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Malibu, City of v. California Coastal Comm'n

A California appellate court held that the California Coastal Commission exceeded its jurisdiction when it approved amendments to a city's certified local coastal program at the request of state agencies and over the objection of the...

DeCicco v. California Coastal Commission

A California appellate court held that the California Coastal Commission has appellate jurisdiction over a coastal development subdivision project. A county's approval of a "principal permitted use" development within a coastal zone...

Bollay v. California Office of Administrative Law

A California appellate court invalidated a state policy prohibiting development seaward of the most landward historical position of the mean high tide line. The policy is an invalid underground regulation because it was not promulgated...

United States v. California Department of Transportation

A district court, on motions for summary judgment, held that the California Department of Transportation is liable to the United States for damages caused to a lake and creek due to runoff from a state-run highway that cuts across...

Hines v. California Coastal Comm'n

A California appellate court denied a petition challenging a county board's approval of a coastal permit to construct a single-family home within the county's 100-foot riparian corridor setback. The board did not abuse its discretion in...

Watsonville Pilots Ass'n v. Watsonville, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court’s issuance of a writ of mandate directing the city of Watsonville to, among other things, set aside its certification of a final environmental impact report (EIR) and its...

Reddell v. California Coastal Comm'n

A California appellate court affirmed the California Coastal Commission's denial of an individual's application for a coastal development permit for a residential and commercial project. The project, approved by the city, was located in...

PR/JSM Rivara LLC v. Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles

A California appellate court upheld the dismissal of developers' petition to set aside design guidelines for a development project in North Hollywood. The design guidelines are not a zoning ordinance and, therefore, need not comply with...

Wollmer v. Berkeley, City of

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision denying residents' motion to overturn a city's approval of use permits and zoning variances for a mixed-use development project. The residents failed to establish that the...

Hoffman St., LLC v. West Hollywood, City of

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision denying developers' suit against a city challenging its extension of an ordinance restricting development in areas zoned for multifamily residential use. The extension was...

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