In Make UC A Good Neighbor v. Regents of University of California (2023) 88 Cal.App.5th 656, the First Appellate District grappled with a university EIR that served two purposes: a long range development plan (“LRDP”) and a specific campus housing project. The LRDP serves as a master plan document for higher education facilities in
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2022 CEQA 4th QUARTER CUMULATIVE REVIEW
Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2022 4th Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog.
Over 40-years old, CEQA requires lead agencies to prepare environmental documents prior to granting discretionary approvals. CEQA documents are subject to numerous court decisions applying case law and the CEQA Guidelines. (Pub. Res.
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CITY CORRECTLY APPPLIES SEVEN-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS WHEN APPROVING A RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
Lafayette v. City of Lafayette (2022) 2022 Cal.App.LEXIS 979
A citizens’ group (Save Lafayette) petitioned for a Writ of Mandate, claiming that the project conflicts with the City’s General Plan as it existed when the project was revived in 2018. The trial court denied the petition and the appellate court ruled that despite the lengthy…
LEGISLATURE AUTHORIZES HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN COMMERCIAL ZONES BY RIGHT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS AND AS AN ALLOWABLE USE FOR MARKET-RATE HOUSING
The Governor recently signed AB 2011 and SB 6 which authorizes specified housing development projects to be a use by right on specified sites zoned for retail, office, or parking. Both bills take effect on July 1, 2023. In a nutshell the two bills – AB 2011, known as the “Affordable Housing and High Road…
FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL HOLDS HOUSING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HAA) DOES NOT APPLY TO APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) (Government Code § 65589.5) was enacted 40 years ago as part of a broad legislative efforts to address California’s housing crises. HAA was designed to significantly increase the approval and construction of new housing for all economic segments of California’s communities by meaningfully and effectively curbing the capability of local…
Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. Welcomes Senior Associate Patrick L. Enright To The Firm!
Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrick L. Enright has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Patrick Enright has 25 years of experience in land use, environmental and real estate law. Mr. Enright served as City Attorney for the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Atascadero and has represented private developers in…
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2022 CEQA 2nd QUARTER REVIEW
Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2022 2nd Quarter cumulative CEQA update. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.
1. 2021 CEQA UPDATE
To read the 2021 cumulative CEQA review, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2022/01/articles/ceqa/2021-ceqa-4th-quarter-review/
2. CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT
There are no CEQA…