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The California Land Use & Development Law Report
Legal Commentary on Planning and Development

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Pursuit of State Administrative Remedies Not Necessary to Obtain Final Decision for Federal Takings Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court held that property owners do not have to comply with state administrative processes to obtain a final decision before bringing a takings claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 when the government’s position is clear. Pakdel v. City and County of San Francisco, 594 U.S. __ (June 28, 2021). Petitioners were partial... Continue Reading…

Developer Established a Prima Facie Case That Project Opponents Lacked Probable Cause and Acted with Malice in Pursuing CEQA Litigation

A developer established a probability of prevailing on its claims for malicious prosecution where the evidence showed that the neighboring owner lacked probable cause for pursuing CEQA litigation and acted with malice. Dunning v. Johnson, 64 Cal. App. 5th 156 (2021). Clews Horse Ranch sued to challenge a decision by the City of San Diego... Continue Reading…

Sovereign Immunity Barred Quiet Title Suit Against Indian Tribe

The First Appellate District held that tribal sovereign immunity bars a quiet title action to establish a public easement for coastal access on property owned by an Indian tribe. Self v. Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community, 60 Cal. App. 5th 209 (2021). The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria is a federally recognized Indian... Continue Reading…

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Public Notice Need Not State That Permit Will Be Deemed Approved in Order for Permit Streamlining Act to Apply
Ninth Circuit Invalidates Rule Requiring Notice to States Prior to Filing a Listing Petition Under the Endangered Species Act
Evidence About Existing Wildfire Hazards Near a Project Does Not Require an EIR
Charter Amendment Regarding Lease Revenue Bonds Did Not Require Voter Approval
Neighbor’s Continued Use of Landowner’s Property for Access and Parking Following Division of Lots at Trustee Sale Established Prescriptive Easement
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