Citizens of Goleta Valley v. Board of Supervisors

(1990) 52 Cal.3d 553

A coalition of groups challenged the sufficiency of an environmental impact report (EIR) prepared for an oceanfront resort hotel, alleging that the EIR had failed to consider a number of purportedly reasonable project alternatives.  The Supreme Court held that the supplemental EIR for the project did discuss a legally acceptable range of alternatives, as only reasonable alternatives need be examined in an EIR. The Court further held that alternatives submitted after the expiration of the comment period can be addressed in the administrative findings.

[TLG Counsel of Record for Amicus Curiae: Tina A. Thomas]