Julie Jones

Julie Jones

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A State Agency’s Duty To Mitigate Significant Environmental Impacts Does Not Depend On A Legislative Appropriation Of Funds For...

The California State University system may not condition its funding of mitigation for off-site impacts of a campus expansion project on receipt of a legislative appropriation earmarked for that purpose, according to a...more

8/5/2015 - CEQA Educational Institutions Environmental Impact Report Fair Share Contribution Mitigation Universities University of California

California Supreme Court Upholds Most Commonly Used CEQA Categorical Exemptions

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (March 2, 2015). The Court’s decision clears up some of the ambiguity that surrounded the...more

3/3/2015 - CA Supreme Court CEQA Environmental Impact Report Real Estate Development Substantial Evidence Standard

CEQA Year In Review 2014: A Summary Of Published Appellate Opinions And Legislation Under CEQA

In This Issue: - When Does CEQA Apply? - Exemptions from CEQA - Negative Declarations - Environmental Impact Reports - Certified Regulatory Programs - Supplemental CEQA...more

2/2/2015 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions New Legislation Regulatory Agenda

CEQA Year In Review 2013 - A Summary Of Published Appellate Opinions Under CEQA

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - The published court decisions in 2012 reflected a heightened recognition that CEQA does not require perfection, but rather a reasonable effort to provide environmental information that...more

1/7/2014 - CEQA CEQA Reform Environmental Impact Report Land Developers Urban Planning & Development

California Supreme Court Redefines “Baseline” Under California Environmental Quality Act

The California Supreme Court has both resolved a split in the appellate courts and forged new law on the baselines agencies may use to assess projects’ environmental effects under CEQA. ...more

8/8/2013 - CEQA Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Environmental Review Split of Authority

CEQA Reform: The Cure May Be Worse Than The Disease

According to the author’s April 23, 2013 press release, the amended version of Senate Bill 731 is a “comprehensive reform” of CEQA, “modernizing the law to aid California’s economic growth.” But a close review shows that the...more

4/30/2013 - Amended Legislation CEQA CEQA Reform Notice Requirements Public Transit Recordkeeping Requirements Renewable Energy Reporting Requirements Tolling

Council On Environmental Quality Issues Two Handbooks To Help Agencies Expedite Federal Environmental Reviews

On March 5, 2013, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released two handbooks that are intended to help agencies and practitioners coordinate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with...more

3/8/2013 - CEQA Compliance National Historic Preservation Act NEPA

Use Of Project-Specific Significance Thresholds Does Not Violate CEQA

The first published California Environmental Quality Act case of 2013, Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara, strongly endorsed a lead agency’s authority to use its own, project-specific significance thresholds in an...more

2/20/2013 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Groundwater Mining Threshhold Requirements

CEQA Year In Review 2012

In This Issue: - Project Approvals Triggering CEQA ..Chung v City of Monterey Park (2012) 210 CA4th 394 ..Tuolumne Jobs and Small Business Alliance v Superior Court) 210 CA4th 1006 (petition for review pending,...more

1/3/2013 - Ballot Measures CEQA Environmental Impact Report Exemptions Greenhouse Gas Emissions Groundwater Permits Standing Statute of Limitations Tolling Wal-Mart

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