Re "A CEQA advance environmentalists should explore" (Stuart Leavenworth, Feb. 10): We applaud Stuart Leavenworth for thinking out of the box regarding the California Environmental Quality Act, but we do have some concerns about his idea.
He proposes allowing infill development projects to get waivers from CEQA only if they fall within city limits, while requiring CEQA reviews for projects in unincorporated areas. We understand the concept of trying to limit leap frog developments. However, some counties have significant infill development potential that would not represent leap-frogging.
Conversely, some cities have large tracts of undeveloped land that, under Leavenworth's concept, should be subject to CEQA review, but wouldn't be because they fall within city limits. For this concept work, the criteria for a CEQA waiver should be based on existing population density, not city-county boundaries that may not reflect the true limits of existing development.
-- Matt Cate, California State Association of Counties, executive director, Sacramento