIR that is prepared for a Specific Plan provides a detailed enough level of review to provide for environmental review streamlining or exemptions for development projects within the Specific Plan area that determined to be consistent with the Specific Plan.

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