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California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney General's Challenge to SANDAG's Transportation Plan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) ___ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No. 5223603 held that San Diego Association of...more

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

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Kick-off for California offshore - reNEWS - Aug 16 - The U.S. has taken a major step forward in offshore wind development in the deep waters off the coast of California. The Bureau of...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - San Diego climate plan means big potential for jobs - Next City - Jul 22 - San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which debuted in December, is the first municipal climate plan...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

Lack of Court Direction Requires Developers and Lenders to Estimate Their Own Significance Thresholds for GHG Emissions Past 2020

by Reed Smith on

This June, the California Supreme Court heard the last set of oral arguments before breaking for the summer. Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments, 231 Cal.App.4th 1056 (2014)...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 30, 2016 | Newsletters

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Planned investment in energy efficiency hits all-time high - Facility Executive - Jun 23 - Interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high, according to the...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

Real Estate and Land Use - March 2015

Be Careful What You Agree To (City of San Marcos v. Loma San Marcos, LLC) - Why It matters: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court decision upholding an agreement between the City of San Marcos and a property owner...more

Boyz In the Agrihood: Planned Communities Trade Golf Courses for Working Farms

I don't play golf. I like golf, I'll go out and hit around with friends or colleagues, but I don't "play golf". To me, playing golf means 18 holes on a weekend, maybe 36, and perhaps a round or two during the week. No, I...more

California Judicial Council Approves New Court Rules To Implement Expedited Procedures For CEQA Lawsuits Attacking Large...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New court rules will significantly expedite the timeline for lawsuits brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to challenge the certification of the environmental impact report (EIR) or the granting of...more

Recent CEQA Developments In The Legislature And Courts

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As we move past summer, into fall, the “back-to-school,” and football seasons, and toward daylight savings time – and a possible shutdown of the federal government – it is time to reflect and take stock of the really...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

Putting the Brakes on San Diego’s Transportation Plan

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The first “Sustainable Communities Strategy” adopted to guide long-range land use and transportation planning under SB 375 now has the distinction of being the first such plan set aside for failing to comply with the...more

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