Assembly passes bill to limit land-use ballot initiatives

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Chiu, Ting both vote for measure that raises the threshold for citizen initiatives on development to 55 percent. A bill that would make it harder for local residents to pass ballot measures limiting development has passed the state Assembly with almost no opposition – and so far, with … More Assembly passes bill to limit land-use ballot initiatives

Putting Developers’ Environmental Impact to a Vote in California

By Kevin Brass : urbanland – excerpt Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that a project proposed through the citizen initiative process and subsequently approved by a council—without a public vote—was exempt from a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, overturning a lower court decision. Now, a project can avoid months of costly CEQA-related … More Putting Developers’ Environmental Impact to a Vote in California