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    Mar 18

    AIR QUALITY THRESHOLD LITIGATION MAY PROCEED TO TRIAL

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    A lawsuit filed by the homebuilders (CBIA) challenging new air quality standards has sufficient merit to proceed to trial, an Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled. Many state, regional and local planners and affordable housing advocates argue the standards would discourage sustainable, infill development.  Click here to read the full story.

    Feb 4

    JUDGE RULES STATE DID NOT FOLLOW CEQA ON AB 32 SCOPING PLAN

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    A California judge has tentatively ruled that the California Air Resources Board did not adequately consider alternatives to creating a cap-and-trade plan when adopting the AB 32 Global Warming Solutions act of 2006, “Scoping Plan.”   If the ruling is finalized, it could potentially delay implementation of the cap-and-trade carbon market, as well as other major parts of the Global Warming policy.  Since carbon reduction measures are seemingly stalled at the federal level, all eyes are on California to see if the plan passes muster and is able to move forward.  Click here if you would like to read a news story about the issue. If you would like to read the judge’s full opinion reply to this email and request it.

    Sep 24

    AIR BOARD ADOPTS TOUGH REGIONAL EMMISIONS TARGETS

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    As part of implementing the nation’s first law that connects land use to greenhouse gas emissions (SB 375), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted regional targets strongly supported by environmental groups meant to reduce GHG emissions from vehicle miles traveled (VMT).  The business community expressed concern that the targets were too aggressive and asked the board to adopt more reasonable goals of 2% reduction by 2010 and 5% reduction by 2030, instead of the “stretch” goals recommended in the ARB staff report.

    Final action was unanimous and the following targets were set for the major metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) for the years 2020 and 2035:

    + Bay Area (MTC /ABAG) = -7% then -15%

    + Southern California (SCAG) = -8% then -13%

    + San Diego (SANDAG) = -7% then -13%

    + Sacramento (SACOG) = -7% then -16%

    + San Joaquin Valley = -5% then -10%

    We have written extensively about SB 375 in the past, and the bill was signed over our industry’s objections in 2008.  Our friends at the Institute for Local Government have put together a short primer on the law. If you are interested in learning more, click here.

    Aug 13

    SB 375/ARB REPORT ON REDUCTION TARGETS FOR AUTOS AND LIGHT TRUCKS

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    ARB staff has released its proposed regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for automobiles and light trucks pursuant to Senate Bill 375.   The report and its associated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Functional Equivalent Document are now available online for a 45-day public review period.  These proposed targets will be considered by ARB at its September 23, 2010 meeting and can be accessed here.