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Vagueness in Development Code Trips Up Housing Project

In Santa Cruz, nobody quite knows whether a planned development is supposed to follow slope regulations or is supposed to evade them.

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Newsom Promises More Action on State Land, Housing Streamling

Without providing specifics, the governor's budget says he will redouble efforts to increase housing production. Some new programs are funded as well.

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Davis Project Highlights Problems With Subjective Standards

Despite concern about "transition" and "architectural fit," appellate court reverse judge's ruling that Trackside violates city policies. The court noted that there weren't really any objective standards to measure the project against.

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Lake County's Reverse-Reverse-CEQA Case

A judge found the EIR for a huge wine resort inadequate -- because it didn't analyze the impact of additional people on current residents' ability to evacuate during a wildfire.

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Cities Move Quickly to Regulate SB 9 Housing Units

Some cities are welcoming the units, but others appear to be adopting regulations designed to put up barriers.

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CP&DR's Top Stories Of 2021

What is it about duplexes that make them such a popular topic? And why did only one CEQA case make the top five legal stories of the year?

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Why Thousand Oaks Had to Cave To Rick Caruso

The famously low-rise city had to approve a six-story apartment building to get out from under an unfavorable 20-year-old land lease.

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Are Housing Production Laws Causing An Increase in Multifamily Permits?

New Census figures show a sharp increase in multifamily projects approved in 2021. Are SB 35 and other new state laws behind the jump?

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Are Market-Rate Units Unwelcome In San Francisco?

The recent rejection of 469 Stevenson reveals rifts -- both philosophical and political -- in a city that no longer seems to trust the private market.

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Will The Blue Line Extension Transform San Diego?

The connection to UCSD is a great thing. But San Diego's geography -- and other factors -- may limit its ability to transform.

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Sam Assefa Arrives At OPR

The former Seattle and Boulder planning director returns to California after a 20-year absence to run Gov. Gavin Newsom's Office of Planning & Research. What's his take on California's planning issues? What did he learn in California that he took elsewhere -- and what has he learned elsewhere that he can bring home to California?

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Legal Briefs, November 9, 2021

A CEQA case from Yolo County forces an EIR, while an unpublished case from San Benito County says a developer owes fees.

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Costco Gas Station Opponents Confront The Infill Exemption

Tustin residents are trying to kill a 16-pump Costco gas station by challenging the CEQA infill exemption the city used. So far they've gotten nowhere.

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Housing Developers Look To Retail and Office Locations

Despite the fact that legislative bills targeting the process didn't pass, non-residential land is viewed as a potentially major source of new housing.

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Land Use Legislation Roundup 2021

Beyond the new housing laws, this year's batch of land use legislation is led by laws addressing wildfires, climate change mitigation, and transportation.

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Beyond SB 9 and SB 10

With dozens of other bills, the Legislature continued to put the squeeze on local governments in the housing arena in 2021.

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Huntington Beach Housing Decision Reversed

Judge shifts gears and rules against city in Housing Accountability Act case in light of San Mateo ruling.

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