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“Plan Bay Area’s” drafters violated common sense and the law

Bay Area Citizens v. Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission


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Status: Petitioner's motion for judgment on writ of mandate was filed Mar. 10, 2014. The Superior Court issued an adverse ruling, denying the petition for writ of mandate on July 2, 2014. Briefing on appeal completed on Jan. 26, 2015. On June 30, 2016, The Court of Appeals ruled against PLF.
 
Summary:
PLF attorneys represent Bay Area Citizens, a nonprofit organization of concerned residents, in challenging Plan Bay Area, a regional transportation plan that would squeeze future residential and commercial development into crowded, high-density zones.

Plan Bay Area aims to achieve required greenhouse gas reductions for the region, through “stack and pack” development, mandating that most future housing and employment be crammed into about five percent of the region’s surface area.

The plan violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), because the drafting agencies failed to account for all the relevant environmental facts. They studiously ignored data that shows high-density development restrictions aren’t needed in order to meet the region’s targets for greenhouse gas reduction. Also in violation of CEQA, the agencies refused to consider credible alternatives to their draconian restrictions on development and people’s lifestyles.

 

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