Kelsey Blegen

Kelsey Blegen

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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California Cities and Counties Must Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems by Sept. 30,...

Under AB 2188, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting processes for small rooftop solar energy systems....more

9/26/2014 - Energy Policy Expedited Actions Process Local Ordinance New Legislation Permits Solar Panels

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015 - A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB...more

9/23/2014 - Energy Permits Renewable Energy Solar Energy

California Governor Signs Historic Groundwater Legislation

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 (both Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and Assembly Bill 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), which together establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Act...more

9/17/2014 - Groundwater New Legislation Sustainability

Court of Appeal Clarifies Requirements for Public Input on Development Agreements

Due process rights to notice and a public hearing for those who may be affected do not apply to a public agency’s consideration of approval of a development agreement, an appellate court has ruled. In addition, the First...more

8/19/2014 - CEQA Development Agreements Due Process Environmental Impact Report General Plan Public Projects San Francisco Urban Planning & Development

Decision: Voter-Sponsored Local Land Use Initiatives Not Subject to Environmental Review

The proposed expansion of a Wal-Mart store into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the City of Tuolumne, Calif. yielded a California Supreme Court decision that says city councils need not comply with CEQA before adopting a...more

8/12/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Environmental Review Wal-Mart

California Supreme Court Rules Local Governments Are Not Required to Comply With CEQA Before Adopting a Voter-Sponsored Initiative

Opinion Clarifies When CEQA Review is Required for Local Land Use Initiatives - Local governments may adopt voter-sponsored initiatives without conducing environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental...more

8/11/2014 - CEQA Citizen Initiative Campaigns Environmental Impact Report Local Ordinance

California Department of Water Resources Releases Draft 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines

Grant Program Assists Public Agencies with Water Efficiency Projects - The California Department of Water Resources has released a draft of its 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation...more

6/27/2014 - Department of Water Resources Energy Projects Grants Greenhouse Gas Emissions Public Comment Utilities Sector

Los Angeles Issues New Guidelines for Designing Small Lot Subdivisions

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning Advisory Agency recently released its Small Lot Subdivision Policy and Small Lot Design Guidelines. The purpose of the guidelines is to help architects, developers, and residents...more

2/19/2014 - Land Developers Subdivision Urban Planning & Development

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