Assemblymember Medina’s Statement on Court Decision that Closes CEQA Development Loophole

Friday, August 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement in response to the Court Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, District One’s decision on the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. City of Moreno Valley et. al.

“I am thrilled to learn of the court decision on the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. City of Moreno Valley et. al. which found that development agreements are meant to be handled by local governing bodies, not the initiative process. This decision validates what the Legislature accomplished with AB 890, which was vetoed by Governor Brown last year.

AB 890 sought to make changes to general plan, specific plan, and zoning ordinance adoption and approval. It also clarified that a development agreement could not be approved or amended by an ordinance adopted through the initiative process. AB 890 would have ensured common sense oversight of large development projects to protect the environment and our most vulnerable communities.

I am glad the court has affirmed the intent of what AB 890 set out to accomplish. I will continue to be a champion for oversight that protects California’s disadvantaged and overlooked communities.”

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