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Cities Can't Require Developers To Prove Financial Feasibility

In case from Los Angeles, appellate court says burden of proof for feasibility in the case of density bonus concessions and waivers lies with the city, not with the developer.

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Newsom Signs 27 More Housing Bills

Following up on his high-profile signing of Senate Bills 9 and 10, along with several others, last week, Newsom signed 27 bills related to housing earlier this week.

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How Will SB 9 Affect Planning in California?

It ends single-family zoning and clips the wings of local governments. But the bottom line is probably thousands of units, not hundreds of thousands of units.

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Most Housing Bills Make It To Newsom's Desk

If the governor signs them all, it could represent another big shift in state-local relations on housing.

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Appellate Court Upholds HAA's Objective Design Standards

Reversing lower court, First District rules San Mateo's "stepback" requirement was not specific enough and required discretion to apply.

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California Is Densifying

New Census analysis shows that all metro areas across the state are increasing their densities.

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San Diego Judge Says Housing Element Law Doesn't Pre-Empt Local Initiative

Latest decision in long-running Encinitas housing element battle is sure to be appealed.

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Frustrated Appellate Court Says Parking Is Not An Environmental Impact

In ruling on San Gabriel Mountains case, justice says repeatedly: “It is not the project’s ‘impacts on parking’ that matter; it is the impact of the project’s reduced parking on the environment that matters.”

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ABAG Grapples With RHNA Appeals

As with SCAG, Bay Area jurisdictions are appealing their housing targets in large numbers. Unsurprisingly, the most challengers are coming from Marin County.

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Inside the Huntington Beach Housing Case

In turning down a 48-unit condominium project near Beach Boulevard, did Huntington Beach violate the Housing Accountability Act's requirement that findings be based on objective standards? Or will a fire expert's 11th-hour conclusion that one standard was violated be enough to save the city's case?

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Judge Upholds L.A.'s Transit-Oriented Communities Guidelines

Additional incentives on two Westside projects don't exceed Planning Department's power under Measure JJJ.

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Are Blacks Getting Crowded Out?

Census data shows that Blacks are leaving the metropolitan core for the periphery -- but it's less clear whether white gentrification is the reason.

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Prohousing Designation Sets "A High Bar" for Cities

CP&DR spoke with HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez about whether the new Prohousing program can turn jurisdictions that are anti-housing into pro-housing communities.

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HCD's New "Prohousing" Designation

The designation will give "prohousing" jurisdictions a leg up on some housing grant programs. But will it fundamentally change how any cities approach the housing question?

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Legal Briefs: Cal Supremes Won't Take SB 35 Case

The high court's ruling appears to clear the way for construction of a 260-unit apartment building in the Spengler's parking lot in Berkeley.

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Summer Book Roundup, 2021

A bumper crop of books related to California urbanism came out during the pandemic; Josh Stephens reviews titles about the Central Valley, San Diego history, Los Angeles pop culture, and more.

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Another CEQA Loss For UC Berkeley

In ruling about new building, trial judge says UC can't "analyze an increase in student enrollment without admitting that increasing student enrollment is a project subject to review."

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