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Development & Population

Aquafornia news The Riverside Press-Enterprise

Inland area to grow by 2 million people over next 30 years

The Inland area will have two million more people by 2046, a shift that a number of cities are preparing for by adding housing, workplaces and other amenities.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: ‘Lethal arrogance’? Oroville Dam crisis sprang from Pat Brown’s towering ambition

America’s tallest dam was built from earth, stone and concrete – and the towering ambition of Gov. Pat Brown. Sixty years before a crisis at Oroville Dam sent thousands fleeing for their lives in February, the late governor brought an almost evangelical zeal to erecting the structure that would hold back the Feather River to deliver water to the parched southern half of the state.

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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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Population Grew By 1% in 2013, Reaching 38.3 Million

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Led by growth in the San Francisco Bay Area, California’s population increased by nearly a full percentage point in 2013, adding 356,000 residents to bring the number of people in the nation’s most populous state to 38.3 million.”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Bay Area is Fastest-growing Region in State

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“The Bay Area is the fastest-growing region in the state, with San Jose’s population surpassing 1 million and home construction placing Dublin among the fastest-growing cities in California, according to population estimates released Wednesday by state officials.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

U.S. District Court Upholds Tahoe Regional Plan

From Capital Public Radio:

“A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in a dispute over development around Lake Tahoe.”

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Federal Judge Hears Lawsuit Over Lake Tahoe Development

From Capital Public Radio:

“Environmental groups suing the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency over its proposals for future development presented their arguments in a federal court Wednesday. The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore want the court to stop the plan.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Court Clears Way for Newhall Ranch Project to Proceed

From the Los Angeles Times:

A state appellate court on Thursday cleared away a legal obstacle standing in the way of plans to build a community of 60,000 residents about 35 miles north of Los Angeles.

“The court essentially restored a permit issued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that granted the Newhall Land and Farming Co. permission to alter a wild river.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte Board Wants Exploratory Well Rules Without Annual Reviews

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Butte County supervisors don’t want ‘exploratory wells’ on unlawful lots used for improper purposes, but they don’t want honest folks threatened with fees or fines.

“The test wells were a response to a 1972 change in state law, allowing people to determine if there was water before spending money to develop land.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Newhall Ranch Project Faces New Hurdles with Environmentalists’ Suit

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Environmentalists took a new step Thursday in a decades-long dispute by filing a lawsuit against federal agencies that gave permission for construction of a community of 60,000 residents along the last wild river in Southern California.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Friant Ranch Deal: New Money for Recreation Projects Along San Joaquin River

From The Fresno Bee:

“An agreement has been reached between the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and Friant Ranch developers that will end a legal challenge over Fresno County’s approval of the 2,270-home project.

“Under the agreement, Friant Ranch will charge a one-time, $500 fee on each home to provide a park fund. That money will be used to restore and maintain recreation projects along the San Joaquin River Parkway.”

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