Ag. Environment and Natural Resources Bills
Feed Back Requested
Feedback requested – SB 252, related to well permits and AB 890
SB 252 (Dodd) relates to well permits in critically overdrafted basins. CSAC previously had an oppose-unless-amended position on this bill and remains concerned with some provisions. Of note, we are specifically interested in your feedback on a requirement for a city or county to make available (to both groundwater sustainability agencies and the general public) any applications received for well permits, and would require a public notice and comment period including a noticed public meeting prior to issuing any new well permit. SB 252 will be heard by the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee next week on June 27. Please send your feedback to Cara Martinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy Hammer (email@example.com).
AB 890 (Medina) would give city councils ad boards of supervisors exclusive authority to adopt or amend general plans and zoning ordinances, and prohibits development agreements from being approved or amended via the initiative process. CSAC opposed previous versions of this bill that would have required an environmental review of all proposed local initiatives that constituted a project under the California Environmental Quality Act and would have required cities and counties to approve projects regardless of the outcome of the environmental review. However, these new amendments raise other concerns. Please send your feedback on these new amendments to Cara Martinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy Hammer (email@example.com). AB 890 will be heard in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on July 5.