Environmental Regulations

Ensure that project proposals and joint-development procedures will meet requirements for minimizing or avoiding potential environmental impacts pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


  • Include a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA), as well as Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures and other project impact mitigation measures as needed to meet local jurisdiction adopted standards.
  • Build adequate time and resources into project plans and proformas to account for Environmental Impact Report (EIR) procedures per CEQA, including public and agency review periods. Design affordable housing developments that can take advantage of streamlined CEQA procedures permitted under SB 35 and other related legislation. 
  • Understand and disclose any potential brownfield liability and include pre-construction soils investigation and construction-duration and post-construction air quality mitigation measures.
Design Guidelines
Policy & Implementation
The Role of Local Government & Transit First Policies
Guiding Principles of Land Use
Flexible Zoning Strategies
Street Design Implementation
Revising Transportation Analysis Practices
Transportation Demand Management
Rethinking Vehicle Parking Requirements
Parking Management
Best Practices to Attract Successful Developers
Clarifying Design Expectations
Integrating Retail into Transit Oriented Development
Community Planning for Rail Transit
Additional Resources


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Photo of downtown San José area including freeways, buildings, homes, and a sports field
Diridon Station Area, San José, CA (Source: Flickr - Sergio Ruiz)