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The justices have taken aim at the "substantive due process" argument -- which landowners have always tried to use to overturn land use decisions they don't like.
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Transportation bond fails in San Francisco, while Santa Cruz voters apparently favor rails over trails. Meanwhile, Chino voters approved a housing element update.
In a case from San Diego, an appellate court reaffirms a 13-year old ruling that says the legislature has barred RHNA allocation lawsuits by COG members.
Redevelopment of a moribund 1970s mall anticipates a new planning paradigm in Inland Empire city of Redlands.
Angels Stadium in Anaheim could have become Orange County's most impressive infill redevelopment. If not for corruption, contentiousness, and the Surplus Land Act.
Generally speaking, however, 2022 is a legislative year of incremental change not sweeping reform.
When it doesn't allow the environmental impact report to analyze anything except the project that was proposed -- in this case, a Crystal Geyser bottling plant near Mount Shasta.
Court sides with developer in 48-year-old case from Tiburon but judge goes off on CEQA. Meanwhile, Marin County negotiates with developer to purchase the property for open space.
The focus on zoning reform in particular could complement California's recent housing production laws.
The City Councilmembers appointed themselves the final arbiter of whether a project met SB 35 requirements. Then they overruled their own staff. But in the end, it was really just about vagueness and inconsistency between the general plan and the zoning ordinance.
AIDS Heathcare Foundation and Redondo Beach get nowhere in their argument that city councils can't override local ballot measures.
AHF attempted to increase affordable housing in a neighboring project by invoking the repealed redevelopment law.
Sandwiched between Berkeley and Oakland, city aims to exceed RHNA target by 50%.
Manhattan Beach tried to retrofit an old ordinance to cover short-term rentals without Coastal Commission approval. It didn't work.
State guidance is forthcoming, but some jurisdictions are out ahead of the curve.
An appellate court says yes -- if funding sources are available, even if it's unlikely that the landowner is willing to sell.
Bonta's warning letters on violations of state housing law increased dramatically in March.
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