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As a recent San Diego ruling reveals, cities have no choice but to defend their decisions to abide by statutes like the Density Bonus Law. At the same time, they are trying to "thread a needle" to challenge those laws in court.
Enviros' argument that sea-level rise should be considered in EIR also rejected by appellate court.
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The Bankers Hill group tried to shoot down a 20-story apartment building by, essentially, ignoring recent changes in state housing law. They failed.
Proponents Must Submit 1 Million Signatures By May
In Santa Cruz, nobody quite knows whether a planned development is supposed to follow slope regulations or is supposed to evade them.
Without providing specifics, the governor's budget says he will redouble efforts to increase housing production. Some new programs are funded as well.
Despite concern about "transition" and "architectural fit," appellate court reverse judge's ruling that Trackside violates city policies. The court noted that there weren't really any objective standards to measure the project against.
A judge found the EIR for a huge wine resort inadequate -- because it didn't analyze the impact of additional people on current residents' ability to evacuate during a wildfire.
Some cities are welcoming the units, but others appear to be adopting regulations designed to put up barriers.
What is it about duplexes that make them such a popular topic? And why did only one CEQA case make the top five legal stories of the year?
The famously low-rise city had to approve a six-story apartment building to get out from under an unfavorable 20-year-old land lease.
New Census figures show a sharp increase in multifamily projects approved in 2021. Are SB 35 and other new state laws behind the jump?
The recent rejection of 469 Stevenson reveals rifts -- both philosophical and political -- in a city that no longer seems to trust the private market.
The connection to UCSD is a great thing. But San Diego's geography -- and other factors -- may limit its ability to transform.
The former Seattle and Boulder planning director returns to California after a 20-year absence to run Gov. Gavin Newsom's Office of Planning & Research. What's his take on California's planning issues? What did he learn in California that he took elsewhere -- and what has he learned elsewhere that he can bring home to California?
A CEQA case from Yolo County forces an EIR, while an unpublished case from San Benito County says a developer owes fees.
Tustin residents are trying to kill a 16-pump Costco gas station by challenging the CEQA infill exemption the city used. So far they've gotten nowhere.
Planning Director: City of Mt. Shasta
Community Development Director: City of Oxnard
Planning Director: Town of Woodside
Community Development Director: City of Hermosa Beach
Community & Economic Development Director: City of San Bruno
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