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CEQA Judge's Lament: "Something Is Very Wrong With This Picture"

Court sides with developer in 48-year-old case from Tiburon but judge goes off on CEQA. Meanwhile, Marin County negotiates with developer to purchase the property for open space.

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Biden Housing Plan Mirrors California Efforts

The focus on zoning reform in particular could complement California's recent housing production laws.

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What Exactly Went Down In Burbank Over SB 35

The City Councilmembers appointed themselves the final arbiter of whether a project met SB 35 requirements. Then they overruled their own staff. But in the end, it was really just about vagueness and inconsistency between the general plan and the zoning ordinance.

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Judge Upholds Constitutionality of SB 10

AIDS Heathcare Foundation and Redondo Beach get nowhere in their argument that city councils can't override local ballot measures.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Loses Another Hollywood Housing Case

AHF attempted to increase affordable housing in a neighboring project by invoking the repealed redevelopment law.

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Emeryville Emerges As Bay Area Pro-Housing Leader

Sandwiched between Berkeley and Oakland, city aims to exceed RHNA target by 50%.

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When An AirBNB Is A Residence, Not A Motel

Manhattan Beach tried to retrofit an old ordinance to cover short-term rentals without Coastal Commission approval. It didn't work.

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Cities, Counties Get Ready To Deal With Sea Level Rise

State guidance is forthcoming, but some jurisdictions are out ahead of the curve.

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Can Conserving Land Be An EIR Alternative?

An appellate court says yes -- if funding sources are available, even if it's unlikely that the landowner is willing to sell.

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AG Targets Cities, Counties Over Housing

Bonta's warning letters on violations of state housing law increased dramatically in March.

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Legal Briefs: Project Descriptions Don't Have To Be Specific After All

Plus: SB 743 strikes again in Pleasanton Costco case.

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Inland Counties Are Still Adding Population

Central Valley and Inland Empire population growth is still exceeding the national average. And births continue to exceed deaths in most parts of California -- even the coast. But the flow of coastal Californians out of state has become a tidal wave.

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The Swiss-Cheese CEQA Era

Having punched a big hole in CEQA to solve the Berkeley enrollment problem, will the Legislature be tempted to punch more holes in the future?

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State Auditor Targets RHNA Methodology

Auditor calls for clarification of methodology on vacancy rates and household formation -- the two factors that have been most controversial in pushing up the housing targets.

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2022 Legislation Doesn't Inspire As Much Passion

With the intense battles over housing production years in recent years now past, the Legislature appears ready to take a more low-key approach to bills this year.

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Judge Shuts Down Fanita Ranch Project

EIR didn't give enough detail on wildfire evacuation in latest chapter of 40-year development saga.

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Update: Legislation Would Exempt UC Enrollment Increases From CEQA

Bills would give UC Berkeley breathing space from the recent court ruling limiting admissions. But it would also change the nature of analysis on campus Long-Range Development Plans. And it's unlikely to slop over into General Plans.

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