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E-Commerce Boom Leads To Warehouse Moratoriums

Amid pressure from community groups, Inland Empire cities reconsider benefits of big warehouses.

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Growth War In San Benito County

Major auto testing and technology center likely to move forward -- even though the plan has been shot down by the voters once.

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The Google Deal

In exchange for vested rights from the City of San Jose, Google has committed to an unprecedented investment in infrastructure, affordable housing, and community benefits.

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Judge Says Assisted Living Project Is Subject to Housing Accountability Act

Simi Valley may appel superior Court ruling on 108-unit project, claiming it is a commercial enterprise not a residential use.

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Land Use Gets Share of $100 Billion Budget Increase in May Revise

An estimated $100 billion windfall yields generous proposed investments in land use in Gov. Newsom's May Revise

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Judge Says SB 330 Applies To Referendums

Though not a precedent, the case shoots down voter rejection of housing project in Oceanside.

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California Cities Cut Parking Requirements

Cities across California are eliminating parking minimums in order to reduce automobile dependency and promote better urban design. The state legislature is getting in on the act too.

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Where Is California's Population Really Declining?

It's no surprise that the inland areas are still growing. But the big shocker is that the Bay Area is hanging on -- and L.A. is not.

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Short-Term Vacation Rental Regulation Subject To Coastal Act

In a case from Santa Barbara, an appellate court ruled that such regulations are a "development" that must be dealt with in the Local Coastal Plan or through a Coastal Development Permit.

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El Dorado Ballot Measure Conflicts With General Plan

Court also concludes the requirement calling for all roads to be built before any private development is constructed runs afoul of the Nollan/Dolan doctrine.

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Napa Quarry Wins Appellate Court Approval After 13 Years

Methdological differences are not CEQA issues, court rules.

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Surplus Land Act Upends Public Agency Development Plans

Transit agencies say guidelines intended to encourage affordable housing may actually stifle affordable development.

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SB 35 Upheld By Appellate Court

First District says SB 35 doesn't interfere with local powers and trumps Berkeley's historic preservation law regarding the West Berkeley Shellmound.

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A $4 Million Fine On A 5-Foot Easement

Appellate court rejects all of a Malibu property owners arguments in dispute over a gate and structure located on a Coastal Conservancy easement.

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The Upside-Down Political Reaction to Biden's Zoning Reform

Progressives who have long protected community power over developers are praising Biden's proposed new program, while Republicans are calling it a war on the suburbs.

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Updated Cal EnviroScreen Will Improve State's EJ Efforts

The new database will help cities and counties with their environmental justice elements for their general plans, as required by SB 1000.

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Landowner Wins Takings Victory In Santa Barbara

Flat denial of blufftop house meant the "futility exception" was in play. Cost to the city: $3.4 million and counting.

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Aggie Square Project Battles Gentrification Concerns

Billion-dollar UC Davis project will be located adjacent to Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood. Residents have filed a CEQA lawsuit, while the city has committed 20% of EIFD money to affordable housing.

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Ending Single-Family Zoning Is Only Step One

For Sacramento and Berkeley, the hard part is still coming: How to create a development code that will encourage rather than block other small-scale housing products.

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Proposed Legislation Would Give Cities Fewer Excuses for Blocking Housing

The California Legislature has come roaring back in 2021 with a whole new set of bills affecting planning and development.

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A 35-Year Battle In Pismo Beach

In the latest skirmish over Los Padres Del Mar -- 10 years after the city approved the project for the second time -- an appellate court has ruled that Pismo and the developer do not have to pay LAFCO's attorneys fees.

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How Berkeley Will Move Away From Single-Family Zoning

The council vote was unanimous, but now comes the hard part: Implementing an upzoning in a city with strong homeowner advocacy and fire-prone hillside neighborhoods.

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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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Fort Ord Project Moves Forward Without Redevelopment Funds

1,000 homes have been built but appellate court rules county cannot use leftover redevelopment funds for public amenities.

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No Matter How You Calculate It, We Need A Lot Of Housing

Does the Embarcadero Institute's push to lower the state's housing need from 2 million to 1 million really change anything?

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How Much Housing Does California Need?

Embarcadero Institute says RHNA numbers are too high and the state should focus on affordable housing. The truth is we need both: more housing and more affordable housing.

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Wildfire Danger, Housing Needs Collide on Urban Fringe

Already an epic-scale tragedy, California's wildfires--consuming a record 4 million acres this year--are effectively shrinking the amount of land available for housing and prompting planners to make tough choices between growth and safety.

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Local Voters Around State Reject Development

In the 20 or so cities where growth and development was on the ballot, voters mostly sided with anti-development forces. San Diego and Monterey Park were the exceptions.

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20 Cities To Deal With Land Use Issues on Ballot

Affordable housing, extension of vote requirements, several development projects all on ballots around the state

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What If California Stops Growing?

The population is going down for the first time ever. But California planning -- and its entire local government structure -- is based on the assumption of growth.

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Trump Judges Begin To Influence California Land Use

Based on the new judges' dissent, an important San Francisco property "takings" case may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Housing and Storage Find Common Ground

Storage and housing facilities in urban areas are often seen is competing with one another. But Public Storage and Alta Housing joined forces to push seven-story project through in Mountain View.

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New RTP/SCS Documents Must Grapple With More Housing

Southern California and Bay Area MPOs must get more aggressive to meet RHNA goals and SB 375 goals.

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Newsom Signs Housing and Planning Bills

Most involve incremental change, however, as major zoning reform bills all failed.

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Lafayette Approves Full-Size Version of Infamous Apartment Development

Terraces Of Lafayette, featuring in Golden Gates, moves forward at final SB 330 council meeting, but opponents have filed a new CEQA lawsuit.

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CEQA Challenge to Granite Bay Storage Facility Is Moot

Among other things, the neighbors didn't seek to stop construction until the project was almost built.

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Close Call For SB 1120 May Mean More Focus On Duplexes

Housing experts say small projects will cost less and be easier to build than large multifamily projects weighted down by affordable housing and union labor requirements.

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Brentwood Again Loses Redevelopment Case

State won't reimburse city $20 million for public infrastructure projects.

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Los Altos Reverses Decision To Appeal SB 35 Case

City says it fears losing $7 million bond if appeal fails. Permit for 5-story project should be approved this week.

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Senate Housing Package Dies On Legislature's Last Night

SB 1120, the duplex bill, almost passed but ran out of time. None of the five bills proposed last spring by Senate leader Toni Atkins made it to the governor.

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Major Warner Center Developments Move Forward

Former mall site and rocket plant likely to be redeveloped as part of implementing Warner Center Specific Plan

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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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COVID Crisis Revives Tactical Urbanism

Low-cost transformation of streets to public -- and restaurant -- spaces may help enliven city neighborhoods and revive their sales tax bases.

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APA's Johnston Pledges Support for Planners During Pandemic

CP&DR’s Josh Stephens spoke with California APA President Julia Lave Johnston about the pandemic’s impact on the planning profession.

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Concord Naval Base Deal Falls Apart

Lennar, labor negotiations fail, so City of Concord will look for another master developer for 13,000-home project.

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Not Abandoning A Project Is Not A Project

The state required San Jose to get a new streambed agreement for Willow Glen Trestle Bridge. That doesn't trigger additional environmental review.

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The Revolution in CEQA Exemptions

In the last few years, exemptions have vastly outnumbered EIRs and mitigated negative declarations. Who needs CEQA reform?

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Sacramento Councilmember Wasn't Neutral In Quasi-Judiclal Action

City must now hold new CUP hearing on Curtis Park gas station case, appellate court rules.

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Will Telecommuting Stick?

With few traffic jams and clear skies, California's regional planning agencies strategize about how to keep remote work going after the COVID crisis is over.

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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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Will Feds Tie Infrastructure Funds To Zoning Reform?

It's been a non-starter for years. But all the Democratic candidates are calling for it -- and Trump might not be far behind.

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San Diego Homeless Facility Moves Forward

Both appellate court and Coastal Commission side with city on conversion of Super 8 motel.

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What's On The March 2020 Ballot?

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A typical jumble of land-use measures -- but they suggest California's future direction.

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New Housing Laws Bring Design Standards to Fore

To cut down on discretionary review, new housing laws require cities to approve housing projects so long as they conform to "objective" design standards. Cities are scrambling to draft standards that promote housing and promote desired aesthetic goals.

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Wiener Loses Again. Or Does He?

SB 50 went down in flames once more. But the bill gave the state cover for other bills that would otherwise would have been considered radical. And RHNA is forcing upzoning all over the state.

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Monterey Turns to Creative Zoning to Boost Housing Supply

Limited by a ban on water hookups, the tourist city recycles commercial and industrial land for workforce housing units.

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California's Housing-Climate Rubik's Cube

How can you reduce emissions, reduce risks from wildfire, sea-level rise, and other effects of climate change -- and still build enough housing so Californians will want to stay?

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Trump Finalizes Narrower Wetlands Rule

But California backstop will maintain expansive definition of wetlands in the state.

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Newsom Budget Proposes Modest Housing Changes

After coming out of the box aggressively last year with changes to the RHNA process, the governor chooses this year to focus on homelessness.

