2013 CEQA 3RD QUARTER REVIEW

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

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2013 CEQA update. It is cumulative for the year, with the newest cases issued in the 3rd quarter are shown in italics and bold type face.

To review our prior annual summaries, click here: 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.       IS IT A PROJECT?

A.    California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 1171.  (Page 1)

B.     Neighbors for Fair Planning v. City and County of San Francisco (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 540. (Page 1)

II.      EXEMPTIONS

A.    Michael May v. City of Milpitas (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 1307. (Page 3)

B.     Golden Gate Land Holding, LLC v. East Bay Regional Park District (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 353. (Page 3)

C.     Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court 210 Cal.App.4th 1006. (Page 6)

D.    Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 1301. (Page 6)

III.     NEGATIVE DECLARATIONS

A.    Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. County of Marin (2013) 218 Cal. App. 4th 209. (Page 8)

B.     Taxpayers for Accountable School Bond Spending v. San Diego Unified School District (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1013. (Page 9)

IV.     ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORTS

A.    San Diego Citizenry Group v. County of San Diego (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 1. (Page 9)

B.     Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (2013) 57 Cal.4th 439. (Page 12)

C.     Friends of Oroville v. City of Oroville (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 832. (Page 14)

D.    Masonite Corporation v. County of Mendocino (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 230. (Page15)

E.     Save Panoche Valley v. San Benito County (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 503. (Page 18)

F.      North Coast Rivers Alliance et al. v. Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 614. (Page 20)

G.    Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara(2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 1059. (Page 24)

V.     FUNCTIONALLY EQUIVALENT CEQA PROCEEDINGS

A.    POET, LLC v. State Air Resources Board (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th. 681. (Page 26)

VI.     LITIGATION

A.    Citizens for Ceres v. Superior Court (2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 889. (Page 27)

B.     San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center v. County of Merced (2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 1167. (Page 29)

C.     Comunidad En Accion v. L.A. City Council (2013) ___ Cal.App.4th ___. (Page 30)

D.    Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment v. County of Placer (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 25. (Page 31)

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