Processing the environment for land development in California is not an easy process. California is home to some of the most endangered and endangered animal and plant resources in the world.
To protect these resources, government agencies have implemented strict environmental planning, CEQA report, non-profit organizations, and environmental groups to ensure that land development is carried out with limited resources .
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As a protected species, strict guidelines such as the California Environmental Quality Act (also known as CEQA) and the Federal Endangered Species Act (also known as FESA) must be enacted to protect these species.
CEQA reports play an important role in the implementation of species protection. At the state level, the CEQA report protects this species as well as those that are specifically threatened with extinction in California.
As part of the development process, the CEQA report agencies will be consulted to ensure that project impacts can be "reduced to less than a significant level".
If the impacts cannot be reduced to less than a significant level, the leading authority (usually local authorities) must prepare “key findings” to determine that the public benefits of the project outweigh the environmental impacts.
The ecological process usually takes at least 3 months; however, for more complex projects, it can take years to obtain an environmental permit.