Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“NIMBY group uses CEQA lawsuit to stop affordable housing project for seniors”

Februaty 6th, 2013 By CEQA Working Group Sacramento Senior Homes is located at the corner of Sacramento Street and Blake Street in Berkeley, CA. This 40-unit infill housing project serves very low income senior citizens, many of whom were homeless before moving into the new building. Low-income senior housing is desperately needed in Berkeley, and … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing / Mixed Use

“Held Up by Environmental Litigation, Playa Vista Finally Gets Its Own Downtown”

April 8, 2012 By Ryan Lue “After a hard-won legal battle, Los Angeles’ youngest coastal community can finally begin construction on its mixed-use downtown, report Roger Vincent and Martha Groves. Developers in Playa Vista, a young neighborhood just north of Los Angeles International Airport, spent the last eight years embroiled in a legal battle over … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“For CEQA, Project Commitment Is Still A Question Of Fact”

Posted on December 1, 2008 by Leslie Walker “On October 30, 2008, the California Supreme Court decided Save Tara v. City of West Hollywood (2008) 45 Cal.4th 116 (“Save Tara”) finding that CEQA was triggered by early agreements between a city and developer, even when the agreements were expressly conditioned upon later CEQA compliance. This case will act … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“CEQA lawsuit can’t block infill”

July 2nd, 2004 by  Katherine Conrad “Berkeley is known for many things, but fighting affordable, senior housing wouldn’t seem to be one of them.Yet that’s exactly what happened to the home-grown nonprofit group, Affordable Housing Associates, when they tried to build a 40-unit housing project on the site of an abandoned storefront on Sacramento Avenue. The housing … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing

“Pocket Protectors Protest Proposed Project; Prevail”

Posted on June 1, 2005 by Janell Bogue “Lately, infill projects have become a hot-topic development strategy, especially in established neighborhoods. In Pocket Protectors v. City of Sacramento (2004) 124 Cal.App.4th 903, the developer proposed an infill project on a long, narrow strip of vacant land subject to a PUD zoning designation. The PUD called for the … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Education / Housing / Mixed Use

“Firms turning to environmental law to combat rivals”

November 14, 2011 By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times “To halt a competing project near USC, Conquest Student Housing turned to a legal weapon that one of its co-owners allegedly compared to a crude bomb: cheap and destructive. Conquest owned 17 buildings that rented to USC students. When the developer Urban Partners proposed erecting a new … Continue reading

Case Studies & Examples / Housing / Mixed Use

“Woodland Hills homeowners file suit over Village at Westfield Topanga development”

April 16, 2012 By Dakota Smith “The Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization has filed a lawsuit over the Village at Westfield Topanga mall, angering the local chamber of commerce, which intends to drop the homeowners group from its membership. Resident Jeff Bornstein and the homeowners group filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and … Continue reading