Summit calls for review of CEQA Guidelines

Summit calls for review of CEQA Guidelines

by Justin Ewers : caeconomy – excerpt

Leaders of five Summit action teams sent a letter to the governor yesterday urging the Administration to complete a peer review of a scheduled update to CEQA’s administrative regulations—known as the CEQA Guidelines—before they are made public later this year. The letter also urged the Administration to include in the process state agencies that are obligated to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act for critical infrastructure, renewable energy, economic development, and regulatory activities.

“We believe that experienced CEQA practitioners…can efficiently advise the Administration, and OPR, on the extent to which the proposed updates to the Guidelines would achieve the Administration’s policy objectives to improve CEQA,” the Summit letter said. “We believe these practitioners can [also] identify the types of ambiguous or impractical Guideline provisions that are likely to result in more lawsuits and litigation uncertainty.”…

Involving public agencies in CEQA guidelines

In the letter delivered to the governor yesterday, Summit leaders expressed their appreciation for these significant efforts, which are reportedly nearing completion. Given the important role the Guidelines will play in interpretations of CEQA for years to come, the leaders of five Summit action teams—Regulations, Infrastructure, Housing, Manufacturing, and Capital—also requested that the Administration complete a peer review of the OPR proposal prior to public release… (more)

See how some want to change CEQA State Guidelines next in the name of Economic prosperity. It’s the goldrush of 2014 with organizations such as “Center for a New California” leading the way.

One longtime SF planning commissioner may be out as another keeps her seat

One longtime SF planning commissioner may be out as another keeps her seat

By Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt

A continued shakeup of the San Francisco Planning Commission could mean one longtime member will be replaced while another will remain, according to a Monday announcement.

Hisashi Sugaya, known as a vocal and progressive commissioner, was not re-nominated by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu despite efforts by outside groups.

Instead, Dennis Richards was nominated to the seat.

Richards headed Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association during a time when the area was rezoned and received a historical designation. Richards also served on the board of Dolores Street Community Services…

In May, an online petition was started in support of Sugaya and Moore to put pressure on Chiu to re-nominate both commissioners, who are seen as independent voices…

Final say on Chiu’s nominations must go before the Board of Supervisors… (more)

Supes won’t let Pinterest move into Design Center


By J.K. Dineen :sfgarew – excerpt

It looks like Pinterest won’t be pinning its headquarters in Showplace Square after all.

A measure that would have replaced dozens of tenants at 2 Henry Adams St. with a San Francisco headquarters for the tech darling is all but dead after the Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee voted Monday to table the matter indefinitely.

RREEF, the owner of San Francisco Design Center at Showplace Square, had sought to take advantage of a city zoning ordinance that allows owners of designated historic landmarks to change zoning from so-called PDR – production, distribution and repair – to traditional office space. That would have allowed Pinterest to locate its offices there.

While Supervisor Malia Cohen said the Design Center building deserves landmark designation, she was uncomfortable with the property’s owner’s plans to move many longtime design businesses out. As the sponsor of the…

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