California is well reputed for its arduous development regulations, and while there are several obligations at both the state and local levels that developers must meet to move a project forward, none is considered more formidable than CEQA. The California Environmental Quality Act was signed into law in 1970 and is intended to protect the environment from new development.

“CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, is typically the regulation in California that can pose the most complex obstacles,” Sonnet Hui, general manager and VP of Project Management Advisors, tells “CEQA requires developers to assess the environmental impact of a project against economic opportunities, including new housing, jobs and other community benefits.”


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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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