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Exurban Temecula Approaches Build-Out

As Temecula looks to more intensive urbanization, Josh Stephens spoke with Community Development Director Luke Watson as part of CP&DR’s new occasional series of interviews with municipal planning officials.

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Legal Briefs: San Jose Surplus Land Ordinance Pre-empted by State Law

Also: Statute of limitations on the Mitigation Fee Act, a request to depublish the Millenium Hollywood case, and the U.S. Supreme decline to hear a takings case from Massachusetts involving a local wetlands ordinance.

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SB 743 Stands Up In Court

Challenge to Sacramento General Plan EIR rendered moot by new CEQA guidelines. Court also upholds city's general plan language.

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California's Population Growth Flatlines

Inland areas are still growing. But what does the trend mean for the state's long-term prosperity?

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Man Bites Dog In San Diego Infill Case

Neighbors Sue, Claiming Project Is Not Dense Enough. Appellate Court Rules Against Them

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Inadvertent Praise For California's Environmental Ethic

This Land skewers the federal land management agencies -- and, in the process, indirectly provides a good reason to keep CEQA and California's other environmental laws.

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El Cerrito Discovers Key to Infill Planning

While many Bay Area cities resist growth, El Cerrito is booming with transit oriented plan on San Pablo Avenue.

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Californias Duplex Moment

2s, 3s, and 4s are popular topics of discussion these days. But can California build them at scale?

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SCAG Shifts Housing Burden to Coastal Cities

The Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council voted to accept 1,344,770 new housing units in the six-county region.

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Nov. 5, 2019 Local Land Use Ballot Measure Results

Statewide, local voters considered only five land-use ballot measures. As usual, San Francisco led the way.

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Wildlife Corridors Attempt to Knit Habitats Back Together

Natural infrastructure projects would repair habitats ruptured by urban sprawl

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Court Tells Richmond To Reconcile Initiative and General Plan

Lower court ruling invalidating initiative is overturned

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CEQA Exemptions For Homeless Shelters Highlight Legislative Year

But Newsom vetoes a fair number of bills as well.

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Coastal Commission Shot Down on Encinitas Condition

Coastal Commission, Encinitas, San Diego Convention Center, Venice. But agency wins most other points in three appellate cases.

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With Suits Settled, Santa Clara's "Satellite Downtown" Moves Forward

The Santa Clara project is to include 5.4 million square feet of office space, about 1,700 apartments, and 1 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment

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The Three Big Reforms On Housing Policy

Over the past three years, the state has focused on ministerial approval, ADUs, and beefing up the housing element progress. But will all these changes result in more housing construction?

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Appellate Court Rules In Favor Of Chico In Walmart Dispute

Justices say the issues in the case add up to a policy dispute, not a dispute over the environmental impact of urban decay.

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Santa Barbara Celebrates "Authenticity," Faces Housing Crunch

Santa Barbara's charms, and challenges, will be on full display this week at the conference of the American Planning Association's California chapter, says Community Development Director George Buell.

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Drug Recovery Residences Subject to Zoning

In Dana Point case, appellate court rules that three residences housing people involved in a drug treatment program are not exempt from the municipal code.

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90-Day Lawsuit Rule In PZDL Applies Broadly, Court Says

Challenge to implementation of Del Mar's Scenic View Ordinance fails because plaintiff served city too late in the process.

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Southern California Balks at Aggressive Housing Numbers; SANDAG Cities Fight over Allocation

HCD assigned SCAG a far more aggressive housing target than it had asked for: 1,344,770.

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Livermore Looks Toward Valley In Rethinking Transit-Oriented Plan

Death of BART extension has forced the East Bay city to rethink how it is going to grow -- and plan around Valley Link instead.

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Thunberg's Voyage May Be a Stunt, But She Has a Point for Planners

Maybe if we made our neighborhoods more walkable and livable, we wouldn't want to increase our carbon footprint by flying to Europe all the time.

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With BART Extension Imminent, San Jose Looks to Turn Suburb into Urban Village

Berryessa Station area just northeast of Downtown San Jose is currently home to a flea market, but single ownership makes master-planning possible.

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Project Description Must Be Specific, Court Rules

Yet another setback for Millenium Hollywood project arises from flexible development potential on project's site as approved by City of Los Angeles.

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Will Trump Weaken California Species Protection?

Calfornia's system of habitat conservation planning may be strong enough to withstand the federal government's attack on the Endangered Species Act.

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Zoning Not Automatically Subject To CEQA, Cal Supremes Say

But justices don't let San Diego completely off the hook on bypassing CEQA in adopting marijuana dispensary ordinance.

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Incoming Berkeley Design Dean Seeks to Unite East and West Coasts in Responsible Urbanism

Author, architect, and professor Vishaan Chakrabarty will influence a new generation of California planners as dean of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

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Housing Crisis Turns School Districts Into Developers

Especially in Bay Area, districts look at landholdings and see potential to provide housing for teachers.

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New Leader Shakes Up San Diego Regional Planning

New leadership seeks to revamp embattled Regional Transportation Plan for the San Diego Association of Governments -- and it could have statewide implications for SB375 planning

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Truckee to Transform Downtown with Railyard Redevelopment

Mountain town of Truckee will double the size of its downtown, redeveloping a railyard -- while keeping an active train

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Ellis Act Dictates CEQA Baseline

A vacant Hollywood apartment building can't be analyzed as if it were still occupied, court rules.

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San Diego County's Approval Of 40-Acre Lots Is Thrown Out

Appellate court concludes that subdivision was just a residential development in disguise and therefore in violation of the Williamson Act.

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Hesperia Beats Special District On Solar Control

Lake Arrowhead CSD had argued that state law pre-empted local land-use authority over a proposed solar panel project. The Court of Appeal disagreed.

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SB 375 Environmental Review Upheld

Broad ruling in Sacramento case gives cities great lattitude in approving infill projects.

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State Begins To Push SB 2 Planning Money Out The Door

Application process is easy for $123 million in noncompetitive grants for housing planning projects.

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Streamlining the Housing Element System

Recent legislation focuses on beefing up the housing element process, but how can California make sure that better housing elements actually lead to more housing?

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Newsom's Budget Includes Fines to Spur Housing

Gov. Gavin Newsom allocated $2.7 billion for housing and homelessness — the most ever in a California budget — and policies to prod cities into complying with RHNA

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How Will The Knick Ruling Affect California Planning?

More local land-use cases may land in federal court -- and local planners still aren't sure what constitutes a taking.

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Is The End of Zoning Near

And if so, will cities -- and their citizens -- still find ways to restrain the private real estate market?

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Raft of Housing, Land Use Bills Remain Alive in Legislature

California lawmakers advanced an estimated 200 housing-related bills, many of which have advanced out of their houses of origin as of the May 31 deadline.

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Martinez Wins APA Award for Promotion of Environmental Justice in National City

Carolina Martinez, in conjunction with Paradise Creek Partnership, received one of five 2019 Excellence Awards from the American Planning Association.

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Legal Settlement Enables St. Helena to Embrace Density in General Plan

Battle over eight-unit apartment building yields to adoption of St. Helena General Plan update

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Tahoe Uses Big Data To Tackle Transportation Problems

Guess what? Congestion is way worse than previous estimates suggested. But Big Data may help find the solutiosn too.

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Will Slow Population Growth Help Housing Affordability?

Population growth has fallen off a cliff, while housing production is steady. But housing prices are still through the roof.

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Alameda Loses Impact Fee Battle

City can't count cost of aquiring land it already obtained for free from the Navy.

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Huntington Park Loses Charter School Zoning Fight

Appellate court rules that "inquiries" are not enough to meet threshold to impose a moratorium.

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Committee Chair Refuses to Hold Vote on Housing Bill SB 50

The polarizing Senate Bill 50, which would have increased densities in many urban areas, is put on hold until 2020

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Newsom Proposes Shift of Housing Funds

Revised budget would focus on Infill Infrastructure Grant program rather than rewarding cities for meeting housing production goals.

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Congestion Pricing and High Home Prices on L.A.'s Westside

First annual Luskin Summit highlights the intricate web of problems in the area on both transportation and housing.

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Most L.A. Residents Have Considered Moving Because of Housing Prices

Both PPIC and UCLA surveys confirm the result.

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Cal Supremes Uphold Local Telecom Ordinance

Cities can't stop telecommunication facilities from using the public way, but they can regulate what they look like and where they are.

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Marin Quarry's Non-Conforming Status Prevents Expansion

CEQA, Marin County, Non-conforming use, Quarry, San Rafael, Zoning Court says lack of additional environmental impacts are irrelevant in non-conforming situation

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Inland Growth Exceeds Coastal Growth At Last

More people have been added to the inland population since 2015 than to the coastal population. That's the first time that's ever happened.

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Updated CEQA Guidelines Finally Go Into Effect

SB 743 regulations are the highest of the latest update, six years in the making.

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"Delivering" San Francisco from Its Housing Crisis

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has charged Judson True with streamlining, promoting, coaxing, advising – and doing just about anything else necessary to speed projects through the city’s development pipeline.

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SB 50 Clears First Committee Hurdle

How far will Wiener bill go this year?

