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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Martin v. San Francisco, City & County of

A court holds that a municipality may not lawfully require the owner of a private single-family residence who proposes to modify a portion of the interior of his residence, in an area not visible to the general public, to undergo a...

Western Placer Citizens for an Agricultural & Rural Env't v. Placer, County of

A California appellate court upheld a county's environmental impact report (EIR) for a proposed sand, gravel, and granite mine located on ranchland near a stream. An environmental group argued that the county violated the California...

Citizens for Open Gov't v. Lodi, City of

A California appellate court reversed a lower court decision dismissing a citizen group's petition for writ of mandate challenging a city's approval of a shopping center. The group claimed that the city's certification of the final...

Los Angeles, County of v. California State Water Resources Bd.

A court held that a regional water board violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it issued a national pollution discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit concerning municipal stormwater and urban runoff...

California Farm Bureau Fed'n v. California Wildlife Conservation Bd.

A court upheld a lower court decision ordering the state wildlife conservation board to set aside its approval of a project involving the conversion of agricultural land into wildlife habitat as categorically exempt from the California...

Environmental Council of Sacramento v. Sacramento, City of

A California appellate court upholds a city's and county's certification of a 2003 habitat conservation plan and implementation agreement for threatened hawks and snakes in the Natamos Basin, as well as the state wildlife department's...

Joy Rd. Area Forest & Watershed Ass'n v. California Dep't of Forestry & Fire Protection

A California appellate court affirms, with modifications, a lower court's reversal of the state forestry agency's timber harvest plan for a 13-acre parcel of land in Sonoma County. Contrary to the lower court's findings, there is...

Preservation Action Council v. San Jose, City of

An appellate court orders a city to rescind its decision certifying an environmental impact report (EIR) for a redevelopment project that would convert an unused historic building into a retail hardware and garden supply center. Under...

Marina, City of v. Board of Trustees of the Cal. State Univ.

The court vacates and remands a lower court decision upholding a state university's approval of an environmental impact report prepared in connection with plans to expand its campus on a former army base. Although the university agrees...

Save Our Carmel River v. Monterey Peninsula Water Management Dist.

A court orders a city and a water district to reverse their approval of a water credit transfer. The water credit transfer in this case is a "project" within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The city and...