General Information
General Information

Environmental Impact Analysis

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires state and local agencies to assess the environmental impacts of certain projects, and notify the public of those impacts prior to approving the projects.  The basic steps in the CEQA process are as follows:

  1. The agency determines whether the project is subject to CEQA.  Many projects are “categorically exempt” from CEQA because of their size or nature, or because there is no reasonable possibility that they will significantly effect the environment.  Article 19 of the CEQA Guidelines lists the types of projects that are normally exempt.

  2. If the project is not exempt from CEQA, then the agency must conduct an “initial study” of the project’s effect on the environment.  The study is based on a standardized checklist covering topics such as air quality, traffic, and noise.  If the study does not identify any significant impacts, then the agency must prepare a “negative declaration”.  If a significant impact is identified, the agency must prepare an “environmental impact report” (EIR).

  3. The agency must notify the public at least 20 days prior to adopting a negative declaration or EIR.  During this period, the public may review and comment on the environmental document.  Any comments indicating a significant impact must be addressed by the agency prior to adopting the document. 

Notices of Preparation: 




Initial Studies:

  801 Grayson/800 Dwight: Bayer Healthcare Product Testing Facility
                           Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration
                           Initial Study, Public Review Draft, August 2014           

Civic Center District Overlay Zoning

2201 Dwight 
    Initial Study, October 2012
     Notice of Preparation

2598-2600 Shattuck: Parker Place Project - Initial Study, November 1, 2011

2727 Milvia: Proposed Sports Basement at Berkeley Iceland  - Initial Study, September 6, 2011

Public Library Zoning Amendment - Initial Study  

Berkeley South Branch Library (1901 Russell Street) - Initial Study    

Berkeley West Branch Library (1125 University Avenue) - Initial Study 

1885 University Avenue  - Initial Study (PDF, 2368k) 

700 University Avenue Mixed-Use Project:

400 Gilman - Gilman Street Sports Fields

2200 Oxford Street - Brower Center/Oxford Plaza

Southside Plan Draft EIR Notice of Preparation and Draft Initial Study

920 Heinz St West Berkeley Bowl

Mitigated Negative Declarations

City of Berkeley Watershed Management Plan
            Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for Parker Place Project - 2598-2600 Shattuck Avenue

885 University Avenue

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for Ed Roberts Campus - 3075 Adeline Street

Negative Declarations

Environmental Impact Reports

1441 Ashby  - Draft Environmental Impact Report 

2301 Durant Avenue/2300 Bancroft - Lion's Hall  - Draft Environmental Impact Report

2301 Durant Avenue - Lions Hall   - Final Environmental Impact Report

2201 Dwight Way - Draft Environmental Impact Report

2211 Harold Way  - Final Environmental Impact Report

920 Heinz St West Berkeley Bowl  - Draft Environmental Impact Report

920 Heinz St West Berkeley Bowl   - Final Environmental Impact Report

2727 Milvia Street - Berkeley Iceland  - Draft Environmental Impact Report

2727 Milvia Street - Berkeley Iceland  - Final Environmental Impact Report
The Response to Comments document, together with the Draft EIR, constitutes the Final EIR for the Berkeley Iceland Adaptive Reuse project.


700 University Avenue Mixed-Use Project:  - Draft Environmental Impact Report

Branch Libraries  - Draft Environmental Impact Report

Zoning Ordinance Amendment and South and West Branch Libraries   - Final Environmental Impact Report

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