The state Supreme Court will hear a case involving a county's ability to regulate a water district's construction of a water treatment plant. Earlier this year, the Sixth District Court of Appeal ruled that a Government Code exemption to local zoning for "facilities for the production, generation, storage or transmission of water" did not extend to a water treatment plant. The court held that if the Legislature wanted to exempt water treatment plants from local zoning, it could have specified them in the statute (see CP&DR Legal Digest, April 2002). The ruling came in a case in which a homeowners association sought to prevent the Soquel Creek Water District from building a water treatment plant in a residential subdivision. The ruling drew the attention of special districts, cities and counties around the state. All seven state Supreme Court justices voted to hear the case. A date for oral arguments has not been set yet. The case is Topsail Court Homeowners Association v. County of Santa Cruz, No. S104952.