Friant Ranch Specific Plan (Fresno County)
Since 2011, Jim Moose and Tiffany Wright have represented Friant Ranch LP, proponents of the Friant Ranch Specific Plan, in three CEQA lawsuits over the EIR for that project. After vigorously defending the cases in the trial court, Mr. Moose and Ms. Wright helped their client settle two of the three cases. The third is currently pending before the California Supreme Court, and will require the court to address the following issues: (i) the appropriate judicial standard of review for challenges to the adequacy of EIR analyses; (ii) the extent, if any, to which an EIR must “correlate” air quality impacts with potential related health impacts; and (iii) the standards of adequacy for mitigation measures. The case could be heard and a decision issued sometime 2018.