Opponents of the proposed renovation of the Beach Chalet athletic fields in Golden Gate Park sued The City on Thursday, alleging that environmental planning for the project failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. Read More
A late-blooming, business-backed drive to significantly alter the 42-year-old California Environmental Quality Act died late last week when it crashed into a wall of opposition from influential environmental groups.
That wasn’t the official reason, of course. Rather, legislative leaders insisted that putting off CEQA modification was a good government decision not to rush something so significant. Read More
For years, even decades, business groups have complained that the California Environmental Quality Act’s complex provisions were being misused to block worthwhile projects, often for reasons that had nothing to do with the environment. Read More
New homes would become more expensive in San Francisco under a proposal to slap a new fee on construction that would raise $170 million over 20 years for transportation projects.Developers in The City already pay a fee that goes toward offsetting traffic congestion. A proposal would expand that fee to residential construction, under which developers would pay $5.53 per square foot for new work. Read More