SB 375: Lion or Mouse? By Judy Davidoff, Rafael Muilenburg, and Dan Bane


The rules governing regional planning changed dramatically when Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 375 (SB 375) into law on September 30, 2008. See Stats 2008, ch 728. The amount of actual substantive change likely to result from SB 375 is difficult to quantify, given the aspirational language, vague standards, and conflicting requirements in the bill. Only time will tell how effective SB 375 will be in its effort to integrate land use with reductions in greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions, housing allocation requirements, regional transportation issues, and potential streamlining for certain project approvals under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Pub Res C §§21000–21177).

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