Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger is pleased to announce the addition of a new urban planner, Kristi Bascom. “Kristi is a fantastic addition to our firm,” said Richard S. Taylor, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger’s managing partner. “She brings expertise in public agency planning, CEQA, and affordable housing. We are lucky to have her on the team.” […]
Systemic issues in land use planning have historically plagued small, low-income, unincorporated communities on the urban fringe. SB 244 took a first step to address the legal, financial, and political barriers affecting disadvantaged unincorporated communities in California. This article describes SB 244 requirements and looks at implementation progress.
Working closely with the State Coastal Conservancy and environmental consultants, the firm in 2020 helps secure the approval of the Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center and Restoration Project in Humboldt County. The new visitor’s center provides a state-of-the-art facility for visitors to learn about and explore the area’s magnificent old-growth redwood forests.
With the Firm’s help, Climate First: Replacing Oil and Gas (CFROG) successfully advocates in 2020 for Ventura County General Plan policies establishing some of the nation’s strongest health and safety buffer zones around new oil and gas development. The firm also supports CFROG in their fight for adequate environmental review of new oil wells and […]
The firm successfully challenges San Diego County’s 2019 approval of the Harmony Grove Village South Project, which would have brought sprawl development to a fire-prone, rural area of the County.
Thanks in large part to the firm’s advocacy on behalf of the Endangered Habitats League, in 2019 an applicant withdraws its plans to develop the Warner Ranch project just before it was slated for its hearing before the San Diego County Planning Commission. The project, widely recognized as yet another leapfrog development in San Diego’s […]
Working closely with the Earth Island Institute’s Kelly Creek Protection Project, in 2018 the firm negotiates an innovative purchase and sale agreement with a property owner that will limit development on an environmentally and historically sensitive parcel of land and extend Sonoma County’s Helen Putnam Regional Park.
The firm prevails in a landmark case before the California Supreme Court that upholds the people’s right of referendum and confirms the primacy of the city’s General Plan. (Orange Citizens for Parks & Recreation v. Superior Court, 2 Cal.5th 141 (2016).)
The firm advises the City of Saratoga in acquiring a former quarry to be redeveloped as a park subject to a conservation easement and in subsequent park planning and operations. The park opens in 2015 and in 2020 the City opens a trail providing access to Sanborn County Park and, from there, to open space […]
In 2008 the firm advises Sierra Watch and the Sierra Club in their successful efforts to stop urban development on open space and cross country ski trails on Donner Summit.