Calif. High Court Hears CEQA Row Over Coastal Project

Law360, San Francisco (January 4, 2017, 9:15 PM EST) -- A conservancy group asked the California Supreme Court Wednesday to reverse a lower court’s finding that Newport Beach properly approved the building of housing and shops on undeveloped coastland known as the Banning Ranch, arguing the city violated the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to identify sensitive wildlife habitats on the site in its environmental impact report.

The Banning Ranch Conservancy’s original Superior Court suit argued the City Council erred in approving the project, both because of the alleged CEQA violation and the city's failure to follow its own general plan’s requirement that it work with the California Coastal Commission....

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