Lead Agencies not Bound by Appendix G in Setting CEQA Thresholds

Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara (2013) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ In Save Cuyama Valley v. County of Santa Barbara (2013) ___ Cal.App.4th ___, a California Court of Appeal has ruled that a lead agency need not use the CEQA Guidelines Appendix… Read More
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California Court Rejects Piecemealing Argument Where Different Projects Share Common Access Road

Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 1209 In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 1209, a California court rejected claims that a city “piecemealed” its CEQA review… Read More
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California Court Upholds CEQA Baseline Composed of Future Conditions for Long-Term Rail Project

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 1480 In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 1480, the Second Appellate District has joined the… Read More
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California Court Affirms Limited Scope of CEQA Review Where a Prior Negative Declaration Exists

Abatti v. Imperial Irrigation District In Abatti v. Imperial Irrigation District, the Fourth Appellate District has affirmed CEQA Guidelines Section 15162 and the longstanding Benton v. Board of Supervisors case, which collectively limit a lead agenc… Read More
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Governor's Office of Planning & Research Releases Updated Draft CEQA Guidelines for SB 226

On May 1, 2012, the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (“OPR”) released updated draft California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Guidelines to implement Senate Bill 226 (Simitian). Passed by the Legislature… Read More
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California Court Upholds CEQA Traffic Baseline Composed of Existing and Predicted Conditions

A California appellate court has extended the recent series of decisions providing guidance on the CEQA baseline. The court in Pfeiffer v. City of Sunnyvale City Council (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 1552 upheld an environmental impact report for a medical… Read More
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Court Clarifies that CEQA is a One-Way Street: EIRs Need Not Analyze Impact of Global Climate Change on Proposed Projects

The California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), at its essence, requires lead agencies to identify the potential significant impacts a proposed project may have on the environment. A California appellate court in Ballona Wetlands Land… Read More
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California Court Clarifies CEQA Review for Mining Operations on Federal Land

Nelson v. County of Kern California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has issued a new decision which clarifies the scope of the CEQA environmental review for mining operations on federal land. In Nelson v. County of Kern (DJDAR 17585, Nov. 19,… Read More
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Adequacy of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Considered for the First Time by a California Appellate Court

Communities for a Better Environment v. City of Richmond A new California appellate decision is the first to consider, and to reject, the adequacy of greenhouse gas mitigation measures under CEQA. The First Appellate District’s April 2010 rulin… Read More
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New California Supreme Court Decision Affects the Environmental Review for Modifications to Existing Operations

Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management District On March 15, 2010, the California Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Management Dis… Read More
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