California Supreme Court Rejects Save Our Neighborhood v. Lishman’s “New Project” Test for Subsequent Review under CEQA

Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo County Community College District (2016) __ Cal.4th ___, Case No. S214061 In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court emphatically rejected the notion that …

Second District Court of Appeal Upholds EIR for Westside Subway Extension

The court affirmed the trial court’s denial of the Beverly Hills Unified School District’s (“School District”) and City of Beverly Hills’ (“City”) petitions. The court found substantial evidence supported the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s …

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach

Update: On August 19, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted review of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 1341 (Sup. Ct. Case No. S227473). The …

Keep Our Mountains Quiet v. County of Santa Clara

Keep Our Mountains Quiet v. County of Santa Clara (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 714 The County of Santa Clara adopted a mitigated negative declaration (MND) and granted a use permit allowing Real Party in Interest, the …

Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island v. City and County of San Francisco

(2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 1036  The First District Court of Appeal upheld the EIR for a project designed to transform a former naval station into a vibrant mixed-use community. The project is a comprehensive plan to …

California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Woodland

(2014) 225 Cal.App.4th 173  The Third District Court of Appeal held that the City of Woodland’s EIR for a regional shopping center failed to comply with CEQA. The shopping center, known as “Gateway II,” was …

Citizens for a Green San Mateo v. San Mateo County Community College District

(2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1572 The First District Court of Appeal determined that a petitioner’s lawsuit involving the removal of trees on a college campus was time-barred under CEQA’s statute of limitations. The case, which was filed …

South County Citizens for Smart Growth v. County of Nevada

(2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 316 The Third District Court of Appeal held that Nevada County did not need to recirculate a draft EIR after a new “potentially feasible” alternative was proposed following circulation of the draft …

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority

(2013) 57 Cal.4th 439 A majority of the California Supreme Court held that a lead agency only has the discretion to completely omit analysis of the project impacts on existing conditions if it can justify …

North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Marin Municipal Water District

(2013) 216 Cal.App.4th 614 On May 21, 2013, the First District Court of Appeal upheld Marin Municipal Water District’s EIR for the Marin Desalination Plant, finding substantial evidence supported the District’s analyses of aesthetic impacts, seismology, …

Habitat and Watershed Caretakers v. City of Santa Cruz

(2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 1277 In 2006, the Regents of the University of California adopted a 2005 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) for UC Santa Cruz. The LRDP contemplated the development of the “north campus,” which …

Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment v. County of Placer

(2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 25 On February 28, 2013, the Third Appellate District upheld the trial court’s sustainment of a demurrer filed by Bohemia Properties and joined by Placer County, finding that a petitioner’s petition for writ of …

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach

(2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 1209 On December 12, 2012, the Fourth Appellate District upheld the City of Newport Beach’s EIR for the Sunset Ridge Park Project, finding that the city did not improperly “piecemeal” the project …

Tomlinson v. County of Alameda

(2012) 54 Cal.4th 281 The California Supreme Court held that the requirement for exhaustion of administrative remedies found in Public Resources Code section 21177, subdivision (a) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) applies to an agency’s …