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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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