Rural Landowners Association v. City of Lodi

(1982) 143 Cal.App.3d 1013

The Appellate Court rejected a harmless error standard under CEQA, holding that a lead agency must possess all relevant environmental information before making a decision to approve a project.  The Court also held that the City failed to adequately respond to agencies’ comments on the EIR.  Finally, the Court held that the administrative findings prepared by the City were too ambiguous to apprise interested parties and the courts of the basis for the City’s administrative action.

[TLG counsel of record: Tina A. Thomas.]