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Development & Population

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Quakes and fires? It’s the cost of living that Californians can’t stomach.

For the half-century after World War II, California represented the epitome of middle-class America on the move. As people poured into the state in search of good weather and the lure of single-family homes with backyard orange trees, the state embarked on a vast natural engineering project that redirected northern water southward, creating the modern Southern California and making the state the most populous in the nation.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Planning Commission approves Tsakopoulos’ proposal to develop wetlands

The Sacramento County Planning Commission voted Monday to allow developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos to develop open space in Sacramento County’s Vineyard area that many residents believed would remain a protected wetland preserve. The proposal must still be approved by the county Board of Supervisors.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Winds, terrain and fuel: Why the Thomas fire has been difficult to contain

The scene from this month’s Thomas fire is all too familiar in the Los Padres National Forest, where jagged ridges and steep canyons of chaparral have been tinder for some of the state’s biggest wildfires. … As of Monday, federal, state and local fire agencies had spent more than $38 million battling the Thomas, which was 20% contained and had destroyed more than 600 homes, most of them in the Ventura area.

Aquafornia news Kronick

Legal Commentary: Governor’s Office of Planning and Research proposes most significant updates to CEQA Guidelines in recent history

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted 1970, with modest changes since then. However, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has published its most significant proposed updates to the Guidelines in the past 20 years for administrative review and approval by the Agency of Natural Resources. While not yet law, once approved, the Guidelines will become regulations by which public agencies and private organizations alike must abide by, as the Guidelines are given great weight by California Courts.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger

Legal Commentary: California Department of Fish and Wildlife increases CEQA document filing fees

Effective Jan. 1, filing fees by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination filed on or after that day, as shown below. As was the case in 2017, no DFW fee will be assessed for the filing of Notices of Exemption in 2018.

Aquafornia news California Institute for Water Resources, University of California

Blog: Fire and water issues are intimately linked in California

From ecosystems to housing, fire and water issues are deeply connected. That lesson keeps coming home again and again in California this year, most recently with the Thomas, Creek, Lilac, and several other fires in the southern California, as well as the Tubbs, Redwood, and related fires that happened in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Developer wants to build homes on open space in Sacramento County

Residents of Sacramento County’s Vineyard area are angry about the prospect of losing open space they thought the county had protected permanently more than 25 years ago. It turns out the land, known as Silver Springs Lot P, has been owned all along by developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, whose company now wants to build houses on it.

Aquafornia news The Conversation

Commentary: How to fight wildfires with science

In the month of October nearly 250,000 acres, more than 8,000 homes and over 40 people fell victim to fast-moving wildfires in Northern California, the deadliest and one of the costliest outbreaks in state history. Now more wind-drive wildfires have scorched over 80,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, forcing thousands to evacuate and closing hundreds of schools. This disastrous fire season raises hard questions.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Ain’t no green for those greens, man

Concerned citizens swarmed Monday’s Council meeting to protest the proposal to close Stockton’s two public courses. As if suddenly money holes don’t matter anymore. … All that said, I [Michael Fitzgerald] find it curious that the three options the city rolled out Monday for replacing the courses all include residential housing.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

No ‘retreat’ from rising sea levels for homes in Del Mar

The old resort community of Del Mar is facing a reckoning. It has about 600 homes at beach level on the northern end of the city. … But rising sea levels are putting the Pacific perilously close to those low-lying homes.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Editorial: Madera County Supervisors Premature in Approving Gunner Ranch

From The Fresno Bee:

With California — particularly its farm economy — suffering from the effects of a historic drought, it is imperative that our leaders act responsibly to protect water resources.

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Commentary: Building Again in Natomas is Too Risky

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Bruce Maiman:

Growth is returning to Natomas, but a troubling question is going to be ignored or dismissed by those with the power to address it: Is building in a floodplain a good idea?

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Aquafornia news Manteca Bulletin

Manteca Share of Levee Study: $863K

From the Manteca Bulletin:

If 200-year flood protection isn’t secured — or at least a financial and implementation plan in place by July 1, 2016 — development of the Great Wolf Resort and family entertainment zone, The Trails at Manteca, and other residential projects in southwest Manteca won’t take place.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

National Park Service Calls Development Plans a Threat to Grand Canyon

From the Los Angeles Times:

Looking eastward from the canyon’s popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. … That project and a second, unrelated development proposed for just south of the canyon have set off alarms at the National Park Service, which sees them as the most serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Acts to Speed Up Quake Fault Mapping

From the Los Angeles Times:

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval, California officials are reviving an ambitous plan to study dangerous earthquake faults and create zoning maps that could restrict development.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Developers Seek End to Federal Protections for California Gnatcatcher

From the Los Angeles Times:

Developers citing new scientific evidence are pressing to end federal protections for the California gnatcatcher, whose status as a threatened species has barred development in many areas of prime Southern California coastal real estate for two decades.

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Developers Seek End to Federal Protections for California Gnatcatcher

From the Los Angeles Times:

Developers citing new scientific evidence are pressing to end federal protections for the California gnatcatcher, whose status as a threatened species has barred development in many areas of prime Southern California coastal real estate for two decades.

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Blog: High Population Growth Shifts from California to Other States

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert blog, in a post by Dan Walters:

“California cities once led the nation in urban population growth, but sharp declines in migration and birthrates have slowed the state’s human expansion to well under 1 percent a year, a third of what was happening during the go-go 1980s.”

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Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Interior Secretary: Contra Costa Conservation Efforts are a Model for Nation

From the Contra Costa Times:

“Making her second visit to East Contra Costa in less than two months, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday lauded the region as a model for the nation in the area of habitat conservation.”

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