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Not All Well Permits Are Ministerial

It depends on which standards are in play in a particular situation, the California Supreme Court rules in a case from Stanislaus County.

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More Housing Bills Killed In Sacramento

SB 1120, which would ease duplex zoning and lot splits, is the most important land use/housing bill still likely to pass.

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Cities Confront Environmental Justice In General Plans

OPR issues guidelines for implementing SB 1000, which requires local governments to address EJ directly in planning for the first time.

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Bills To Allow Housing In Commercial Zones Dead For This Year

After messy hearing in the Assembly Local Government Committee, other bills in the Senate housing package move forward as legislature faces month-end deadline.

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The Missing Middle Is Real

New HCD data shows California knows how to build for the top of the market -- and nobody else.

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Q&A: SCAG President Rex Richardson Calls for Antiracist Regional Planning

Social justice will be a major part of SCAG's agenda this year under new Regional Council President Rex Richardson, of Long Beach.

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HCD Issues Draft Guidelines For SB 35 Implementation

City did nothing with historic bank building for 10 years -- except rent it out for filming.

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L.A. Must Surrender Proposed "Highland Park City Hall"

City did nothing with historic bank building for 10 years -- except rent it out for filming.

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San Francisco Sets Aside Rancor to Support Housing at Potrero Power Station

Stakeholders in San Francisco's industrial Dogpatch neighborhood welcome mixed-use, 2,400-unit redevelopment of former gas-fired power station

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NEPA Changes Will Put More Pressure On CEQA

State-federal transportation and infrastructure projects likely won't be analyzed under federal law. But new rule could be reversed if Biden wins.

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It's SB 743 Time!

New traffic analysis mechanism finally takes effect this week.

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CEQA Applies To All Enrollment Increases

UC Berkeley erred in adding five times as many students as EIR analyzed, court rules.

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Do Black Lives Matter to Homeowners?

In places like Los Angeles's Westside, equity needs to be an issue on the table.

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AIDS Health Foundation Loses Again In Hollywood

L.A.'s approval of four large projects along Sunset Boulevard doesn't form the basis for a claim under the Fair Housing Act

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Environmentalists Beat San Diego County on CAP Again

Court rules that vague carbon offsets approach for new development violates CEQA and invalidate the Climate Action Plan.

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Development Agreement Trumps Vesting Tentative Map

Murrieta properly imposed WRCOG's "TUMF" fee while map was still in effect, court rules. 

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Senate Housing Bills Move Forward

Most bills emphasize ministerial approval, thus providing an end-run around the CEQA process.

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