Calif. Court Limits Coastal Commission Reach Over City Regs

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court ruled Thursday the California Coastal Commission exceeded its authority in amending the city of Malibu's rules at a conservation agency's request, finding the commission only has authority to amend cities' coastal programs in narrow cases involving public works and energy projects.

The California Coastal Act allows "any person authorized to undertake a public works project or proposing an energy facility development" to ask local governments like Malibu's to amend their coastal programs and to appeal any denials to the Coastal Commission, according...
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