New Decisions offer important Guidance on California Ballot Box Planning

By David L Preiss |Rachel Antoinette Boyce :  hklaw – excerpt Rulings Help Reconcile Local Land Use Decisions with Powers of Referendum and Initiative HIGHLIGHTS: Two recent decisions by California courts offer important judicial guidance on the longstanding issue of reconciling local government land use decisions with the referendum and initiative powers reserved to the people … More New Decisions offer important Guidance on California Ballot Box Planning

Letter from Senator Glazer to David Chiu opposing AB 2923

If you don’t like the news you know what to do. In some cases a lot of public opposition is voiced to stop a bill from going through. It is always good when some of our elected officials are on our side and not too shy to write strong opinions expressing their opposition. In the … More Letter from Senator Glazer to David Chiu opposing AB 2923

Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

By Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP : lexology – excerpt Whether in CEQA or Efforts to Halt Climate Change, Will the State Wrest Control of Land Use Decisions Away From Locals?… As the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) concludes yet another round of public comment on proposed amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s … More Will State Climate Policy Usurp Local Land Use Control?

Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development

By Joseph Geha : eastbaytimes – excerpt FREMONT — A state appeals court has ruled that a full environmental impact report is needed before a nearly 100-townhouse development planned for the historic Niles district of Fremont can proceed. The decision marks another victory for a small group of steadfast Niles residents who more than three … More Appeals court rules in favor of Niles residents over ‘gateway’ development

Post Sustainability Institute: The Surviving Lawsuit

ninecountycoaliton – excerpt Soon after the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved Plan Bay Area in July 2013, opponents of the Plan filed lawsuits.  Of the four lawsuits filed, two were settled out of court, one lost on appeal, and one is still active and awaiting oral arguments … More Post Sustainability Institute: The Surviving Lawsuit

The not-historic laundromat project is being delayed again, developer threatens lawsuit against SF

By Dianne de Guzman : sfgate – excerpt The will-they-won’t-they dance of whether a Mission laundromat will be turned into local housing has reached another roadblock in its quest, and this time the developer is threatening a lawsuit. The 75-unit building proposed at the Wash Club situated at 2918 Mission St. recently passed the hurdle … More The not-historic laundromat project is being delayed again, developer threatens lawsuit against SF

CEQA Case Report Year in Review 2017: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development

by Latham & Watkins LLP : jdsupra – excerpt (large pdf attached) or see online.. (more) California higher courts rule in favor of public agencies on small majority of environmental impact report cases. Over the course of 2017, Latham lawyers reviewed all 46 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) cases, both published and unpublished, that came … More CEQA Case Report Year in Review 2017: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development