St. Vincent’s School for Boys, Catholic Charities CYO v. City of San Rafael

(2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 989

The Court of Appeal upheld San Rafael’s general plan against a challenge from a landowner. St. Vincent’s School for Boys’ property is located outside the city limits, but within the city’s previous sphere of influence. In updating its general plan, the city determined to remove the property from the city’s planning area and to seek its removal from the sphere of influence. St. Vincent’s challenged the city’s general plan, its housing element, and the EIR for the general plan. The court rejected each of St. Vincent’s claims. The court also awarded the city significant costs associated with certification of the record despite the fact that St. Vincent’s had elected to prepare the record. [RMM Counsel of record: Tiffany K. Wright]