The California Environmental Quality Act:
- is the only state law that ensures the public has an opportunity to be informed about and participate in major land use decisions.
- gives communities a voice in shaping development in a way that supports quality of life by encouraging transit, bike, and pedestrian-friendly development.
- provides important public health protections by requiring agencies to explain to the public the air and water pollution that will be caused by major land use projects and to consider feasible measures to reduce these effects.
- ensures that developers pay for the environmental impacts of new construction."