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The Land Use Week in Review: Starts and Stops and Starts April 5, 2019

SB 50 Advances Out of Committee Two weeks ago, we wrote about State Sen. Scott Wiener’s SB 50, a new version of last year’s SB 827 that aims to boost housing density near public transit.  It’s one of the more ambitious initiatives to address California’s housing crisis – and one of the most controversial.  This […]

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Third District Court of Appeal Finds that Lay Opinion on Aesthetics Can Support A CEQA “Fair Argument” March 27, 2019

On December 17, 2018, California’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment setting aside El Dorado County’s approval of a proposed Dollar General store in Georgetown with a mitigated negative declaration.  The Court held that while aesthetics are subjective, “lay opinions can provide substantial evidence to support a fair argument that a project may […]

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