Thomas Law Blog

CEQA Updates

Keeping You Up-to-Date on the California Environmental Quality Act

Posts from January, 2014


Merced County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves the Vega Solar Photovoltaic Project

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

On January 28, 2014, the Merced County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a conditional use permit and certified an environmental impact report (EIR) for a project to construct a 20 megawatt solar photovoltaic electrical generation facility on a 178.3 acre site in the Los Banos area of the County.  It is anticipated that the project will be operational by the end of the year.  The facility will provide energy sufficient to meet the needs of approximately 16,800 California residences annually.  The facility will operate for approximately 25 years before it is decommissioned.  The Thomas Law Group represented the project applicant throughout the administrative process including preparation of the EIR for the project.

City of Sacramento Uses SB 226 Infill Exemption to Approve a Residential Care Facility in the Central City

Friday, January 10th, 2014

On January 7, 2014, the City of Sacramento unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit and took related actions authorizing the development of a three-story 28-room residential care facility on a 0.36-acre parcel in the Central City.  In approving the Project, the City found the Project was exempt from CEQA because, among other reasons, it is an infill project pursuant to SB 226 that is consistent with Sustainable Community Strategy adopted by SACOG and will not have any significant effects on the environment that either have not already been analyzed in the Master Environmental Impact Report for the City of Sacramento’s 2030 General Plan or that are more significant than previously analyzed.   The Thomas Law Group represented the developer throughout the administrative process.

California Public Utilities Commission Awards $1.5 Million for Neighborhood Association’s Successful Opposition to a Natural Gas Storage Project Located in an Urban Residential Neighborhood

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved the award of almost $1.5 million to the Avondale-Glen Elder Neighborhood Association (AGENA) to reimburse expenses incurred in its approximately 5-year battle to oppose the Sacramento Natural Gas Storage, LLP (SNGS) proposal to store 8 billion cubic feet of natural gas underneath 700 homes in the Avondale Glen Elder neighborhood. AGENA was represented by attorneys from Legal Services of Northern California and current Thomas Law Group attorneys on a pro bono basis throughout the five-year administrative process leading up to the Commission’s decision on July 12, 2012 to deny the project.

More information is available from the Sacramento Bee:  http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/18/5921701/south-sacramento-group-wins-15.html.