Real Estate Update: What Do the New Air Quality Guidelines Mean for Urban Infill Projects in the Bay Area?

On June 2, 2010 the Bay Area Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted stringent new guidelines for analyzing air quality impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Advocates for urban infill development are concerned about the timing, cost and risk implications of the guidelines.  Although BAAQMD purports to support smart growth and infill development, many fear that the guidelines will make urban infill projects more difficult to process and defend against challenge.

This alert answers frequently asked questions about how the guidelines impact urban infill projects.

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