Category: Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New Law Expands Local Control Over Massage Industry

Law Revises Legislation Set to Sunset This Year – A new law substantially revises the state’s regulation over the massage industry, including expanding cities’ and counties’ ability to regulate massage therapists and establishments within their…By: Best Best & Krieger LLP…

Easements Made Easier: Building Pipelines with the Power of Eminent Domain Under the Natural Gas Act

Any person or entity seeking to construct a natural gas pipeline and successful in obtaining a certificate of convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may exercise the power of eminent domain to obtain easements across…By: Snell &…

California Proposes Overhaul of Standards for Analyzing Traffic Impacts

Last month Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released for public review and debate proposed draft amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act’s implementing guidelines (CEQA Guidelines). If ultimately approved,…By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Related Articles:…

AB 2222 Restricts Use of State Density Bonus Law

On September 27, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 2222, which amended sections of the State Density Bonus Law (Gov. Code §§ 65915, 65915.5 [“DBL”]). The main purpose of the bill is to require developers to replace all of a property’s…

Governor Signs Two New CEQA Bills

Governor Brown has signed two new bills amending the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). AB 52 establishes new consultation procedures with California Native American tribes, and provides that an adverse change to a tribal cultural resource…By: Stoel Rives LLP Related…