Description: Challenge to negative declaration in connection with smart growth amendments to land use regulations.
Agriculture, Business & Labor Educational Coalition of San Luis Obispo County v. County of San Luis Obispo
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 10/30/2012 Opinion Download Dismissal affirmed. A coalition of community groups commenced an action concerning San Luis Obispo County’s negative declaration pursuant to CEQA concerning a series of amendments to the county’s land use regulations concerning “smart growth” principles. The coalition alleged that an environmental impact statement was required given that the amendments would have a significant impact on the environment. Among other things, the coalition alleged that the amendments would lead to an increase in GHG emissions. After a trial, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the county. On appeal, the appellate court affirmed, holding that the coalition failed to cite to any evidence that would demonstrate that the amendments would have a significant environmental impact.