Third District Court of Appeal: Requiring Developer to Pay in advance for Traffic Impacts Unconstitutional

In the recent California Third District Court of Appeal decision, Alliance for Responsible Planning v. Taylor, — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, Case No. 085712 (May 4, 2021), the Court determined that an initiative measure requiring new development projects to mitigate both the individual project’s traffic levels of service (“LOS”) impacts, and also the cumulative traffic LOS impacts […]

CARB Zero-Emission Bus Mandate

The transportation sector in California accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. To combat this, on December 14, 2018, California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) adopted a regulation that sets a statewide goal for public transit agencies to transition to fully zero-emission bus fleets by 2040. There are currently 150 zero-emission buses operating in California. Under […]

Trump’s EPA Targets Obama-Era Automobile Emission Standards

This month, the Trump administration moved forward with a plan to unravel aggressive federal emissions and fuel economy standards. The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a joint statement Thursday unveiling their plan to replace those standards with something much more lax. Automakers have argued since the passage of the more stringent standards […]

Electric Vehicles Fueled by State Funds

On May 30, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) approved wide-ranging proposals from the State’s large investor-owned utilities to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and rebate programs with a total budget of over $738 million. The order stems from the 2016 directive ordering investment owned utilities to propose projects that would advance the electrification of […]

Proposal to add density near transit stations in California fails at first hurdle

A state bill that would have brought denser housing to areas around transit stations, in an effort to alleviate California’s housing crisis, is dead after failing to receive enough votes before the state senate’s transportation and housing committee. Several lawmakers said they supported the bill’s goal of creating additional housing, in areas where the state […]

Riverside County Showdown: Environmental Groups vs. Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Groups Move for Summary Judgment in Suit Against Federal Highway Administration Environmental groups recently filed for summary judgment, alleging that the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) failed to consider community impacts or less harmful alternatives prior to approving a $1.7 billion highway project, the Mid County Parkway (“MCP”), in Riverside County. The Center for Biological […]

Environmental Groups Pile On Proposed Warriors Arena

Environmental groups voice opposition to proposed Warriors arena citing inadequate analysis of traffic, air quality, and noise impacts. On October 3, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity, Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, and Sunset Coalition (“Coalition”) submitted an amicus curiae brief in opposition to the arena, joining the petitioners/appellants in alleging […]

Feds Issue First-Ever Technical Guidance For Environmental Justice

Feds Issue First-Ever Technical Guidance For Environmental Justice On June 7th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a technical guidance document Tuesday covering how to incorporate environmental justice principles when evaluating development projects. (Press Release HERE.) According to the EPA, the Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Actions outlines approaches and methods to […]

Mitchell Chadwick Takes On City of West Sacramento

On behalf of Buckeye Terminals, Mitchell Chadwick sued the City of West Sacramento in Yolo County Superior Court for failing to conduct adequate traffic studies along South River Road before it dramatically altered traffic routes and circulation.  The City’s decision would increase traffic, close off existing truck-staging areas, and disallow safe rail deliveries to the area.  The City also […]

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