CEQA Site Check Tool
Site Check is an online tool, built to accelerate the production of housing by facilitating planning decisions and clarifying where existing streamlining options under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) may apply. It was created by CBI in close collaboration with the staff from the Office of Planning and Research, CA. Site Check allows users to filter parcels based on specific CEQA provisions or whether the parcels meet certain requirements, like whether they are in an urbanized area, within a certain distance to transit, or covered by a specific plan. Users can also avoid parcels in environmentally sensitive areas like wetlands, natural hazard zones, or flood plains.
Once the user has selected all the parcels of interest, a report can be created and printed to see the potential accelerated pathways to CEQA compliance that may apply based on the location of the parcels. A Site Check report cannot determine that a project is exempt from CEQA. However, it can provide a helpful starting point and guide users to the appropriate provisions within CEQA.
This tool is focused on the CEQA provisions that cover a variety of housing types. The Legislature has also created specialized provisions for specific types of projects, like affordable housing, agricultural employee housing, and motel-to-supportive housing conversions.
Site Check is currently available in beta form for Sacramento County and can be accessed at https://sitecheck.opr.ca.gov/. The tool requires a password, which is opr-ceqa-early-access.
Please send any feedback to Helen Campbell at OPR (Helen.Campbell@opr.ca.gov). Your comments will help to improve the tool. Thank you!
We are in the process of acquiring California statewide data and will be doing statewide analytics and scaling to the entire state in the next few months, so stay tuned.
Site Check is funded by the California Housing and Community Development Department as part of the technical assistance for Senate Bill 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act. It Site Check is free and open to the public.
Site Check was made possible thanks to the assistance of the following partners: