(a) All local agencies shall prepare, or cause to be prepared by contract, and certify
the completion of, an environmental impact report on any project that they intend
to carry out or approve which may have a significant effect on the environment. When a report is required by Section 65402 of the Government Code, the environmental impact report may be submitted as a part of that report.
(b) For purposes of this section, any significant effect on the environment shall
be limited to substantial, or potentially substantial, adverse changes in physical
conditions which exist within the area as defined in Section 21060.5.
(c) If a nonelected decisionmaking body of a local lead agency certifies an environmental impact report, approves a negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration, or determines
that a project is not subject to this division, that certification, approval, or determination may be appealed to the agency's elected decisionmaking body, if any.
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