The debate over CEQA and its impact on development in California continues.

According to Wendel, Rosen, Black, & Dean LLP Partner Todd Williams - who represents clients in the broad spectrum of land use - a major obstacle to solving the housing crisis is the The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). San Francisco Business Times staffer Riley McDermid spoke with Williams on why he believes the act, which puts sweeping breaks on development, is the biggest legal obstacle.

Those in favor of the development claim that CEQA caused sprawl and long commutes that pollute the air:

"CEQA continues to be used as a tool by development opponents to delay, extract additional monetary exactions or concessions beyond those required by statute, and/or prevent housing projects altogether including those that are consistent with local general plans and zoning and would not be expected to have any significant environmental impacts,"

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