Universities could skip environmental review for campus housing under proposed bill

Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley.edu)

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday that would allow the UC, CSU and community college systems to bypass the state‚Äôs required environmental review process in order to stream line the development of housing projects, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The proposal comes about a week after the California Court of Appeals reinforced a ruling forcing UC Berkeley to admit 3,050 fewer incoming freshman in fall 2022 than previously anticipated.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit against the university over its environmental impact review.

Exempting college systems from the environmental review process would inevitably speed up construction of campus housing projects.

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