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Downtown Oakland Plan Seeks to Promote Affordability, Diversity, Arts

The preliminary draft of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan includes the creation of up to 29,000 new housing units by 2040 and at least 50,000 new jobs

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Hopes for Downtown Santa Maria Rest on Pedestrian Plan

Santa Maria's downtown will get a new pedestrian plan that planners hope will bring the long-neglected area into the 21st century.

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Newsom Releases Details of Housing Plan

$250 Million in Planning Grants Would Be Tied To Higher Short-Term Production Goals.

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UC Merced Brings Knowledge Economy to Central Valley

City of Merced finds itself increasingly caught between two worlds: that of the traditional agricultural economy of the Central Valley, the knowledge-based economy of higher education

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Rooster Limit Is Constitutional

Seeking to crack down on cockfighting, Monterey County requires a permit to keep more than four.

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More Housing Bills Introduced

Bay Area's CASA Compact appears to be driving agenda in Sacramento.

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Gentrification On Steroids?

Will oppportunity zones help underserved neighborhoods -- or accelerate gentrification?

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Dollar General: The New Retail Villain

Small communities are fighting the stores, but usually they are allowed by local zoning.

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Wildfires, Housing Top Gordon's Priorities for Statewide Planning

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research Kate Gordon spoke with CP&DR’s Josh Stephens about her transition into the public sector as California’s de facto chief planner.

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Sacramento Gets Tough Around Light-Rail Stops

City bans auto-oriented uses such as fast-food and auto repair establishments.

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The Real CEQA Reform

Exemptions and ministerial processes are changing CEQA practice, end-running the law.

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Newsom Proposes Major Housing Package

Impact on local government could be huge.

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Details of the Governor's Housing Package

Major reforms of RHNA process and housing element enforcement are proposed.

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Legal Briefs

Legal Briefs for January 13, 2019

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Infill Exemption Upheld for 8-Unit Project

St. Helena neighbors fail to stop project.

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McKinley Village Project Moves Forward

In unpublished ruling, appellate court green-lights use of LOS F for infill project in Sacramento.

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The Land-Use Legacy of Jerry Brown

Brown should also be remembered as a land-use governor par excellence who was willing to take political heat for projects that may not pay off for the public for years or even decades, writes Morris Newman

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Yet More Detail for EIRs

Cal Supremes require stronger connection between air quality and health in Friant Ranch EIR.

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State Law Prevails Over Slow-Growth Vote in Encinitas

Judge keeps ordering Encinitas to prepare new housing element, but voters keep shooting it down.

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You Can't Sue Over Policies They Haven't Violated Yet

Plumas enviros may be suspicious of the county's general plan policies, but that's not enough to win.

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School Fee Study Flunks The Test

Campbell developer gets $499,000 refund.

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Lay Comments on Aesthetics Trigger EIR

In another Dollar General case, appellate court also says historic review is not a substitute for CEQA.

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CP&DR's Top Stories of 2018

Senate Bill 827 gets its own category in CP&DR's annual list of its most-read stories

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Tejon Ranch Approval Pushes Boundaries of Sprawl

After two decades of negotiation, the new master-planned town of Centennial has been cleared for 12,323 acres of the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch

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How Do All These Policies Reduce Driving?

Thanks to SB 375, we have all kinds of transportation and land use policies designed to reduce driving. It's time to start figuring out whether they work.

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New General Plan Seeks to Banish Stockton's Demons

Formerly bankrupt city hopes downtown will lead the way back.

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How Do We Reconcile Density and Fire Risk?

Paradise turns all of our ideas about wildfire management upside down.

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Beating the Amazon Con

Amazon isn't worth the price for any city, no matter what.

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Local Rent Control, Stricter Development Requirements Pass On Local Ballots

It's no surprise: Voters want more control at the local level.

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The Social Importance of Public Spaces

In his new book, Eric Klinenberg can't quite decide whether social infrastructure is physical and tangible or whether it's something squishier.

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What's Behind the L.A. Times Housing Numbers?

Region and party make a big difference in why people think California is in crisis on the housing issue.

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Q&A: Ten Years In, SB 375's Impacts Remain Promising but Still Speculative

“California’s SB 375 and the Pursuit of Sustainable and Affordable Development” zeroes in on SB 375’s influence on housing policy and housing production in the state’s four major urban regions.

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California APA Announces 2018 Planning Awards

The California Chapter of the American Planing Association gave out its annual awards at the APA California conference.

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When Does Guidance Become A Threshold?

The Fourth District rules that San Diego County created a significance threshold for GHG emissions -- even though the threshold was supposedly a recommended method never adopted by the county.

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Job Advertisement (extra week/s)

Extend your job ad on CP&DR.com ($20 per extra week)

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November 2018 Land Use Ballot Measures

Five statewide measures and dozens of local measures -- concerning housing production, rent control, local policies, and more -- are on the Nov. 6 ballot

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HCD Using Carrots, Sticks To Get More Housing

Agency is reviewing more housing elements but also providing more planning grants.

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Kavanaugh Misses Oral Argument on Two Major Land-Use Cases

With 4-4 ties looming, court will have to decide whether to rehear cases.

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Scooters Propel Cities Toward New Regulatory Approaches

California jurisdictions welcome scooter companies ... sort of ...

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Q&A: San Diego Environmental Advocate Nicole Captrez Joins SGC

For 20 years, Nicole Capretz has been advocating for environmental justice in the San Diego area, most recently as founder and executive director of the Climate Action Campaign. Capretz is now extending her reach beyond San Diego.

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Insight: What Berkeley Case Tells Us About SB 35

Exemption for historic landmarks could limit law's use in exactly the locations where housing should be built.

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Housing Element EIR Can Use Future Baseline

It's a policy document that accommodates growth rather than inducing it, appellate court says.

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Hollywood Target: CEQA Inside-Out

Appellate Court gives green light to complete half-built project after rejecting plaintiff's CEQA arguments.

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Housing Again Dominates Bills for Brown's Consideration

Like a symphony that starts with the crescendo, this year’s legislative season opened with the introduction of Senator Scot Weiner’s Senate Bill 827

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Insight: The State Gets Tough On Housing Elements

Two important bills would make important methodology changes. And HCD is cracking down on enforcement.

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Opportunity Zones Look Promising For California

But will investors do what cities need them to do?

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Temporary Zoning-GP Inconsistency Is OK, Cal Supremes Rule

Referendum that repeals zoning ordinance cannot be knocked off the ballot of a city has the ability to quickly reconcile the inconsistency.

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Development Agreements Can't Be Passed By Initiative

Appellate court says negotiation with local government is an essential part of the process.

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SPUR Head Metcalf Bids Farewell to Transformed, Challenged Bay Area

SPUR's Gabe Metcalf recently announced his departure for The Committee for Sydney

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San Francisco Breaks New Ground on Accessory Units

But can S.F.'s lessons be translated to other cities?

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"Fact-Based Comments" Carry The Day In Fremont

Objections to townhome project were not just opinion, appellate court rules -- thus opening the way for an environmental impact report.

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SLO County Vineyard Well Permits Don't Require CEQA Analysis

In a blow to enviromentalists, appellate court says groundwater supply issues must be dealt with under state groundwater act, not well permits designed to deal with water quality.

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Nothing Unusual About Diablo Canyon

Berkeley Hillside rule doesn't apply to nuke plant's lease extension.

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Justice Kavanaugh's Strike Zone

How the Supreme Court nominee interprets the Endangered Species Act is likely to have a profound impact on land-use patterns in California.

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State of Resistance

Manuel Pastor reminds us of how much California has changed.

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Regions Contemplate New, Tougher Carbon Emissions Targets

Air Resources Board lowers 2035 targets by a percentage point, or more, for many MPOs

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Suit Attacks Greenhouse Gas Scoping Plan in Name of Social Justice

A coalition of civil rights groups is suing the Air Resources Board, claiming its 2017 greenhouse gas reduction Scoping Plan will impede development of housing

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Beach District Contracts Away Police Power

But Broad Beach contract with Moorpark on sand-hauling routes is not subject to CEQA

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Will Split Roll Hurt Mom and Pops?

The split roll idea has a lot of pluses -- but it could harm the retailers, especially small ones, who often give an urban area vitality.

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San Diego's Seaport Village To Get Major Overhaul

Seventy-story towers expected to be constructed on Port of San Diego property.

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How To Fix Proposition 13

After 40 years, some pieces of the initiative are baked into California's political DNA. But reforms could help alleviate the housing crisis.

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Oakland Study Touts Benefits of Community-Oriented Transit Oriented Development

LPPI found that the surrounding community remained stable and economically prosperous in the decade following the development of Fruitvale Transit Vilage in East Oakland.

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SCG Considers 19 Projects for AHSC Grants

The Strategic Growth Council will consider the awarding of $257.5 million in cap-and-trade funding for the 2016- 17 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

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Eviction Is Only Part Of The Housing Crisis

Eviction is heartbreaking -- but so is homeless, overcrowding, high rent, and other problems created by California's housing shortage.

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What Role Does Rent Control Play

The housing crisis requires both-and solutions -- not either-or solutions. Rent control might be part of the answer, but much more is required.

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Always Use The Experts

Santa Rosa neighbors lose case after appellate court rejects their "nonexpert" analysis.

