The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Senate Bill 2 Planning Grants Program provides technical assistance to local jurisdictions for planning efforts that accelerate housing approvals and increase housing production. As a part of the program, these toolkits...


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Categorical Exemptions

This toolkit is for planners seeking to utilize Categorical Exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act, which can expedite housing project approvals.


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Statutory Exemptions

This toolkit is for planners seeking to utilize Statutory Exemptions from the
California Environmental Quality Act, which can expedite housing project approvals.


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Program EIRs

This toolkit provides guidance on Program Environmental Impact Reports and how they can be used as a tool to streamline environmental review.


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Objective Design Standards

This toolkit focuses on how to regulate design objectively and presents approaches and considerations for adopting objective design standards.