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Vineyard Area Citizens for Responsible Growth v. Rancho Cordova, City of

ELR Citation: 37 ELR 20177
Nos. No. C044653, (Cal. App. 3d Dist., 07/13/2007) rev'd on remand

A California appellate court reversed and remanded a trial court's denial of a petition challenging a city's approval of a long-range community plan. The court previously held that petitioners' California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), zoning, and public trust claims lacked merit, but on appeal the California Supreme Court concluded that some of the CEQA arguments had merit. Consistent with that directive, the court remanded the case with directions to the trial court to grant the petition for a writ of mandate to compel further environmental review under CEQA in accordance with the California Supreme Court's opinion. The environmental impact report must address long-term water supply concerns and the effect of the project on the Cosumnes River. The environmental review may also require reconsideration of proposed mitigation measures.

[Prior decisions in this litigation can be found at 35 ELR 20059 and 37 ELR 20031.]