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Land Use Ballot Measures: June 5, 2018

Voters in a dozen or so cities and counties will decide on 15 land use measures June 5, with a fairly typical array of questions.

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Sober Living Facilities Raise Zoning Concerns

Profileration of facilities in residential neighborhoods create clash with cities, especially in Orange County.

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The Sad Debate Over SB 827

Maybe everybody on both sides was right. Even so, it wasn't fun.

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Bakersfield Looks Inward

A Q&A with Bakersfield's new planning director.

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What's The Matter With L.A.

New Census figures show that net out-migration isn't bad statewide -- but it's terrible in Los Angeles. 

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School Fees Case: Apartments' Common Space Counts

Appellate court rejects idea that school fees calculations don't include interior hallways and other common space.

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Developer Pressures Berkeley With SB 35

Apartment building gets fast-tracked as a result

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Will Silicon Valley Be Ground Zero For SB 35?

Old Vallco Shopping Center in Cupertino may show the way on how to use the controversial new law.

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California Cities, Counties Grapple With Cannibis

More than 100 jurisdictions are thought to be crafting regulations for all aspects of the industry

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Insight: The Market Versus NIMBYS And Renters

Will Scott Wiener figure out how to make common cause with liberals who don't trust the private development market?

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SB 743 Overrides Parking Concerns

Appellate court gives Covina a victory on infill development -- and deals another loss to Cory Briggs.

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Long Beach Passes Scaled-Down Land Use Element

Action comes after brawl between city and anti-growth groups.

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Legislative Update: Weiner Revises SB 827 Transit Oriented Development Bill

Despite proclamations by many that SB 827 was dead on arrival, for being too aggressive, a revision has just been released

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Court Upholds Referendum on Zoning Ordinance

Repealing a zoning ordinances doesn't create an inconsistency with the general plan because it "doesn't enact anything".

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The Urban Strategy 40 Years Later

The frame is different, but Jerry Brown is using climate change to pursue the same goals he laid out in the 1970s.

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Housing Bills Flood Sacramento Again

Two Wiener followups to SB 35 lead the pack.

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Broker's Opinion Doesn't Constitute Substantial Evidence

In the latest urban decay case, an appellate court reinforces an earlier ruling to say that substantial evidence must involved more than merely an expert's "conjecture"

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After 30 Years, Clock Strikes (Net-) Zero for Newhall Ranch Opposition

Acknowledging that the massive project will eventually be construct, most environmental groups agree to strike a deal. But there's still one holdout.

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Condo Association Can Seek Inverse Condemnation Damages

Appellate court overrules lower court in Gold Line Extension case.

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AG Exempt From CEQA Exhaustion Requirement

Attorney General can raise issues in court that aren't in an EIR's administrative record, appellate court rules.

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DOF's Blocking of Post-Redevelopment Funds Could Be Unconstitutional

Related California wasn't a party to a contract among Anaheim agencies to shuffle affordable housing money -- but the developer's third-party status doesn't matter.

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Where's Scott Wiener Coming From?

The housing-focused state senator says the politics of housing have flipped and he's willing to take the heat.

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Solve the Housing Crisis With Carrots As Well As Sticks

Cities need fiscal incentives to approve more housing.

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Insight: The Urban/Rural Politics of Wildfires

Counties are putting more structures in harm's way in wildfires. And nobody wants to pay for it.

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Terminating Sanction Upheld in Wildomar Wal-Mart Case

Appellate court finds CEQA lawyer Cory Briggs engaged in "a calculated attempt to delay" discovery and deposition.

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Sales Office Trumps Warehouses in Sales Tax War

Ontario's redevelopment agency did a deal with a medical supply company. Fontana, San Bernardino, and Lathrop were losers in the process.

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CP&DR's Top Stories of 2017

The California Planning & Development Report's annual roundup of its most popular articles of the year

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OPR Finally Finishes SB 743 Guidelines

VMT will soon replace LOS as standard traffic analysis tool

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Long Beach Plan Gets Sued

Planners thought strategy to protecting wetlands and promoting development was good enough -- but enviros thought otherwise. 

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Be Sure To Designate Your Preferred Alternative!

State Parks EIR overturned because five alternatives were proposed -- but none designated as preferred.

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Environmentalists Score Points on SANDAG Remand

Case not moot, says a divided appellate court panel.

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Four Land Use Measures Appear on Local Ballots

After the intensity of the last few election cycle — nationally and locally -- if ever there was an off-year election, November 7 was it

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State's Economic Strategy Pinches Pennies, Ignores Dollars

Despite a budget deficit so large that it triggered the first gubernatorial recall in California history, the administration of Gov. Gray Davis has shown scant interest in stimulating the economy. But with the chaos in Sacramento - and the fact that elected officials have a smaller and smaller role to play in actually shaping the state's budget - it may be that no California governor can devise an effective economic development strategy.

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Get Those Annual Progress Reports Ready

New planning funding will depend on up-to-date general plan reports, HCD director says

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Legal Digest: Always Sue The Right Agency!

A property owner who claimed that the San Diego County Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan resulted in a taking of property sued the wrong agencies, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Redondo Beach Expresses Mixed Feelings about Mixed-Use

Twenty-five years after adopting a mixed-use ordinance, the city puts a two-year moratorium on such projects.

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Legal Briefs: Oct 15, 2017

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Insight: The CEQA End-Run

Affordable Housing, Berkeley, CEQA, San Francisco, Santa Cruz
Forget comprehensive CEQA reform. In Sacramento and cities across California, the end-run is the thing.

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Land Use Legislation Roundup 2017

Given the number of housing bills that the legislature and governor focus on this session, it’s a wonder that they got anything else done. Nonetheless, they passed more than 50 laws related to land use this session.

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Legal Briefs Oct 15, 2017

Legal Briefs for Oct 15, 2017

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Nothing Unusual About Telegraph Hill

Appellate case upholds CEQA exemption for condo project.

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Four Takeaways From This Year's Housing Bills

What does all that legislative activity add up to?

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SMART Train Opens Up New Development Opportunities

North Bay commuter rail line may help developers more than commuters.

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Google Goes Urban

Tech giant plans huge campus near Diridon Station in Downtown San Jose.

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Prop. 13's Vote Requirement May Yet Survive Upland Ruling Intact

A California Supreme Court decision seemed to upend a major provision of Proposition 13 and its companion laws. Exuberant as it is, that analysis is misguided.

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Supreme Court Hoists Jarvis On Its Own Petard

Who pitted local governments against voters in the first place?

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Prop. 218 Doesn't Apply to Initiatives

Cal Supremes distinguish between "local government" and "voters".

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Burbank Plan to Seize Upon Air, Rail, Road Connections

Air, rail, and highway access inspires Burbank to plan dynamic mixed-use district.

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Housing Element Law Prevails in Los Gatos

Los Gatos, Regional Housing Needs Allocation, Specific Plans
Court decision compels Los Gatos Town Council to walk back denial of project on city's last major undeveloped parcel.

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Land Purchase Agreement Doesn't Trigger CEQA, Court Rules

Among other things, a 10-slide powerpoint isn't an LRDP.

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CEQA Applies to Public Railroad Projects, Cal Supremes Rule

State railroads -- like the High-Speed Rail project -- are not pre-empted by federal railroad law.

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OPR Releases First Update to General Plan Guidelines in 17 Years

The document includes substantive changes, including brand-new discussions on environmental justice, infill development, and climate change.

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Freeway Caps May Reshape California Urban Areas

Impediments remain -- but experts say neither engineering nor financing are the problems in reclaiming urban land.

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Insight: What the SANDAG Case Teaches Us About CEQA

The environmental review law often runs along a completely separate track from planning and policy processes -- thus causing a lot of confusion.

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Supreme Court Backs SANDAG on SCS

Justiecs overturn lower court but can't say what adequate GHG analysis would be in the future.

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Coastal Permit Conditions Are Land-Use Restrictions, Not Exactions

In a blow to the Pacific Legal Foundation, the California Supreme Court rules that Encinitas landowners can't simultaneously sue and build.

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Appellate Court Gives Malibu Voters A Harsh Lesson

Restricting chain stores via initiative isn't as easy as it looks.

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Cities, Housing Advocates Take Different Approaches to Housing Crisis

Affordable Housing, California Environmental Quality Act, Housing
Cities support bill to streamline environmental review on plans, while advocates want state override of local decisions.

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New Supreme Court Ruling Proves Once Again: No Firm Taking Standard

Case from Wisconsin is based on quirky facts -- just like practically every takings case the Supreme Court deals with.

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Fort Ord Design Guidelines Draw National Attention

The Fort Ord Regional Urban Design Guidelines, adopted last year by the Ford Ord Base Reuse Authority, attempts to usher in appropriate development for the 28,000-acre site.

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Housing and Transportation Aren't Separate Things

The new transportation package is great -- but the state should acknowledge that the two issues are linked.

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Can Citizen Testimony Be Enough To Support Findings?

In a new case from San Diego, the Fourth District says yes, overturning a judge who overturned the City Council.

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Cathedral City Sees Good Bet In Casino

Struggling "downtown" district could be revived with tribal facility.

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College of San Mateo Loses CEQA Case on Remand

Revised project on campus was a modification -- not a new project -- but First District rules that supplemental EIR was not sufficient.

