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Legal Briefs: San Jose Surplus Land Ordinance Pre-empted by State Law

Also: Statute of limitations on the Mitigation Fee Act, a request to depublish the Millenium Hollywood case, and the U.S. Supreme decline to hear a takings case from Massachusetts involving a local wetlands ordinance.

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SB 743 Stands Up In Court

Challenge to Sacramento General Plan EIR rendered moot by new CEQA guidelines. Court also upholds city's general plan language.

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California's Population Growth Flatlines

Inland areas are still growing. But what does the trend mean for the state's long-term prosperity?

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Man Bites Dog In San Diego Infill Case

Neighbors Sue, Claiming Project Is Not Dense Enough. Appellate Court Rules Against Them

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Inadvertent Praise For California's Environmental Ethic

This Land skewers the federal land management agencies -- and, in the process, indirectly provides a good reason to keep CEQA and California's other environmental laws.

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El Cerrito Discovers Key to Infill Planning

While many Bay Area cities resist growth, El Cerrito is booming with transit oriented plan on San Pablo Avenue.

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Californias Duplex Moment

2s, 3s, and 4s are popular topics of discussion these days. But can California build them at scale?

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SCAG Shifts Housing Burden to Coastal Cities

The Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council voted to accept 1,344,770 new housing units in the six-county region.

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Nov. 5, 2019 Local Land Use Ballot Measure Results

Statewide, local voters considered only five land-use ballot measures. As usual, San Francisco led the way.

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Wildlife Corridors Attempt to Knit Habitats Back Together

Natural infrastructure projects would repair habitats ruptured by urban sprawl

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Court Tells Richmond To Reconcile Initiative and General Plan

Lower court ruling invalidating initiative is overturned

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CEQA Exemptions For Homeless Shelters Highlight Legislative Year

But Newsom vetoes a fair number of bills as well.

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Coastal Commission Shot Down on Encinitas Condition

Coastal Commission, Encinitas, San Diego Convention Center, Venice. But agency wins most other points in three appellate cases.

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With Suits Settled, Santa Clara's "Satellite Downtown" Moves Forward

The Santa Clara project is to include 5.4 million square feet of office space, about 1,700 apartments, and 1 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment

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The Three Big Reforms On Housing Policy

Over the past three years, the state has focused on ministerial approval, ADUs, and beefing up the housing element progress. But will all these changes result in more housing construction?

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Appellate Court Rules In Favor Of Chico In Walmart Dispute

Justices say the issues in the case add up to a policy dispute, not a dispute over the environmental impact of urban decay.

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Santa Barbara Celebrates "Authenticity," Faces Housing Crunch

Santa Barbara's charms, and challenges, will be on full display this week at the conference of the American Planning Association's California chapter, says Community Development Director George Buell.

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