Public Law

Public Law Journal: Spring 2015, Vol. 38, No. 2

Litigation & Case Law Update

Compiled by K. Scott Dickey*

CEQA EXEMPTIONS

Berkeley Hillside Preservation, et al. v. City of Berkeley (March 2, 2015) 60 Cal.4th1086 (2015 WL 858265)

California’s Supreme Court rejects Court of Appeal’s ruling that "unusual circumstances" exception to categorical exemptions does not apply where there is substantial evidence of significant environmental impacts, and holds that for the exception to apply, there must be a finding of significant environmental impacts specifically as a result of the unusual circumstances.

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