AEP hosts annual CEQA Essential Workshops across the State in late October and early November. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the CEQA Statute and the State Guidelines, and includes intermediate-level practice pointers and case studies. This workshop features a curriculum developed specifically for people involved in the environmental review process, including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals, and will benefit those new to the field as well as mid-level practicing professionals. The workshop is approved each year for AICP and MCLE credits.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the Statute and Guidelines
  • Determining the Appropriate Document – Exemptions, Negative Declarations, EIRs
  • Responsibilities – Lead, Responsible, Trustee agencies and the role of the Consultant
  • Adequacy of analysis and mitigation
  • Findings
  • Notices
  • Legal challenges and defensibility
  • Projects also subject to NEPA

2016 CEQA Essentials Speakers

CEQA Essentials Agenda and Pricing

CEQA Essentials 2016
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A special thank you to the Workshop Committee, and Mindy Fogg, County of Santa Barbara, for their efforts in preparing the workshop curriculum.

2016 Dates


2016 Date



Los Angeles

Thursday, October 27th

Los Angeles

LA County Dept of Regional Planning - Hearing Room

320 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012

Channel SB

Tuesday, November 1st

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Planning Commision Hearing Room

123 E Anapamu St, Room 17, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Wednesday, November 2nd


Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center

4584 W Jacquelyn Ave, Fresno, CA 93722

SF Oakland

Wednesday, November 2nd


Preservation Park

1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612

Channel SLO

Friday, November 4th

San Luis Obispo

Ludwick Community Center

864 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Orange County

Friday, November 4th


Whittier Law School - Room 9

3333 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Monterey Bay

Friday, November 4th

San Jose

Santa Clara Valley Water District

5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

Inland Empire

Tuesday, November 8th


Hyatt Place Riverside - Downtown

3500 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501

San Diego

Wednesday, November 9th

San Diego

Marina Village - Bayview Room

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109


Thursday, November 10th


City of Cotati-Community Room at Police Facility

203 West Sierra Ave, Cotati, CA 94931


Thursday, November 10th

West Sacramento

West Sacrametno Community Center

1075 W Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691

Questions and Suggestions

For questions or if there is a topic you’d recommend for future curriculum, please contact AEP Executive Director, Lynne Bynder.