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California Department Of Fish And Wildlife Annual CEQA Document Filing Fee Increase - Effective Jan. 1

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Effective Jan. 1, filing fees imposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination. The CDFW is required to adjust the fees annually....more

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Endangered Species Act/National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to Forest Service Post -...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) addressed in a November 29th Opinion National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) and Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) challenges to post-fire projects...more

Miller Starr Regalia

2018 Year-End CEQA Round-Up

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As we draw near the close of another year, a number of recent CEQA developments bear noting. New SB 35 Implementing Regulations - Senate Bill 35, more colloquially known as “SB 35,” was signed into law by Governor Brown...more

Latham & Watkins LLP

California Court of Appeal Upholds Noise Analysis in Negative Declaration

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CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development - In a published opinion issued May 1, 2018, Jensen v. City of Santa Rosa, Case. No. SCV255347, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial...more

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Natural Resources Agency Finalizes Updates to the CEQA Guidelines

The final text of the comprehensive CEQA Guidelines update makes limited changes to the version proposed in January 2018. The California Natural Resources Agency has posted the final adopted text of changes to the...more

Latham & Watkins LLP

California Appeals Court Determines Threshold and Scope for EIR Requirement

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CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development - In an unpublished opinion issued May 31, 2018, Save Adelaida v. County of San Luis Obispo, Case No. B279285, the California Court of Appeal...more

Miller Starr Regalia

CEQA Plaintiff’s Failure To Appeal Incorrectly Labeled “Interlocutory” Decision Granting Peremptory Writ Barred Appellate Review...

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;” – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II, ll. 47-48. In a partially published 40-page opinion filed on November 26,...more

Miller Starr Regalia

Second General Plan Consistency Challenge to Re-Approval of Wal-Mart Expansion Project Fails on Procedural Grounds

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On September 26, 2018, the First District Court of Appeal partially published Atwell v. City of Rohnert Park, __ Cal.App.5th __ (2018) (Case Nos. A151896, A153011), a decision originally filed on September 18, 2018,...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

National Environmental Policy Act: Federal Transportation Agencies' Revised Review Processes are Effective Today

Effective today, the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”), Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”), and Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) begin operating with amended regulations to implement the purposes and...more

Perkins Coie

EIR Addendum Process Upheld Against Facial Challenge

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The California Court of Appeal rejected a facial challenge to the EIR addendum process, and held that an agency is not required to make new findings in connection with approval of an EIR addendum. Save Our Heritage...more

Miller Starr Regalia

Third District Holds Plumas County General Plan Update EIR Complies With CEQA And Update’s Compatible Use Determinations Do Not...

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In an opinion filed October 19, and later ordered published on November 15, 2018, the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment upholding Plumas County’s First comprehensive update of its 1984 general plan, and...more

Nossaman LLP

Final Rule Amends FHWA, FTA And FRA Regulations To NEPA And Section 4(f)

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Through a Final Rule effective November 28, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will amend their National Environmental Policy Act...more

White & Case LLP

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda for November 15, 2018

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Below are brief summaries of the agenda items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's November 15, 2018 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on November 8, 2018. Item G-3 has not been summarized due to omission...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Renewable Alert Letter 37: Mega Solar: 32MW and Up Possibly Subject to Environmental Impact Assessment Act

On November 1, 2018, the Ministry of the Environment ("MOE") announced that, at the "4th Review Session on Basic Policy Regarding Solar Facilities and the Environmental Impact Assessment," it plans to make certain large-scale...more

Miller Starr Regalia

Fourth District Holds Addendum Process Authorized By CEQA, No New Findings Required

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The Fourth District Court of Appeal (Div. 1) held in a published opinion filed October 24, 2018, that CEQA Guidelines § 15164 validly establishes an addendum process that is consistent with the CEQA statute, implementing and...more

Downey Brand LLP

Fourth District Upholds San Diego’s Addendum for Balboa Park Revitalization Project, Validates the CEQA Addendum Process

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On October 24, 2018, the Fourth Appellate District upheld the trial court’s decision in Save Our Heritage Organization v. City of San Diego (D073064), finding that the use of an addendum as outlined in section 15164 of the...more

Perkins Coie

Possibility that Zoning Standards Might Be Violated in Final Design Did Not Mandate EIR at Tentative Map Stage

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A project opponent’s argument that the project might violate zoning laws in the future is not sufficient to require a city to prepare an EIR under CEQA. Friends of Riverside’s Hills v. City of Riverside, 26 Cal.App.5th 1137...more

Downey Brand LLP

California Supreme Court Hears CEQA Appeal Questioning the Appropriate Legal Standard of Review for EIR Challenges and the Need...

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On October 2, after waiting over three-and-a-half years, the California Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments in Sierra Club et al. v. County of Fresno et al. (Case No. S219783). This case, which challenges an EIR...more

Perkins Coie

Seven-Year Extension of Diablo Canyon Lease Held Exempt from CEQA

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A court of appeal has rejected CEQA and public trust challenges to a State Lands Commission lease extension allowing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant to continue operating through 2025. World Business Academy v....more

Perkins Coie

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenges to Newhall Ranch EIS and Section 404 Permit

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In the latest decision in the long-running legal saga over the proposed Newhall Ranch development in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the Army Corps of Engineers’ EIS and Section 404...more

Miller Starr Regalia

Fourth District Holds San Diego County’s Threshold of Significance for Evaluating GHG Impacts Violates CEQA And Prior Writ

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In a published opinion filed in consolidated appeals on September 28, 2018, the Fourth District Court of Appeal (Div. 1) affirmed the trial court’s judgment invalidating San Diego County’s adoption of a 2016 Guidance Document...more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Minimum Water Flows/Municipal Water Department: Settlement Agreement Addresses California River/Endangered Species

The City of San Bernardino, California and City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (“Water Department”) and the Center for Biological Diversity and San Bernardino Audubon Society (collectively “CBD”) entered into an...more

Miller Starr Regalia

Fourth District Holds CEQA Challenge To Ministerial Approval Of Development Project Modifications Barred By Res Judicata, Water...

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“Birds of a feather flock together.” — Proverb - The Fourth District Court of Appeal (Div. 2) affirmed a judgment entered after the sustaining of a demurrer without leave, holding that a mandate action brought by The...more

Perkins Coie

Negative Declaration Survives Challenge Based on Non-Expert Opinion About Noise Impacts

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Claims of significant noise impact unsupported by expert opinion, fact, or reasonable inference did not provide grounds for challenging a negative declaration, the court of appeal held in Jensen v. City of Santa Rosa, 23 Cal....more

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Third Department Affirms “Neg. Dec.” Do-Over in Village of Ballston Spa v. City of Saratoga Springs

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In SEQRA parlance, a “Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance”, or “Neg. Dec.”, is a lead agency’s finding that the proposed Type I or Unlisted Action under review will not result in any significant adverse...more

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