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Defend the Bay v. Irvine, City of

ELR Citation: 34 ELR 20040
Nos. No. G032062, (Cal. Ct. App., 06/29/2004)

A California appellate court denied an environmental group's petition to compel a city to rescind its approval of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the development of a former military base despite the group's claims of insufficient evidence to support conclusions regarding impacts in housing, agricultural resources, and biological resources. The EIR sufficiently concluded that the cumulative impacts of the project, which will create jobs and bring people into the area, will have a substantial but not adverse impact on housing growth. The project is also consistent with the city's general plan, which calls for an improved jobs-housing relationship. In addition, the EIR's conclusion that it is not feasible to mitigate the impact of developing 3,100 acres of agricultural land was supported by the evidence. Last, the EIR reasonably concluded that, with certain proposed mitigation measures, the project's impact on three endangered species will be insignificant.