Winner of the 2015 Abbott & Kindermann Puzzler is Announced

The winner of the 2015 Puzzler is Steven Guiney of the Santa Cruz Planning Department. The puzzle and his answers, including the tie breakers are attached. Congratulations, the winner’s prize is on its way.

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Which Way To Turn? The United States Supreme Court Wrestles With Regulation Of Temporary Directional Signs For A Church

By William W. Abbott

Reed v. Town Of Gilbert

A sign from the top? On January 12, 2015, the United States Supreme Court wrestled with local regulation of directional signage and whether the Town of Gilbert, Arizona had unpermissibly regulated sign content. During oral argument the court aggressively questioned the town’s defense of its regulations. The transcript is available here, along with that of the lead parties. Stay tuned.

William W. Abbott is a partner at Abbott & Kindermann, LLP. For questions relating to this article or any other California land use, real estate, environmental and/or planning issues contact Abbott & Kindermann, LLP at (916) 456-9595.

The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice by Abbott & Kindermann, LLP, nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Because of the changing nature of this area of the law and the importance of individual facts, readers are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues.

 

2014 CEQA ANNUAL REVIEW

By William W. Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Katherine J. Hart, Glen Hansen and Brian Russell

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2014 Annual CEQA update, cumulative for the year. The 4th quarter decisions are highlighted in bold font. To read the prior year cumulative CEQA review, click here: 2013

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Register Today! Abbott & Kindermann's 14th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update - Sacramento January 23

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2015.

In January and February 2015 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 14th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2014 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2015:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Updating Land Use Entitlements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA: Exemptions, Baseline, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at four locations: Redding, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Redding Conference (To Register for the Redding Location Click Here)

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modesto Conference (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

  • Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference (To Register for the Sacramento Location Click Here)

  • Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Napa Conference (To Register for the Napa Location Click Here)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee for the program is $80.00. Please register early to reserve your seat. Select the links above to see registration details for each location, as they differ. MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

Please call (916) 456-9595 with any questions.

 

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Court Upholds Findings Of Convenience/Necessity For A Liquor Sales Permit.

By William W. Abbott

Adam Nick v. City of Lake Forest (December 23, 2014, G047115) ___ Cal.App.4th ___.

Due to over concentration of liquor licenses, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control referred an application for a determination of public convenience or necessity to the City of Lake Forest. A competitor then sought to overturn a city council’s findings in support of the license based upon four arguments: the city’s failure to act timely; improper determination by the planning commission; failure of the operator to provide a unique goods; and improper advocacy by the planning director.

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Register Today! Abbott & Kindermann's 14th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update - Modesto January 15

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2015.

In January and February 2015 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 14th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2014 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2015:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Updating Land Use Entitlements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA: Exemptions, Baseline, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at four locations: Redding, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Redding Conference (To Register for the Redding Location Click Here)

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modesto Conference (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

  • Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference (To Register for the Sacramento Location Click Here)

  • Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Napa Conference (To Register for the Napa Location Click Here)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee for the program is $80.00. Please register early to reserve your seat. Select the links above to see registration details for each location, as they differ. MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

Please call (916) 456-9595 with any questions.

REGISTER TODAY! Abbott & Kindermann's 14th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2015.

In January and February 2015 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 14th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2014 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2015:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Updating Land Use Entitlements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA: Exemptions, Baseline, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at four locations: Redding, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Redding Conference (To Register for the Redding Location Click Here)

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modesto Conference (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

  • Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference (To Register for the Sacramento Location Click Here)

  • Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Napa Conference (To Register for the Napa Location Click Here)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee for the program is $80.00. Please register early to reserve your seat. Select the links above to see registration details for each location, as they differ. MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

Please call (916) 456-9595 with any questions.

 

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County's Approval of 100 Year Mining Project and EIR Upheld by Fifth DCA

By Katherine J. Hart

Friends of the Kings River v. County of Fresno (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 105.

In the most recent CEQA case out of California’s Fifth Appellate District, the court of appeal upheld an EIR certified by the County of Fresno (County) as well as the County’s approvals of a use permit, site plan and reclamation plan for a large mining project.

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REGISTER TODAY! Abbott & Kindermann's 14th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2015.

In January and February 2015 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 14th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2014 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2015:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Updating Land Use Entitlements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA: Exemptions, Baseline, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at four locations: Redding, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Redding Conference (To Register for the Redding Location Click Here)

  • Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modesto Conference (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

  • Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference (To Register for the Sacramento Location Click Here)

  • Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast
  • Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Napa Conference (To Register for the Napa Location Click Here)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
  • Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue
  • Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee for the program is $80.00. Please register early to reserve your seat. Select the links above to see registration details for each location, as they differ. MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

Please call (916) 456-9595 with any questions.

 

REGISTER TODAY! Abbott & Kindermann's 14th Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2015.

In January and February 2015 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its 14th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the construction materials production industry.  

A summary of 2014 case law and legislative updates includes the following hot topics for 2015:

  • Air Quality and Climate Change: including CEQA Guidelines and Mandatory Reporting
  • Mining
  • Updating Land Use Entitlements
  • Endangered Species
  • Water Quality and Wetlands
  • Water Rights and Supply
  • Cultural Resources
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Enforcement
  • Hazardous Substance Control and Cleanup
  • Timber Resources
  • CEQA: Exemptions, Baseline, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change
  • CEQA Litigation
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Development

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual program at four locations: Redding, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Redding Conference (To Register for the Redding Location Click Here)

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Redding, 5050 Bechelli Lane

Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Modesto Conference (To Register for the Modesto Location Click Here)

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Location: Double Tree Hotel Modesto, 1150 Ninth Street

Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sacramento Conference (To Register for the Sacramento Location Click Here)

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015

Location: Sacramento Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street

Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with continental breakfast

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Napa Conference (To Register for the Napa Location Click Here)

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Location: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue

Registration: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee for the program is $80.00. Please register early to reserve your seat. Select the links above to see registration details for each location, as they differ. MCLE and AICP CM credits are available.

Please call (916) 456-9595 with any questions.

 

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