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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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