A public agency shall prepare, or have prepared, a proposed MND for a project subject to CEQA when:

  • The initial study shows that there is no substantial evidence before the agency that the project may have a significant effect on the environment, or
  • The initial study identified potentially significant effects, but
    • Revisions in the project plans or proposals, made by or agreed to by the applicant before a proposed MND is released for public review, would avoid the effects or mitigate the effects to a point where clearly no significant effects would occur, and
    • There is no substantial evidence that the project as revised may have a significant effect on the environment.


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