An appellate court has upheld a voters' decision on a City of Pleasanton referendum that effectively blocked an 89-unit subdivision.
In upholding the election, the unanimous three-judge panel of the First District, Division One, rejected the developer's argument that the election resulted in zoning that was inconsistent with the city's general plan and, therefore, should be overturned. Instead, the court ruled that the election only maintained the status quo and was a valid exercise of the re
Commuter rail has a perception problem. If everybody wants to live near to a train, nobody wants to live directly on the line. Trains are dangerous, noisy, kick up dust and push down the price of homes bordering the rails — or so we believe. Fear and misunderstanding of the impacts of commuter rail, in fact, have led to some very volatile politics among homeowners, and that, in turn, has led to some unfortunate planning decisions.
Determined to maintain its identity as a "nice valley town," the City of Reedley has adopted a specific plan that contains many of the precepts of traditional neighborhood design. The plan, adopted in January, covers Reedley's future growth areas — about 1,200 acres outside the city limits but inside the sphere of influence.
A state appellate court that ordered preparation of an environmental impact report on a Metropolitan Water Agency habitat conservation project has ruled that MWD cannot slice the project into smaller pieces and proceed without an EIR.