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Hemet Downtown Plan Taps into History, Mobility

Hemet's new downtown plan follows the city’s 2012 general plan, which calls for "mixed use higher intensity environments that offer opportunities for people to live, work and shop within a compact area.”

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San Diego Can Move Forward With Lifeguard Station

Appellate court overturns trial judge's ruling blocking Mission Beach structure.

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City Deserves Great Deference in Findings on Historic Structure

Coronado bungalow was declared historic even though similar houses weren't, but appellate court says that's the city's decision.

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Master Planned Communities Underway in California

The following is a selection of the largest master planed communities currently underway in California. See accompanying story, Post-Recession, Master Planned Communities Come Back to Life.

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Post-Recession, Master Planned Communities Come Back to Life

With the California economy booming, large-scale master planned communities are back -- but for now long?

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Zoning Changes Aren't One Project For CEQA Purposes

If they can be implemented independently, it's not "piecemealing," Sixth District rules

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Trump Order Reframes Wetlands Regulation

His WOTUS executive order instructs federal agencies to ignore Kennedy's deciding vote on wetlands regulation.

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City Can't Punt on ESHAs in EIR, Supreme Court Rules

Court overturns appellate court in controversial case about Banning Ranch in Newport Beach.

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Insight: Would Gorsuch Overturn the WOTUS Rule?

The Supreme Court nominee takes a narrow view of administrative agencies' power -- but is likely to apply that view in a nonpartisan way.

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Fresno To Get Half Of New SGC Program's Funds

Transformative Climate Communities targets disadvantaged places -- L.A. will get one-quarter of the pot.

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State May Step In To Fair Housing Debate

Santiago bill would backstop federal rule that Trump Administration is likely to dump.

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Ballot Measure Roundup: A Quiet Election Day in California

There were more measures on local ballots in Los Angeles County than there were in the rest of the state combined.

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L.A. Voters Reject Slow-Growth Measure

Voters in the City of Los Angeles resoundingly rejected a ballot measure that would have radically reshaped the city’s approach to planning and influenced the city’s urban fabric for generations.

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Napa County Properly Kept Oak Woodlands Initiative Off Ballot, Court Rules

Measure would have turned voluntary practices into mandatory requirements.

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Coalitions Square Off Over Los Angeles Anti-Growth Measure

Will anti-growth forces upend the Los Angeles growth status quo with Measure S?

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Delisting Process Can Be Used To Challenge Original Species Listing

Delisting petition under California endangered species law not limited to after-listing changes, Supreme Court rules.

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Insight: Trump EPA Likely To Repeal WOTUS Rule

End of signature Obama policy could put more pressure on California state environmental laws.

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Post-Prop. 64, California Cities Consider How to Go Green

Proposition 64 affirms that localities have significant discretion to decide whether and how to allow cannabis-related business activities, including cultivation, processing, and retail sales.

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Manhattan Beach Adopts Low-Profile Downtown Plan

Manhattan Beach wants to be the opposite of its namesake.

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San Diego Community Plans at Odds with General Plan, Climate Plan

City's CAP has received national praise. But community plans aren't following suit with more density.

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Insight: Creeping Incrementalism in Housing Policy?

There's momentum in Sacramento, but not for comprehensive reform.

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Budget Draft Includes Policy Principles, but Little Money, for Housing

Brown proposes major moves to increase housing production -- without more state money.

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Brown Act Defect Invalidates Walmart Initiative

Apple Valley accepted gift to pay for election without agendizing item.

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Dispute over Gas Station Erupts into Legal Battle in Sacramento

Affluent Curtis Park residents thought they were getting a mixed-use infill project.

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New General Plan Trumps Old Specific Plan, Cal Supremes Rule

City of Orange never incorporated old land use designation into new general plan -- and referendum killing housing project stands.

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California APA Chapter Launches Pro Bono Assistance

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association recently launched a program to help needy communities.

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General Plan Policy Not Sufficient For Insignificance

Meeting established thresholds under CEQA still not enough to satisfy appellate court.

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Revamp of Fresno Plans, Zoning Code Aims to Create "Next Great American Downtown"

Will this time be the charm for one of California's most eternally troubled central business districts?

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Land Use Ballot Measure Results, Nov. 2016

Growth boundaries win, Chargers lose, activists in Santa Monica lose, rent control splits.

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Financial Recovery, Dissolution of Redevelopment Mark McKenzie's Career at Helm of League of Cities

Chris McKenzie recently announced his retirement as executive director of the League of California Cities. He spoke with CP&DR about his 17-year tenure. >>read more

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Insight: Bifurcated California

There are two Californias: The dense one and the sprawling one. Can they get along?

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SGC Criticized On Scoring for Senior Projects

Applications reclassified from "apartments" to "retirement community" for GHG reduction analysis.

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Mello Funds Can Replace General Tax Revenue

"Increased demand" from new development meets legal requirement.

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California Voters Face Bumper Crop of Land Use Ballot Measures

More than 50 ballot measures around state deal with growth, transportation, parks.

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Future Redevelopment Housing Setaside Payments Can't Be Honored

3d district sounds weary in rejecting housing advocates' arguments.

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SGC Staff Proposes Funding $289 Million in Projects

Almost $100 goes to Bay Area, $76 million to SCAG

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Obama Toolkit Takes Cues From California

Administration's menu of policy options for housing development contains many familiar ideas.

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Legal Briefs

New cases on monks printing books in the woods and nude dancing in San Diego.

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Courts Can Withhold Disputed Redevelopment Funds

The state is prevented from doing so by Prop. 22 -- but judges are not.

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Coastal Act Trumps Density Bonus Act

Neighborhood character in Venice was a legitimate coastal issue, appellate court rules.

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Legislative Roundup: Brown Embraces Housing Bills Large and Small

CP&DR's rundown of land use legislation passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Brown in the 2016 session: "granny flats," density bonuses, and climate change regulations prevail.

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Inclusionary Housing Powers Reaffirmed By New Court Ruling

West Hollywood case builds on last year's ruling from San Jose.

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Briggs Loses San Diego Attorneys Fees Case

His nonprofit client was suspended when he started legal action against the city.

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Cal Supremes Give Lead Agencies Deference On "New" v. "Modified" Projects

San Mateo College case resolves conflict between appellate districts but plaintiffs still hope to win on remand.

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Legal Briefs: When Does A Wireless Company "Incommode the Public Use"?

When do wireless facilities "incommode the public use"?

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After Brown Signs New Law, State Floats GHG Reduction Ideas

Papers on "Vibrant Communities" & VMT reduction hint at state policy direction.

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Insight: New Climate Bills Likely to Put Pressures on SCSs

Burden to hit 2030 target will fall especially hard on MPOs if cap-and-trade program goes away. >>read more

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Placer County to Decide On Squaw Valley Resort Development

The proposed Village at Squaw Valley would transform the mountain’s currently threadbare base area into a multi-use destination. >>read more

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Coastal Commission Rejects Banning Ranch Proposal

A proposed development in Newport Beach that has become a crucible for the California Coastal Commission was overwhelmingly rejected, 9-1. >>read more

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Legal Briefs: CEQA-In-Reverse Affirmed on Remand

Appellate court distinguishes between "source" thresholds and "receptor" thresholds. >> read more

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Sepastopol Developer Wins $2.855 Million Judgment

Delays in city approval triggered legal fight between landowner and developer. >> read more

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Brown's Housing Bill Goes Down

But housing remains a big issue in remaining bills headed to Gov. Brown'd esk. >>read more

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Oakland Seeks Social Equity, Efficient Spending from New Department of Transportation

A Q&A with Nelson/Nygaard's Jeff Tumlin, who is serving as the city's interim transportation director.

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When Is An Historic Railroad Trestle Not Historic?

When the City Council says so, according to a new appellate court rulilng.

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Housing Bills Dominate 2016 Legislative Slate

Brown may not get his as-of-right bill passed. But lots of other housing bills are in the hopper. >>read more

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Forward Into The Past

A new crop of SoCal coastal slow-growth ballot measures is deja vu all over again. And current state policy isn't enough of a counterweight. >>read more

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Second-Generation SCS's Focus on Incremental Change

Governor's executive order might change the game if SANDAG loses pending California Supreme Court lawsuit. >>read more

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Court Shoots Down Urban Decay CEQA Argument

Business owner's comments don't constitute substantial evidence in Downtown Joshua Tree fight over Dollar General. >>read more

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SCS Doesn't Need To Take State Mandates Into Account

Pacific Legal Foundation loses another one.

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Anit-SLAPP Motion Denied In Carson NFL Case

An appellate court has denied an anti-SLAPP motion to strike in a long-running dispute between rival developers and the City of Carson.

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San Diego Not Quite Off The Hook In Brown Act Case

The City Council has changed its non-agenda public comment ordinance, but they're not off the hook yet.

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SCOTUS Wetlands Ruling May Affect California Vernal Pools

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling gives property owners the ability to challenge the Army Corps' "jurisdictional determination" of wetlands before seeking a permit.

