Development projects in California are generally more difficult than elsewhere because the state has tough environmental laws. As a result, Redwood City’s Saltworks development project may require a public vote.
California Environmental Quality Act
View Video The California Legislature created the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in 1970 to protect the increasingly vulnerable environment from potentially damaging development projects. More recently, developers and environmentalists each have conflicting issues with the laws. California environmentalists have long celebrated the enactment of CEQA as a measure to ensure that developers do their