Re "A CEQA advance environmentalists should explore" (Stuart Leavenworth, Feb. 10) In support of your column, let me add that for decades, California communities have used the zoning laws to keep out homeless shelters.
Because of legislation prohibiting this practice, communities are now using CEQA to accomplish the same thing. It is not because homeless shelters harm the environment. It can be proven easily that they are less harmful to the environment than are individual camps in the forests, near rivers and under bridges.
It costs upward of $70,000 in fees to prove that a shelter complies with all environmental laws. But what homeless non-profit corporation has $70,000 to spend on engineering studies to prove their compliance?
CEQA laws must be re-wrirtten to take this into account.
-- Art Edwards, president Hangtown Haven, Inc., Placerville