When CEQA Gets Ugly: Third District Holds Lay Public Opinion Supports Fair Argument That Project May Have Significant Aesthetic Effect Requiring EIR

by Miller Starr Regalia : jdsupra – excerpt In a published opinion filed December 17, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment granting a writ setting aside El Dorado County’s approval of, and related Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for, construction of a Dollar General Store in the “quaint” downtown area of unincorporated … More When CEQA Gets Ugly: Third District Holds Lay Public Opinion Supports Fair Argument That Project May Have Significant Aesthetic Effect Requiring EIR

California Court of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Area Plan Modifications

By Latham & Watkins LLP : lexology – excerpt CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development In an unpublished opinion issued June 19, 2018, Center for Biological Diversity v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. B284427, the California Court of Appeal rejected the Center for Biological Diversity’s (Petitioner) appeal and affirmed the trial … More California Court of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Area Plan Modifications

Eye on the State: Environmental care part of smart housing policy

Op-ed By Katherine Howard and Susan Vaughan : sfexminer – excerpt Over the next few months, legislators will be debating new housing legislation — both state and local — to meet the pressing needs of California’s growing population. It is good that our legislators are facing the state’s affordable housing crisis head-on; having a decent … More Eye on the State: Environmental care part of smart housing policy

Moving away from “environmental reviews” that favor driving: San Francisco, Mountain View, Menlo Park

greencaltrain – excerpt Three recent environmental reviews reveal the dramatic transition under way in California’s assessment of the transportation impacts of new buildings. San Francisco’s Central SOMA plan is the first “Environmental Impact Report” (EIR) in the Bay Area that we know of for a land use plan that moves away from a method of … More Moving away from “environmental reviews” that favor driving: San Francisco, Mountain View, Menlo Park

SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

By Lizzie Johnson : sfgate – excerpt A comprehensive new plan for San Francisco’s natural areas could anger dog lovers, golfers and nature lovers in one swoop, while protecting delicate habitats and endangered species. The plan — originally proposed in 2006 — will review the biology and geology of the Recreation and Park Department’s 32 … More SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

How driverless cars are set to reinvent and humanise our streets

by: Leslie Hook : ft – excerpt This is a must read for anyone who appreciates contradictions. The future is UNKNOWN, and if we are lucky the tech industry manipulators will dance on each others toes long enough to allow the public to decide what we want. Private vehicles could soon be replaced by autonomous … More How driverless cars are set to reinvent and humanise our streets

Appellate Court Rejected EIR That Found Insignificant Traffic Impacts, Despite Consistency With Infill-Promoting General Plan Policy

by Amanda J. Monchamp, Genna Yarkin : jdsupra – excerpt HIGHLIGHTS: The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Third Appellate District, overturned an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for an urban, residential infill project, rejecting the threshold of significance the City of Sacramento used to determine that traffic impacts were less than significant at … More Appellate Court Rejected EIR That Found Insignificant Traffic Impacts, Despite Consistency With Infill-Promoting General Plan Policy