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Local Voters to Decide on Marijuana Cultivation, Bay Area Mega-Initiative, and More

The fifteen or so land-use measures on city and county ballots June 6 represent a cross-section of issues that California localities are facing. They include referenda on perennial questions like proposed developments (Pleasanton Measure K),  affordable housing (San Francisco Proposition C) funding for parks and infrastructure (San Francisco Proposition B). and, yet again, State of Jefferson secession (Lassen County).

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Insight: California Needs More Housing -- But It's Not As Simple As Supply and Demand

Amid all the alarming news about housing in California, here’s the one piece of information that really stands out for me: 

The average home price in the United States is about $180,000. The average home price in California is about $440,000. Not just in San Francisco, or Oakland, or Los Angeles, or Orange County, or San Diego. The entire state.

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Simplicity Triumphs in Pershing Square Design Competition

Rarely does anything with a lawn, a photovoltaic canopy, a “great lawn," no fewer than 13 design collaborators, and an estimated $50 million budget, qualify as simple. But, relative to its competitors, that’s exactly what the winning design in the Pershing Square Renew competition is

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Renters vs. Tenants: A Distinction with a Difference

Like 45 percent of other Californians and 52 percent of other Angelenos, I live in a home owned by a stranger. It’s not quite the American dream. Nationwide, 65 percent of households own the units they occupy. But it suits me fine.

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Rent Control Gains Traction Amid Housing Crisis in Bay Area

Like a monster that’s been hiding in the basement for decades, rent control is rearing its head in the Bay Area. Whether it is an ugly countenance or a smiling face is a matter of perspective.

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Elimination of Minimum Housing Densities Not Exempt From CEQA

Overturning the decision of a trial judge, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that the City of Palm Springs’s decision to eliminate minimum residential densities from its general plan is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act.

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Moore Gets National Recognition for Leading San Diego Port Master Plan

Ports can sometimes seems like neither fish nor fowl from a planning perspective. Though they often operate as a world apart, they are as big and complex as many cities are. Planning them therefore poses a challenge. It's a challenge that San Diego Port CommissionerAnn Moore took on enthusiastically. 

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San Diego Considers Dueling Plans to Finance Stadium, Convention Center

What do touchdowns, trade shows, room service, rivers, and dorm rooms have in common? In San Diego, quite a bit.

Spooked by the possible relocation of the San Diego Chargers football team, the city is doubling down on opportunities not only to retain the Chargers but also to pursue a host of other initiatives related to tourism and economic development. The matters may be resolved through one of two competing measures that are expected to appear on upcoming ballots.

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Ballot Measure Results: Many Marijuana Measures Fail; Voters Reject Growth

Localities weighed in on marijuana, fracking, development, and more on June 6.

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General Plan Language Matters

In Wal-Mart case, Victorville gets caught between GP, EIR, and parcel map findings.

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Pro-Environment Ruling Overturned In San Bernardino Groundwater Pumping Case

Overturning a trial judge, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that the private water company Cadiz Inc. and two public agencies did not violate the California Environmental Quality Act in moving forward a groundwater pumping and restoration project in San Bernardino County.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups had argued that the project's environmental review violated CEQA on two major points: First, by making the Santa Margarita Water District the lead agency rather than San Bernardino County; and second, by writing the project description in such a way that the project was characterized as a water conservation project even though it will result in a net loss of water. 

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andrea Andler ruled in favor of the environmental plaintiffs. But the Fourth District overturned her on all of the plaintiffs' claims.

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Google Boss Sees Housing Crisis Through 3-D Glasses

BEVERLY HILLS, May 2, 2016 - As the saying goes, when you're holding a hammer, the world looks like a nail. What if you have a 3-D printer instead of a hammer?

If you're Eric Schmidt, you build houses.

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Insight: Will Medical Marijuana Cases Drive Land Use Law From Now On?

Medical marijuana in California may be a pretty intense battleground, but at the same time, to mix metaphors, it usually looks like a policy cul-de-sac. Advocates of access to medical marijuana are generally single-issue folks who don't care much about any other local issue. And advocates of strict regulation - who include a vast number of local elected officials throughout the state - don't break down along traditional ideological grounds.

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Thomas, Kennedy Seek to Revisit San Remo Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on April 25 to take a case from Connecticut that would have overturned the 1985 case Williamson County Regional Planning Comm'n v. Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, 473 U. S. 172, a pre-First English case in which the court ruled that property owners seeking to a regulatory taking case in federal court have to first ensure that all administrative remedies at the local or state level are exhausted and then seek compensation through whatever mechanism is provided by the state.

However, Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy dissented from the denial of certiorari in Arrigoni Enterprises v. Town of Durham, saying they wanted to use the case to revisit the questions about Williamson County raised in the dissent in the 2005 Supreme Court case, San Remo Hotel v. San Francisco, 545 U.S. 323. That case involving a dispute going back decades over payment of an in-lieu fee or provision of replacement units when a hotel is converted from residential to tourist use.

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Justice Thomas Wants To Go After Nollan/Dolan

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday not take the appeal in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose, the case in which the California Supreme Court upheld San Jose's inclusionary housing requirement. But the court was not completely silent. 

In concurring with the decision to pass on the case - a decision that not accompanied by a written opinion by the court -- Justice Clarence Thomas said he believes that the question of whether disproportionate exactions can be imposed on developers in legislative actions - as opposed to quasi-judicial action - is not settled.

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Social Justice, Regional Economics at Odds in Downtown Oakland Plan

Uber has finally arrived in Oakland. Not the ride service - that's been around for a while - but rather the company itself, which recently moved its headquarters from San Francisco to a former Sears department store. What would be a triumph of economic development for many cities is making many Oaklanders nervous. They fear that what Uber has done to the taxi industry, wealthy residents and boutique businesses might do to Oakland's working-class heritage.

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California Needs 'Minimum Housing' to Go Along with Minimum Wage

Sexy-sporty clothing brand American Apparel has long been one of the Los Angeles' most beloved, and most controversial, corporate citizens. It is known for paying decent wages and treating its workers well.
 
When it easily could have outsourced jobs to Asia, it has also resolutely kept its main factory in Los Angeles, occupying a muscular, seven-story industrial building on the southeast edge of downtown since 2000. American Apparel has proudly championed social-justice causes, including immigration reform and gay rights, and assured consumers that they are buying "sweatshop-free" garments made by well treated workers.
 
They're just the sort of workers who might  might benefit from the forthcoming increase in California's minimum wage. If only they - and every other low-wage worker in Los Angeles - had decent roofs over their heads.

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Intellectual Tourism, Near and Far: Review of 'The Geography of Genius'

Steve Jobs. 

That's the only reference to Apple's ubiquitous founder that this review will include. In Geography of Genius, journalist Eric Weiner does the world a favor by reminding us that there are, and have been, other greats who deserve the mantle of genius.

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Fetishizing Families: Review of 'The Human City'

I would like to buy Joel Kotkin a beer. I vote we try a gastropub downtown. Or maybe a rooftop lounge. I'll take the subway, and he can take a taxi. That way, neither of us has to drive.

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County Can't Undermine Dispensary Referendum, Court Rules

In repealing a medical marijuana ordinance that a referendum sought to overturn, the Kern County Board of Supervisors erred in also repealing the underlying ordinance that the referendum's backers were seeking to reinstate, the Fifth District Court of Appeal has ruled. It's the third appellate ruling in a medical marijuana zoning case to be issued in the last month.

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California Cities Join Global Urban Resilience Movement

Coastal California has long been known for harrowing natural hazards: wildfires, drought, floods, the occasional tsunami, and, of course, earthquakes. It has also developed some serious human-made hazards too: chronic poverty, sea level rise, crime, pollution, riots, fragile energy grids, stratospheric housing costs, among others. 

The state is, as urban theorist Mike Davis put it, steeped in "the ecology of fear." Armed with new data and strategies, cities are trying to ease their anxieties. 

"Resilience" refers to cities' ability to weather and recover from discrete "shocks," such as earthquakes, and chronic "stresses," such as poverty and the predicted effects of climate change. California has become Ground Zero in the resilience movement.
 
Four California cities - Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco - have appointed "chief resilience officers" as part of a worldwide experiment in hazard mitigation and bureaucratic reform sponsored by New York-based nonprofit 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), project of the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Insight: Will Upland Ruling Allow Stadiums -- And Others -- Evade Two-Thirds Vote?

So, why does a court ruling on a medical marijuana ban in Upland affect the Chargers ability to build a new stadium in San Diego?

For the same reason that construction of a Wal-Mart in Sonora affects the Rams ability to build a new stadium in Inglewood, which is:

The apparently magical power of the initiative process to end-run two generations of laws that make it more difficult to approve new buildings and adopt new taxes in California.

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State "Incentives" To Charter Cities To Use Prevailing Wage Struck Down

A state law that prohibits charter cities from receiving state funds for a public construction project if it allows the contractors to not pay prevailing wage has been upheld by a split appellate court.

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Upland Mobile Dispensary Ordinance Not Subject to CEQA, Court Rules

In the second medical marijuana ruling out of the City of Upland in the last week, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that Upland's ban on mobile medical marijuana dispensaries is not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act.

