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IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES FOR THE <br />CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT <br />A. Intent. <br />K -3 <br />The intent of this policy statement is to protect the environment of the City of <br />Newport Beach, to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act <br />CEQA), and to implement the basic principles, objectives, and criteria contained <br />in the Guidelines adopted by the Secretary for Resources pursuant to the <br />provisions of California Environmental Quality Act, as amended. <br />These implementation procedures are intended to satisfy the requirements of <br />Sec. 15022 of the CEQA Guidelines, and are designed to be used in conjunction <br />with the CEQA statutes and Guidelines. In the event that any provision of this <br />policy is found to be inconsistent with CEQA, the Guidelines or case law, this <br />policy shall be revised to comply with applicable law. <br />B. Definitions. <br />As used in this policy statement, the following definitions shall apply: <br />1. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) means Public Resources Code, <br />Sections 21000 et seq., as amended. <br />2. CEQA Guidelines means the "Guidelines for Implementation of the <br />California Environmental Quality Act ", prepared by the Secretary for <br />Resources. <br />3. All definitions contained in CEQA and the Guidelines shall also apply to <br />this policy statement. <br />C. General Policies. <br />The following general policies shall apply: <br />1. The City, in implementing the requirements of CEQA, shall, wherever <br />possible, integrate these procedures into the existing planning and review <br />procedures of the City. <br />1