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Brian Fish Fish: “An additional exemption for certain types of infrastructure projects would offer the most politically expedient approach to reform … However, an exemption strategy also has the most limited benefits.”

SAN DIEGO—The growing backlog of infrastructure projects ranging from potholes to major water-infrastructure improvements has led to increased calls for CEQA reform, Dentons San Diego partner Brian Fish tells GlobeSt.com. Especially for improvements in already-developed areas, where many state policies are attempting to focus new growth, there are increasing calls to amend CEQA to increase certainty without completely eliminating environmental protections. If the legislature and governor are able to thread that needle, it could go a long way toward addressing California’s serious backlog of deferred infrastructure improvements.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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