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One Win, One Loss For Cities In Marijuana Cases

Local governments in the Inland Empire won one and lost one in rulings about medical marijuana, both from the same panel of justices on the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

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City Doesn't Inherit Redevelopment Housing Obligations, Appellate Court Rules

In the latest chapter of a long-running legal battle over affordable housing and redevelopment in Fontana, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that the city is not required to take on the former redevelopment agency's affordable housing obligations.

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Denial of Upzoning Might Create Disparate Impact Under Fair Housing Law, Ninth Circuit Rules

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a trial judge and ruled that the City of Yuma's refusal to approve an upzoning might constitute a disparate racial impact under the federal Fair Housing Act.

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Disputed Redevelopment Funds Can't Be Withheld, Court Rules

Under Proposition 22, neither the state Board of Equalization nor a county auditor-controller can constitutionally withhold tax funds as part of a redevelopment dispute, as called for by AB 1484, the 2012 bill that cleaned up the redevelopment wind-down, the Third District Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Second District Upholds L.A. Billboard Restrictions

The Second District Court of Appeal has ruled that the City of Los Angeles's ban on billboards advertising offsite businesses is not content-based and therefore not subject to the "strict scrutiny" test under free-speech clauses in either the U.S. or California constitution.

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Community Character Under CEQA Limited to Aesthetics, Appellate Court Rules

Resident concerns about the social and psychological impact associated with the conversion of a horse-boarding facility to a 12-lot subdivision do not constitute a "community character" issue requiring an environmental impact report, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled.

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How Scalia Found His Voice

Thirty years ago, in his first big majority opinion -- a land-use case from the California coast -- Antonin Scalia found the colorful and irreverent style that came to distinguish his career on the Supreme Court. And with one clean swipe, he knocked William Brennan out of the box and became the intellectual leader of the court.

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Carlsbad Voters Reject Tuolomne Tactic

In an absurd twist on use of the Tuolomne Tactic, Carlsbad voters have apparently overturned the city council’s decision to adopt a proposed ballot initiative approving a specific plan that would permit developer Rick Caruso to move forward with a shopping center.

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Ballot Initiative Takes Aim at Planning in Los Angeles

On the morning of Wednesday, November 9, while the nation takes stock of its future, its second-largest city will be doing the same. By then, the proposed Hollywood Palladium Residences may be one of two things: a proud testament to a progressive city's embrace of smart growth, or a 28-story symbol of the hubris of Los Angeles' planning and development community.

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Cal Supremes Deny Rehearing In Newhall Ranch Case

The California Supreme Court has denied a rehearing in Center for Biological Diversity v. Los Angeles County, the major challenge to the environmental impact report on the Newhall Ranch project.

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Presidio Trust Didn't Violate Historic Preservation Law In Planning New Development, Ninth Circuit Rules

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that The Presidio Trust can move forward with the construction of a 12-building complex commonly referred to as a "lodge" in the vicinity of the Main Parade Ground. In so doing, the court rejected arguments from the Sierra Club and a variety of historic preservation organizations that doing so would violate the Presidio Trust Act. The court also rejected the argument that the Presidio Trust's actions did not meet the consultation requirements contained in Section 110f of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Billboard Company Has No Case Against City of Corona, Court Rules

An outdoor advertising company that erected a billboard without permits in the City of Corona was not discriminated against and did not have its constitutional rights violated by the city's action, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Insight: Consensus, Not Clarity, From Cal Supremes on CEQA

Now that comprehensive legislative reform of the California Environmental Quality Act seems unlikely, all eyes are turning to the California Supreme Court - if not for reform, then at least for clarity that will make the world of CEQA a little simpler, a little cleaner, and a little more understandable.

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Fish & Wildlife Created Physical Taking In Flooding Del Norte Subdivision

In a 61-page opinion, the Third District Court of Appeal has ruled that the Department of Fish & Wildlife's actions in managing coastal flooding around Lake Tolowa and Lake Earl in Del Norte County constituted a physical taking of the adjacent landowners' property. 

However, the Third District also ruled that the regulatory processes that led to the periodic flooding of the nearby property did not constitute a regulatory taking on the part of the Coastal Commission.

The case involves the Pacific Shores subdivision in Del Norte County, located along the beach just a few miles south of the Oregon border. The 1,500-lot subdivision itself was approved in 1963. Infrastructure such as roads is in place. But no homes have ever been built on the property, partly because the Coastal Commission has never approved a local coastal program land use plan for the area.

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OPR Revises SB 743 Guidance, Putting Thresholds in "Advisory" Category

A new set of recommendations for implementing SB 743 ï¿½ which would require traffic analysis to be based on vehicle miles traveled -- proposes moving many proposed significance thresholds from the legally binding CEQA guidelines to a technical advisory memo. These recommendations also call for stricter thresholds on the so-called "regional averages" and provide simpler methodologies for dealing with safety issues. The thresholds of significance are important because they often trigger an environmental impact  report.

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Hyperloop and Hyperbole

On December 21, the Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, deployed a suite of communications satellites, and, in impressive fashion, came back down to Earth. Using its engines to dull the force of gravity, it survived re-entry and hit its football-field sized landing pad like a Tesla backing into a garage.

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No Triable Issue of Fact in AirBNB-Related Eviction Case

A Venice tenant who was renting her attic or loft out through AirBNB does not have a "triable issue of fact" on an eviction case brought against her by her landlord, the appellate division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court has ruled.

The case highlights one of a myriad of legal issues created by the such online services as AirBNB, which facilitates occupants of regular housing to rent out their bedrooms as if they were hotels, often in violation of zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules.

The case involved Joella Kraft, who lived in a rent-controlled unit in the Venice neighborhood in Los Angeles pursuant to a written agreement with the property's then-landlord dating back to 1997, which also permitted her two then-young sons to live there on a part-time basis.

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Sponsored Announcement: International Change Makers of the Built Environment Come Together in L.A. for FutureBuild

ULI Los Angeles, in partnership with VerdeXchange, announces FutureBuild 2016. This assembly of the land-use thinkers and innovators in business and government, local and worldwide, will be Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Downtown Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

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Using Tuolumne Tactic, Moreno Valley Approves Development of 40 Million Square Feet

For years, National Football League teams have been trying to find places to play in the Los Angeles area. Soon enough, 700 of them could move to Moreno Valley, with room to spare.  

In what may be the largest single commercial development in the history of California - or possibly the universe - the World Logistics Center will, as currently envisioned, cover 40 million square feet, most of which will be dedicated to storage, transshipment, and other functions related to the logistics industry. It will be more than twice as large as New York City's much-heralded Hudson Yards project.

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CDFA Erred in EIR Alternatives Analysis on Pest Control Action, Court Rules

The California Department of Food & Agriculture erred in preparing an environmental impact report for a program intended to eradicate with an invasive pest without examining the long-term consequences of an alternative program to control the pest rather than eradicate it, the Third District Court of Appeal has ruled.

As it happens, CDFA actually switched the program at the last minute from eradication to control, but the Third District said the defeat in the EIR would have been a legal problem under any circumstances. Relying on Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (2013) 57 Cal.4th 439, the Third District said CDFA's action was "prejudicial," requiring the appellate court to reverse two trial court rulings related to the case.

The case involves CDFA's efforts to eradicate the light brown apple moth, or LBAM, an invasive "leaf-roller" moth that was first seen in California in 2007. Because LBAM represented a threat to all California ornamental plants as well as fruits and vegetables, and its invasion of California was moving fast, the legislature quickly authorized CDFA to undertake a temporary LBAM program with the goal of eradicating the pest.

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Can Bertoni Help Garcetti Run L.A. City Hall's Planning Gauntlet?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday that he has selected Vince Bertoni as the city's new planning director, replacing Michael Lo Grande. Bertoni is currently planning director of Pasadena and a former deputy director in Los Angeles. Bertoni must be confirmed by the L.A. City Council.

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Court Says Anaheim Played Bait-and-Switch on Hotel Developer

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has blocked the City of Anaheim's attempt to build a surface parking lot on a property adjacent to two new hotels rather than a parking structure, as was implied in a conditional use permit the city approved in 1999.

Technically, the appellate court affirmed a trial judge's ruling that the city was estopped (a legal term essentially meaning prohibited) from enacting a subsequent conditional use permit � applying to the city's own property, not the hotel developer's property � that called for a surface lot rather than a parking garage and deviating from the city's own Resort Development Standards, which the hotel developer's own project had to meet.

The case involves a complicated arrangement in which Intercontinental Hotel Group had agreed to a smaller, redesigned project because of the city's plans to build an overpass over I-15 along Gene Autry Way that better connects Disneyland with Anaheim Stadium and other destinations east of the freeway. The overpass, which opened in 2012, takes up part of the hotel developer's property and also part of an adjacent property.

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Insight: How Will California's Cities Use Two New Redevelopment Options?

Ever since Gov. Jerry Brown killed redevelopment in 2011, the conventional wisdom has been that eventually he would give it a second life - but only after he was sure the old system was completely dead, in a way that protects the state general fund, and probably after he himself won re-election to a final term.

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Will CBIA v BAAQMD Make Infill Projects Easier To Build in California?

Last week's unanimous, finely worded ruling by the California Supreme Court has spared builders their worst-case scenario in the long-awaited "CEQA in Reverse" case. It does not interpret the California Environmental Quality Act to require an environmental impact report whenever a project might attract more people within range of an existing hazard such as air pollution or earthquake risk.

