On April 22, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-54-20, which modifies the requirements for posting certain notices under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and lengthens the timeframe for tribal consultation. The Executive Order will remain in place until June 21, 2020.
Per the Governor’s Order, physical posting of the following Notices has been suspended for 60 days:
Agencies are instead required to take the following actions for making the above-listed notices available to the public in lieu of physical posting:
Notably, the Governor’s Order does not suspend public comment or review periods.
In addition to the above, the Governor’s Order also suspends tribal consultation request timelines. Specifically, the Order suspends the 30-day timeline for tribes to request consultation under AB52 and, for the next 60-days, precludes lead agencies from deeming a tribe’s failure to request consultation as a waiver.
The full text of the Executive Order is available here.
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Tiffany Michou is an Associate at Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson LLP in Sacramento, California
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