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San Diego's Iconic Horton Plaza to be Reborn as Tech Hub

Amid shifting shopping habits, a developer will transform the postmodern concrete fortress of Horton Plaza into a mixed-use technology campus to attract jobs to downtown San Diego

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The Silicon Valley Battle Over SB 35

The recent Vallco and Los Altos court decisions show that cities have to be very careful in handling SB 35 applications -- and can't rely on vague references to discretionary standards, as they have often done in the past.

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Planning Meetings Move Online

Visual depictions of projects remain an issue -- though accessibility might actually be improved for some. Brown Act has been loosened for the duration of COVID-19

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California's Rubik's Cube Just Got More Complicated

Can the Golden State balance public health objectives with its existing housing and climate goals?

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Where's The Money?

At least $500 million in state and federal funds are available to help get planning departments past the COVID-19 financial crisis. More is likely on the way

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Where's The Money?

At least $500 million in state and federal funds are available to help get planning departments past the COVID-19 financial crisis. More is likely on the way.

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High CEQA Baseline Upheld

In an oil refinery case, a split appellate court said using 98th percentile instead of "average" pollution is okay.

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Housing Development Likely To Crash Because of COVID

Even entitled buildings won't be built unless they have financing

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Planning Departments Feel COVID-19's Fiscal Pain

Cities with big retail and tourists sectors are likely to experience the worst revenue drops immediately; can all cities keep their planners on the payroll?

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Ban On New Mailbu Vineyards Upheld

Appellate court says landowners didn't provide any compelling reason for the Coastal Commission not to prohibit them

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Modesto Resists Urge to Sprawl

New rail service connecting Modesto to the Bay Area and a renewed focus on infill development characterize the medium-term trends in one of California's agricultural hubs, according to Planning Manager Steve Mitchell

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Virus Crisis Forces Planning to Go Virtual

As the coronavirus shuts down California, planning departments across the state are adapting and staying on-task

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What Does California Housing Look Like In A Post-COVID World?

History suggests that construction coming out of the COVID recession will be slow. On the plus side, prices should stabilize.

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Appellate Court Upholds Overturning Agoura Hills Project Approval

Project is surrounded by development. But MND didn't fly on native plant and oak tree issues.

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Huntington Beach Ends One Housing Fight, with More to Come

Huntington Beach settled a lawsuit over housing with the state by tweaking a specific plan. More battles, and an allocation of 13,000 new units, loom

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The Wiener Backlash At The Polls

Slow-growth forces won land-use ballot measures all over the state in the March primary election.

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Walnut Creek Balances Downtown Density with Suburban Character

CP&DR spoke with Community Development Director Sandra Meyer, a 30-year veteran of planning in Walnut Creek, about how the city is planning for growth.

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