Tag Archives: CEQA

Improper CEQA Determination Does Not Trigger Regulatory Taking

When a governmental agency improperly denies a permit application for a new development, and the proposed development is thereby delayed, does this result in a regulatory taking?  As we’ve seen in some prior cases, such improper governmental actions can trigger liability, but it is uncommon.  A recent Court of Appeal decision, Bottini v. City of San Diego (Sept. … Continue Reading

Condemn Now, CEQA-Compliance Later? OK. Maybe….

Acquiring property for public projects typically does not occur until after the project has received environmental approval. While this is the generally accepted rule – and it makes sense for a number of reasons – must a project receive environmental clearance before an agency may begin the property acquisition process? In a recent published decision, … Continue Reading

Dispute Brewing Between County of Santa Clara and City of Milpitas Regarding Redevelopment Expansion

The City of Milpitas plans to expand its redevelopment area to encompass more than 600 additional acres.  The County of Santa Clara, however, claims that the proposed expansion area has very little "blight."  Because of the potential for diversion of tax dollars and the significant financial impact the expansion may cause, this apparently has led to … Continue Reading
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