Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

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Court of Appeal Rules on Lead Agencies' Ability to Delegate CEQA Decision-Making Authority

Government Bodies That Lack Authority to Approve Project Also Lack Authority to Certify Environmental Documents - Certifying an environmental impact report (EIR) for San Jose’s general plan was not a task properly...more

11/5/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report

Court of Appeal Addresses Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis Under CEQA

The Court of Appeal for the Third District issued its ruling Monday in Friends of Oroville v. City of Oroville. Finding an environmental impact report’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) analysis deficient, the court’s ruling...more

8/21/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Mitigation

State Supreme Court Makes Key CEQA Ruling Involving Baseline Analyses - Future Conditions Can Be Used as the Sole Baseline for...

In a victory for public agencies, the California Supreme Court today issued its much-anticipated ruling in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013). The Court held that, in...more

8/5/2013 - CEQA Environmental Claims Environmental Impact Report

Court Finds Public Interest In Meeting Renewable Energy Goals in California Outweighs Efforts To Preserve Agricultural Lands -...

In Save Panoche Valley v. San Benito County, the Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld the county’s approval of a 420-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant. The court found that the county had substantial evidence to support its...more

6/27/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Farms Renewable Energy Solar Energy Williamson Act

Court Upholds CEQA Exemption for Residential Development - Minor Project Tweaks and New Greenhouse Gas Thresholds Don’t Trigger...

In a recent case involving the California Environmental Quality Act, a state appellate court upheld a city’s decision to exempt from environmental review a residential development because it was consistent with a broader...more

4/4/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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