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    Environmental review question

    The Housing Authority in the city where I work is involved in a project with a private developer using various funds to develop a workforce housing project. We (the City) are the Responsible Entity but my question is this: can I tell the Housing Authority that they must complete the Environmental Review and the accompanying documentation? I know the City has to sign it as the RE but they (or their consultant) can prepare it right?

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    Here in CA, it's common to see the project proponent's consultants prepare the environmental documentation for the project to ultimately be adopted, once reviewed and approved, by the lead agency (City). So barring any weird idiosyncrasies between the coasts (NEPA vs. CEQA), I'd say yeah, tell them that. On the other hand, they could reimburse the City and have internal staff prepare the document.

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    I'm doing a project almost exactly like this now on the private side. It's the Housing Authority's project, but the City is shepherding it through development review and has assigned one of their corporation counsel to the project. We, as the consultant, are taking the project through environmental review on behalf of the Housing Authority. Not at all unusual.

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    Yep, SOP

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