Stanislaus Audubon Society, Inc. v. County of Stanislaus

(1995) 33 Cal.App.4th 144

The Court of Appeal held that substantial evidence in the record before the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors supported a “fair argument” that a proposed golf course/resort in a rural area might cause significant environmental effects, and thus ordered the preparation of an EIR. The evidence in question indicated that the approval of the project might be “growth-inducing” and, in particular, might lead to the ultimate development of homes near the golf course. The court rejected the County’s argument that it could deal with future growth issues later, at the time when actual residential development proposals were filed with the County. [RMM Counsel of record: James G. Moose]