The firm assists Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation in defeating a proposal in 2001 to amend Placer County’s zoning regulations to allow ski lifts and ski runs as “permitted uses” in the County’s Timberland Production Zones.
The firm assists the Water Forum in its adoption in 2000 of a landmark agreement among multiple stakeholders that sets the allocation of water from the American River Watershed.
The firm wins a CEQA case challenging San Diego County’s rezoning of 200,000 acres of farmland in the County’s backcountry. The court states: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” (Save Our Forest and Ranchlands v. San Diego County (2000).)
The firm prevails in litigation to preserve Barham Ranch, a wilderness area of 526 acres in northeastern Orange County. The Ranch is now a regional park. (Orange Park Association v. Serrano Water District (2000).)
The firm represents the County of San Bernardino and Committee to Bridge the Gap, an anti-nuclear organization, in challenging the development of a dump for radioactive waste in Ward Valley in the Eastern Mojave Desert. The Ward Valley project was never built.
In 1998 the firm advises the Asian Art Museum Foundation regarding local, state, and federal historic preservation laws during its renovation of the Old Main Library and relocation of the Piazzoni murals to the De Young Museum.
Settlement Protects Thousands of Acres of Viticulture and Open Space, Leading to Plan that Ensures City Centered Growth
The firm helps the City of Livermore negotiate a complex settlement agreement that results in 1998 in the award-winning South Livermore Valley Specific Plan. The Plan allows focused development, curbs urban sprawl, and protects over 5,000 acres of viticulture and open space.
The firm prevails in a federal court challenge to the Hatton Canyon Freeway, a proposed freeway that would have devastated a large Monterey Pine forest just east of Carmel. The federal and state transportation agencies drop the project, and the land becomes a regional park. (City of Carmel-by-the-Sea v. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 123 F.3d […]