December 2010

California Air Resources Board is Expected to Adopt the California Cap and Trade Program at today’s hearing.

According to the Air Resources Board, the Program:

  • Limits emissions from sources responsible for 85 percent of California’s Green House Gas emissions;
  • Establishes the price signal needed to drive long-term investment in cleaner fuels and more efficient use of energy; and
  • Affords covered entities flexibility to seek out and implement the lowest-cost options to reduce emissions.

For more details see the Initial Statement of Reason at

By Leslie Z. Walker

In Juana Briones House v. City of Palo Alto (October 27, 2010, H033275) ___ Cal.App.___the Sixth District Court of Appeal found the provision of the Palo Alto municipal code requiring a 60 day delay prior to the issuance of a demolition permit did not render the act discretionary. The City properly treated the demolition permit as ministerial and exempt from environmental review under CEQA.

Continue Reading Authority to Delay a Project Does Not Make the Project Discretionary

By Katherine J. Hart

For those of us who assist jurisdictions with their land use planning, general plan updates often raise enormous policy issues which undoubtedly turn to legal issues – some of which have never been addressed by the courts. The controversy surrounding the conversion of agricultural land – especially in rural counties – has been brewing for some time now. And, as most know, there have been no cases addressing whether Section 815.3(b) of the Civil Code applies to agricultural conservation easements mandated by a city or county’s general plan policies . . . until now.

Continue Reading Appellate Court Upholds 1:1 Agricultural Lands Mitigation

By William W. Abbott

The Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, in a very fact-rich decision, addressed three common areas of California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) litigation: water supply analysis/assessment; agricultural lands mitigation; and statements of overriding considerations. In Cherry Valley Pass Acres and Neighbors v. City of Beaumont  (Nov. 22, 2010, No. E049651) ____ Cal.App.4th ____, the facts involve a proposed specific plan considered by the City of Beaumont. Project opponents filed a CEQA challenge, and the trial court ruled for the City and the applicant. The core of the specific plan included property (“Sunny-Cal”) which had been an active egg production facility from the 1960’s to 2005. After that date, the declining economics of the egg industry resulted in the egg farm closing and the intensity of the agricultural operations declined. The Beaumont environs is a rapidly urbanizing area, and has been for a number of years, the result of which is that historic agricultural activities continue to be subject to constant pressure.

Continue Reading Alternative Baseline Considered a Good Egg

Abbott & Kindermann’s Annual Land Use, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Update

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in 2011.

In January and February 2011 Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will present its annual complimentary educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, real estate acquisition, easements, leasing and property acquisition, and mining.  In addition, the following hot topics for 2011 will be discussed:

  • Global Warming: CEQA Guidelines, Mandatory Reporting, AB 32 
  • Water Supply Assessments
  • CEQA Litigation: Exemptions, Setting the Baseline, Alternative Analysis & Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Subdivision Map Extensions
  • Interpreting Development Agreements
  • Agricultural Land Mitigation
  • New General Permit Under Clean Water Act

Abbott & Kindermann, LLP will be presenting its annual program at three California locations, Sacramento, Modesto and Redding. Details for the seminars are below. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Modesto Conference

  • Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
  • 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.

Redding Conference 

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
  • 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.

Sacramento Conference

  • Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
  • 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

There is no charge for the programs and MCLE and AICP CM credits are available. 

An RSVP will be required as space is limited. To reserve a spot, call our office at (916) 456-9595. When calling, please specify which conference you will be attending.