Terry Rivasplata

Terry Rivasplata prepares and reviews environmental analysis documents for compliance with CEQA and NEPA. He is experienced in environmental analysis at the state and local levels and manages the preparation of CEQA EIRs and Negative Declarations for urban and rural projects. Terry is a popular CEQA instructor with the University of California Davis and UCLA Extensions.

Prior to joining ICF, Terry served as the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In this role, he managed the Planning and State Clearinghouse units, providing technical assistance to cities and counties regarding California planning laws and distributing environmental analysis documents for state agency review. 

Terry also drafted the 1998, 1997, and 1994 comprehensive updates of the State CEQA Guidelines. These revisions to the guidelines addressed issues including cumulative impact analysis and determination of significance, as well as statutory changes to CEQA.

He is the editor of the Association of Environmental Professionals’ “Environmental Assessor” that summarizes current CEQA case law, and is a co-author of the CEQA Deskbook, Third Edition published by Solano Press Books. 


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