Sacramentans for Fair Planning v. City of Sacramento (2019) 2019 Cal.App. LEXIS  646

The City of Sacramento, a charter city, approved a fifteen-story mixed use project in its Midtown area, significantly in excess of its adopted height and FAR standards. This approval was based upon a general plan policy which stated, “The City may allow

Boatworks, LLC v. City of Alameda (2019) 35 Cal. App. 5th 290.

In 2014, the City of Alameda adopted updated Development Impact Fees pursuant to the Mitigation Fee Act (“MFA”), including fees for park acquisition and improvement.  A property owner/developer (“Boatworks”) timely filed a facial challenge to the park fee and the trial court

California Charter Schools Association v. City of Huntington Park 2019 Cal.App. LEXIS 444.

Cities and counties frequently rely upon Government Code section 65858 to control land uses in the face of a regulatory or policy update.  An interim ordinance can be adopted following minimum notice and hearing procedures.  The initial ordinance is effective for

1305 Ingraham, LLC v. City of Los Angeles, (2019) 32 Cal.App. 5th 1253

On June 15, 2016, the City of Los Angeles (“the City”) issued a “Specific Plan Compliance Review Density Bonus & Affordable Housing Incentives” (the “Determination”) for a mixed-use affordable housing project. The Determination provided that it would become final unless an appeal

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2019.

In January and February 2019 Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. will present its 18th 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

Reserve your seat for one of four seminars taking place in early 2019.

In January and February 2019 Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. will present its 18th 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

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s 2018 Annual CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions are denoted by bold italic fonts.

A.  2017 CEQA Update

To read the 2017 cumulative CEQA review, click here:

B.  Cases Pending

There are

On December 28, 2018, the Natural Resources Agency adopted the final text to a comprehensive update to CEQA. Significant changes to the regulations include addressing global climate change and the affordable housing shortage. Significant improvements include proactive analysis of impacts for wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation impacts. Climate change benchmarks within the guidelines were

Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice v. City of Moreno Valley (Aug. 23, 2018, case no. D073451) ___ Cal.App.5th ___.

The right of initiative and referendum is embedded in the California Constitution as a result of the nationwide progressive political reform movement that began at the end of the 19th century. In fact, Hiram

September 19, 2018 – 11am to 1pm

Presenter: Daniel S. Cucchi, Esq., Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.

The pace of new court rulings affecting land use professionals can be difficult to keep up with. But each one could have a significant impact on a land use professional’s day-to-day activities. If you want to catch up on