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SCAG Shoots Down RHNA Appeals

Except for two minor adjustments, all cities lose their appeals. Half of Orange County cities appealed.

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Sacramento Moves Forward With Abolishing Single-Family Zoning

Council has taken first vote, but it will be several more months at least before the new policy allowing up to four units on every parcel is formally adopted.

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San Jose Violated CEQA Notification Rule, But ...

... There's no remedy in the law when a lead agency fails to notify an interested party, even though it's against the law.

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How SB 35 and AB 1763 Pushed Through An Affordable Housing Project

In Marin City, a clever developer is building a project double the allowed size with very little parking and few other amenities -- and the county couldn't do anything to stop it.

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Marin City Opposes SB 35 Project

Marin County is elite, but Marin City is not. Yet that's where the county's first SB 35 project is going.

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The Rise of Zoomtowns

Throughout California and beyond, distant suburbs and resort towns are seeing a surge in population -- and home sales. But will the trend stick after the pandemic?

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Will Biden Reverse The Trump Legacy on Cities and Development

A lifetime urban dweller, Donald Trump was an anti-city president. Biden is a lifelong Amtrak rider -- and California urban planning is likely to change with him at the helm.

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Newsom's Proposed Budget Includes Enforcement of Local Housing Goals

Housing accountability unit will help local governments but also keep an eye on them.

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Livable California Wins Procedural Victory

Appellate court says citizen group can proceed with Brown Act lawsuit against ABAG regarding CASA Compact approval.

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Redwood City Can Transfer Redevelopment Housing Funds

Appellate court overturns decision favoring Department of Finance.

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Senate Housing Bills Are Back

Also on the legislative docket: Bills to restrict development in wildfire areas.

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Laguna Beach Homeowner Must Tear Down Seawall

The property owners undertook a major renovation -- apparently beyond what the Coastal Development Permit allowed -- with city permits but without out telling the Coastal Commission.

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A Year Like No Other

The pandemic, racial injustice, an end to California's population growth -- has California planning ever seen a year like this before?

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Ballot Measure Puts San Mateo In Housing Quandry

Peninsula city must meet ambitious RHNA target -- but passage of Measure Y maintains current height and density standards with little flexibility.

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CEQA At 50

The law has proven stubbornly resistant to reform. But cities and other lead agencies are learning how to end-run the whole process.

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SCAG Sees Revolt Against RHNA Allocations

60% of Orange County cities challenge their targets, which are much higher than last time around

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Fresno County Must Throw Out Friant Ranch Approvals

In followup to 2018 Cal Supremes ruling, appellate court rejects "partial decertification" of EIR.

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