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The California Supreme Court Has a Banner Week, Hearing Argument in Three CEQA and Land Use Cases

by Downey Brand LLP on

On May 3–4, 2017, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases with significant implications for California land use law. Below we summarize the main issue(s) argued in each matter and possible outcomes....more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Ice Energy, NRG installing new energy storage solutions for SoCal Edison - Utility Dive - Apr 13 - Ice Energy and NRG Energy are partnering to roll out up to 1,800 Ice Bear 30 storage...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California school district to save millions - Solar Industry Magazine - Sep 29 - The Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) in California and SunPower Corp. have announced...more

New Alternative for Widening 55 Freeway Reduces Right-of-Way Impacts

by Nossaman LLP on

For years, we’ve been working with our public agency clients during the environmental and design-phase to minimize right-of-way impacts with new infrastructure projects. Yet for many agencies, property acquisitions are an...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Solar microgrid to ‘green’ Port of Los Angeles - Microgrid Knowledge - May 30 - The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s largest port, plans to install a $26.6 million solar...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...more

Corner Briefing: Grant and Loan Opportunities for Infill Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first edition in an ongoing series of "Corner Briefings" highlighting urban infill legal tools and opportunities. These updates will identify new legal cases, legislative updates, grant opportunities and other...more

Updates to CEQA Guidelines for Transportation Impacts Analysis Under SB 743

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) released a revised draft of thresholds for measuring transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). These draft...more

California Governor’s Office Releases Updated CEQA Guidelines Proposal on SB 743 Implementation

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On January 20, 2016, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a new draft proposal for implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg 2013) (SB 743), which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle...more

How to Fix Your GHG Analysis After the California Supreme Court’s Newhall Ranch Decision

by Stoel Rives LLP on

My colleague, Michael Sherman, posted yesterday about two issues decided in the California Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Today, I’ll address the...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

by Buchalter on

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

High Court Tackles CEQA Future Baselines In Neighbors For Smart Rail Decision

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a much-anticipated decision filed August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court held that CEQA requires a lead agency to assess a project’s environmental impacts against an “existing conditions” baseline – and consequently...more

Unusual Circumstances: California Supreme Court Upholds Limited Use of Future Conditions Baseline Under CEQA

On August 5, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a split decision in Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, et al. The court held that a lead agency may choose to avoid using an...more

CEQA Baseline Analysis: Future Conditions Baseline Should Be The Exception Not The Rule When Agency Reviews Environmental Impacts,...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (filed August 5, 2013) (“Neighbors”), a majority of the California Supreme Court justices announced a new rule regarding the baseline agencies may...more

Supreme Court Allows Future Conditions to Be Used as the Baseline Under Limited Circumstances

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (August 5, 2013, S202828) __ Cal.4th __(“Neighbors”). What is the baseline against which environmental impacts are measured? There has been...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

Like Athena From the Head of Zeus: Neighbors for Smart Rail Authorizes Future Baselines in CEQA Review

A new California Supreme Court decision, Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority, authorizes reliance on anticipated future conditions as the “baseline” for evaluating impacts of long-term...more

Break Out the Crystal Ball—But Only If You Have the Evidence to Support It: California Supreme Court Affirms Agency Discretion to...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a highly anticipated decision published today, the California Supreme Court affirmed that the use of a future baseline for analyzing certain environmental impacts is appropriate when supported by substantial evidence. The...more

CEQA Streamlining Under California Bay Area's "Plan Bay Area"

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On March 2, 2013, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released the Draft Plan Bay Area (Plan), the California Bay Area's first integrated land use, housing and...more

A Technical (Yet Influential) Step Toward Building More While Driving Less: S.B. 375’s Regional Targets Advisory Committee Issues...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This week the reach of A.B. 32, California’s pioneering greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill, inched one step further toward the heavily guarded terrain of California’s development and driving patterns. On Tuesday, a...more

Land Use Alert: SB 375: How Will California's New Anti-Sprawl Law Impact Future Development In The State?

by Allen Matkins on

On September 30, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 375. In doing so, he stated that the legislation "constitutes the most sweeping revision of land use policies since Governor Ronald Reagan signed the California...more

Green Building Update - June 4, 2008

by Allen Matkins on

IN THIS ISSUE: *Critics argue LEED in Neighborhood Development is hurting affordable housing *Green Building Focus ..Wachovia Capital Markets' The Greening of America *Green Building movement gaining momentum in...more

Green Building Update

by Allen Matkins on

IN THIS ISSUE: *California proposes a global-warming fee on businesses *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..A guide to Green Building Leases *Pasadena raises standard for 'green' buildings *USGBC commits additional $1 Million to...more

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