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Legal Briefs: Cal Supremes Take Another Newhall Case

Another Newhall Ranch case goes to the Supreme Court. The winning environmentalists seek a rehearing in the big Newhall lvictorh -- mostly to clarify the nature of their win. And, on another front, an appellate court reheard a groundwater extraction fee case and didn't budget.

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SGC Ramps Up To Adopt New Program Guidelines on December 17

After doling out $120 million in essentially free money in 2015, the program staff behind the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grants discovered almost as many opinions as there were dollars in the program. Public and private stakeholders alike expressed concerns about both the fairness and efficacy of the selection process. Large urban areas lobbied for population-based preferences, rural areas lamented their lack of qualifying transit, and fierce discussions took place over jurisdictional caps and underserved communities.

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First District Orders Cal State East Bay to Reconsider Offsite Traffic Mitigation

In light of a similar ruling by the California Supreme Court in a case from San Diego, the First District Court of Appeal has ordered Cal State East Bay to revisit the question of offsite traffic mitigation in the environmental impact report for its long-range master plan. As the Supreme Court did in San Diego, the court ruled that Cal State cannot simply declare mitigations infeasible unless the state legislature appropriates funds specifically for that purpose.

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CEQA Catch-22 From Ukiah

You can't fix a bad EIR with an addendum, even when the addendum was supposed to fix the EIR.

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Crematorium Woes

Oakland can't retroactively apply CUP in crematorium case.

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County Can't Recapture Money Loaned to Redevelopment Agency, Court Rules

San Bernardino County is not entitled to the return of $9 million in loan principal to the former county redevelopment agency, even though the funds were not tax-increment revenues and had come from the county's general fund, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled Monday.

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Supreme Court Gives Enviros Big Victory on Newhall Ranch

California's Supreme Court broke the Newhall Land & Farming Company's long winning streak November 30 in a victory for environmental and community groups over the Newhall Ranch megadevelopment. 

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MTC May Force Hostile Takeover Onto ABAG

If there's anything more confusing than one regional government bureaucracy, it's two regional government bureaucracies.  

This is an axiom that cities in the Bay Area have gotten to know all too well over the past 45 years living under the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Calls to merge the two or eliminate one have resounded roughly as long as both have been around. At last, thanks in part to the regional planning mandate set forth by Senate Bill 375, the MTC may finally succeed in a hostile takeover of the much smaller ABAG.

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The Tech Housing Crunch's Fracking Dilemma

A couple of weeks ago I heard a spiel by one of the founders of a new startup called Feastly, which is trying to pair up chefs with diners. Chefs wake up in the morning, go into their kitchen, prepare whatever they want, put out a call on the Internet - and if it's something you want to eat, you go to their house and dine. Feastly, in other words, turns every dining room into a restaurant.

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Court Upholds CEQA Exemption For Rodeo In Light Of Berkeley Hillside Case

Reconsidering the case in light of the California Supreme Court's recent Berkeley Hillside ruling, the Third District Court of Appeal has reaffirmed last year's ruling concluding that a rodeo at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds does not qualify as an "unusual circumstance" that can override an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act.

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JPA Can Be Used To End-Run Vote Requirement, Fourth District Rules

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has rejected arguments from San Diegans for Open Government that the City of San Diego improperly created a joint powers authority in order to avoid a two-thirds vote requirement for issuing sale-leaseback Marks-Roos bonds.

San Diegans for Open Government - a plaintiff frequently used by watchdog lawyer Cory Briggs - sued the city, claiming that a joint-powers authority between the city, the San Diego Housing Authority, and the city's successor agency did not have the power to issue the bonds for several reasons. SDOG attempted to distinguish the situation from the facts of Rider v. City of San Diego (1998) 18 Cal.4th 1035, a California Supreme Court ruling which held, essentially, that the city could end-run the two-thirds requirement by creating a JPA.

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What Will AB 744 Do To Parking?

The High Cost of Free Parking, by UCLA professor emeritus Don Shoup's landmark call for parking reform, was published in 2005. On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, some of his strongest devotees can, at long last, celebrate a victory in the state where the "Shoupista" movement began. 

Assembly Bill 744 (Chau) - recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown -- ushers in a new era in parking regulations in California cities. Chipping away at rules that many consider arbitrary and anti-urban, it dictates that a city may not impose parking minimums greater than 0.5 spaces for housing developments comprising 100 percent affordable units within a half-mile radius of a major transit stop.

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What Next For The Subway To The Sea?

The Second District Court of Appeal has upheld the environmental impact report for the extension of Los Angeles's Purple Line, removing another hurdle for construction of the "Subway to the Sea" through Beverly Hills. Now we'll see whether the Beverly Hills city and school district will appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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Election Results: Turning Point on San Francisco Density?

Was Tuesday's election the turning point in the San Francisco density battles? 

There's been a lot of talk lately about how the city's longtime policy of controlling new development may be outdated now that it's the most expensive city in the country. And in the election, affordable housing, urban density, and short-term housing rentals all prevailed . In fact, more people voted on land use measures yesterday in the City and County of San Francisco than in the rest of the state's jurisdictions combined -- four time as many, in fact. Roughly 130,000 San Francisco voters weighed in on a ballot packed with six land use measures.

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Separation of Property by Condemnation Does Not Equal Subdivision, Court Says

The division of one parcel into four noncontiguous pieces via eminent domain does not automatically create four legal parcels and permit the landowner to avoid the Subdivision Map Act, the First District Court of Appeal has ruled. 

"We hold that a 'division' of property within the meaning of the [Subdivision Map] Act does not occur simply because an eminent domain proceeding results in a physical separation of a property's non-condemned portions," wrote Presiding Justice Jim Humes, a former top aide to Jerry Brown for a three-judge panel of the First District. "The owner of such a property is therefore not entitled to a certificate of compliance for each of the resulting separate parts."

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Governor's Housing Proposal Faces Stiff Opposition

For all the appeal that “streamlining” would seem to offer, Gov. Jerry Brown's housing proposal has drawn stiff criticism – including some from traditional proponents of affordable housing.

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First District Reverses Earlier Decision in Berkeley Hillside Case

Reversing itself on remand, the First District Court of Appeal has ruled in the Berkeley Hillside case that the proposed home of computer pioneer Mitch Kapor and his wife does not, in and of itself, represent an "unusual circumstances" under the CEQA Guidelines and therefore the  City of Berkeley acted properly in applying a CEQA exemption to the project. 

In so doing, the court did not need to move on to the second half of the analysis laid out earlier this year by the California Supreme Court in the appeal of the Berkeley Hillside case, Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley (2015) 60 Cal.4th 1086, which was decided in May.

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In Roundup of Local Land Use Measures, San Francisco Wins for Most Contentious City

A typically diverse array of land use measures appears on the November ballot in a handful of localities around the state. Most questions ask voters to endorse or oppose specific developments, from a golf course redevelopment in El Dorado County to a park in San Carlos. Only the City of Modesto has a sweeping, citywide question, billed as a referendum on urban sprawl. 

Then there is the City and County of San Francisco, arguably the most unique and hotly contested 49 square miles in the country. This November, it has a whole state's worth of propositions. They range from a proposed local moratorium on development to restrictions on Airbnb and the like to a major $310 million housing bond that Mayor Ed Lee has been promoting.

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CEQA Analysis Can Put Traffic From Vacant Store In Baseline

The City of Carlsbad acted correctly in including traffic from a vacant store in its environmental baseline for a shopping center renovation, the Fourth District Court of Appeals has ruled in an unpublished case.

Westfield, the shopping center operator, proposed demolishing and reconstructing the vacant Robinson-May store in Plaza Camino Real, a shopping center originally built in 1969. Westfield's changes actually resulted in a reduction in the overall square footage of the shopping center.

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Mobility Plan Nudges Los Angeles Towards New Transportation Modes

There's a scene in "X Men Origins: Wolverine" in which a government scientist infuses every bone in the title mutant's body with an inviolable metal called adamantium. The process is excruciating, but it leaves Wolverine with the distinct benefit of near-indestructibility. And claws.  

That's kind of like what the city of Los Angeles is doing to its transportation network. With the adoption of Mobility Plan 2035 , the world's first great automobile-oriented city could become the first city to de-orient itself from the automobile. The city will not merely cease adding lane-miles; it will, in fact, take space away from personal automobiles.

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The Emergence Of 2 Californias

California is often considered to be two different states – north and south. But when it comes to planning and urban development patterns, the state is more properly divided east and west, or possibly inland and coastal. The real estate boom of earlier this decade only exacerbated the differences between coastal cities and inland suburbs.

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Time To Tackle California's Housing Problem

The recent Brexit vote seemed a lot like the typical California NIMBY fight to me: Basically, a whole bunch of old white people who don’t like how society is evolving tried to shut the door, probably screwing their own children and grandchildren in the process.

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Insight: Does Supply Create Its Own Demand?

A couple of weeks ago, the satirical newspaper The Onion reported that the City of San Francisco was looking to relocate because its current location had become too expensive. Funny though this was, I expected the follow-up story to focus on the economic development incentive package being put together to keep San Francisco where it is.

 

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