Calif. High Court's CEQA Ruling Won't End Project Disputes

Law360, Los Angeles (March 2, 2015, 8:44 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Berkeley developer's proposed new home construction doesn't require an environmental impact report under the California Environmental Quality Act, providing clarity on the broad environmental law but leaving room for project opponents to potentially find ways around single-family home and other exemptions, lawyers say.

The California high court said Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, who plan to build a nearly 10,000-square-foot home and garage on a hilly lot zoned for residential construction in Berkeley, California, can proceed without doing the impact report — standard for larger projects but uncommon for single-family homes, which...

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