Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

By Nick Welsh : independent – excerpt It was a long hot, afternoon for developer Greg Reitz as he doubled down on Santa Barbara’s love-it-or-hate-it experiment to create new rental housing in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Reitz is proposing to raze most of the eight lots bounded by Anapamu, Garden, and Figueroa streets … More Is High-Density Housing Project Too Big for the Neighborhood?

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?

CEQA isn’t stopping housing, it’s protecting health

By Allen Hernandez : sacbee – excerpt California needs affordable housing. But legislators must follow the data, not anecdotal evidence from monied interests, to find a legislative fix that will encourage development consistent with California’s priorities. Communities throughout the state, particularly poor and minority neighborhoods, need permanent housing without risking health or increasing carbon emissions. … More CEQA isn’t stopping housing, it’s protecting health

My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)

By Scott Wiener : marketurbanismreport – excerpt Answering Common Questions and Debunking Misinformation A summary of California’s SB827, which will allow more housing near transit corridors. Our recent announcement of my bill (Senate Bill 827) allowing for more housing near public transportation has drawn a lot of attention, questions, and feedback. Sadly, some have also spread misinformation about … More My Transit Density Bill (SB 827)

California’s housing wars just starting

By Editorial Board : sfchronicle – excerpt The Legislature’s long-delayed response to California’s housing crisis narrowly passed in September in a flurry of last-minute nail-biting and arm-twisting. Judging by the reception that has greeted one of the new year’s first housing bills, that was nothing. The legislation, by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would … More California’s housing wars just starting

Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B

By Michael Barba : sfeaminer – excerpt A trial that will determine whether San Francisco voters will be stripped of their power to decide how tall developers can build along the waterfront began Wednesday with an attorney questioning the decision-making ability of voters… The State Lands Commission, which manages public land in California including the … More Trial begins over SF waterfront height limits as state seeks to overturn Prop. B

Oregon Organic Farm Threatened With Forced Herbicide Use Reaches Settlement With County

by Darren Smith : jonthanturley – excerpt Last weekend we featured two articles (HERE and HERE) describing a controversy involving the forced use of chemical herbicides on an organic farm that according to County officials was out of compliance in controlling noxious weeds that were threatening neighboring farms and crops. The 2,000 acre organic farm … More Oregon Organic Farm Threatened With Forced Herbicide Use Reaches Settlement With County

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