By Cori Badgley
Under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the definition of “environment” includes historical resources. If a project has the potential to affect historical resources, it is subject to environmental review. In Valley Advocates v. City of Fresno (2008) No. F050952, the appellate court held that the inquiry of whether a resource should be listed in the local register cannot be relied upon for purposes of CEQA to determine whether a resource is historic. Additionally, the court held that the fair argument standard does not apply to the question of whether a resource is a discretionary historical resource under CEQA.