Arthur F. Coon

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Supreme Court is Primary CEQA Reform Engine

Followers of CEQA reform efforts over the past several years will have observed two general trends: (1) Legislative reform has proven difficult, incremental, and marked by political division and dealmaking; and (2) the...more

3/5/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Policies SCOTUS

2014 Land Use Program - Northern California

In this presentation: - Legislative CEQA Reform Efforts - Selected CEQA Case Law Developments - Land Use Developments - What’s Happening in Tracy? - Overview and Purpose - Site...more

1/10/2014 - Business Development CEQA CEQA Reform Economic Development Environmental Policies Koontz v St John's River Water Management Public Projects Railways SCOTUS Smart Rail

Judicial CEQA Reform On Supreme Court’s Docket In Coming Year?

Few would dispute that the California Supreme Court has played a leading role in judicial CEQA reform in recent years. It has clarified the law on the operation of CEQA’s statues of limitations, and attempted to bring more...more

12/24/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Policies

Supreme Court Will Review “CEQA-In-Reverse” Issue In CBIA Case Challenging 2010 BAAQMD Air Quality Guidelines

On November 26, 2013, the California Supreme Court by unanimous vote granted review of a fundamental legal issue that repeatedly has surfaced in recent years in both published appellate opinions and the legislative debate...more

12/10/2013 - Air Pollution Air Quality Standards CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Policies

“The Year in CEQA: A Look Back”

My October 31 presentation with David Ivester for the Bay Planning Coalition on recent CEQA developments brought home the fact that while there has been only partial and incremental legislative reform (in the form of SB 743),...more

11/4/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Policies

The Direction of CEQA “Reform” Under Proposed SB 731: One Step Up and Three Steps Back?

There has been a lot of buzz around proposed SB 731, which is working its way through the State Legislature and will be heard Monday, May 20, in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Notwithstanding the hype and hopes, I think...more

5/20/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Proposed Legislation

AB 900 CEQA Reform Law Partially Struck Down

Ruling from the bench at a March 29, 2013 hearing, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch found a key provision of an ambitious CEQA reform law championed by Senator Darrell Steinberg to be unconstitutional....more

4/9/2013 - AB 900 CEQA CEQA Reform Writ of Mandamus

“Bare-Bones” CEQA Reform Bill (SB 731) Introduced By Senator Steinberg; Senator Evans Proposes Legislation to Further Expand CEQA

On February 22, 2013, Senator President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg introduced SB 731, a bill the Senator’s website press release described as “outlining the detailed intent that strengthens [CEQA’s] protection of the...more

2/27/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Impact Report Mitigation

Perfect Storm for CEQA Reform In 2013? Former Govs Weigh In

Hot on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013 State of the State address, which raised the need for CEQA reform (as noted in my immediately-preceding blog post), a trio of former California governors has echoed and...more

2/6/2013 - Caltrans CEQA CEQA Reform Jerry Brown

Are Courts Actively Limiting CEQA’s Scope In The Absence Of Meaningful Legislative Reform?*

While no California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) reform was achieved by the California Legislature in its last session, Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg has indicated in a recently-issued statement that it...more

2/6/2013 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Impact Report Patent Exhaustion Statute of Limitations Subdivision Map Act

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