Two bills have passed the California Legislature that will expedite judicial review of particular development projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Rather than challenging project approvals in the trial courts, the bills grant the state Courts of Appeal original jurisdiction.
SB 292: applies to a new NFL football stadium and convention center in Los Angeles.
AB 900: applies to 1) wind or solar energy generation project; 2) a “clean energy” manufacturing project; or 3) a residential, retail, commercial, sports, cultural, entertainment, or recreational use project that is LEED silver or better that achieves at least ten percent greater transportation efficiency than comparable projects, and is located on an infill site.
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On a related note, Governor just signed AB 900, check out the Perkins Coie update.