Description: Challenge to EIR for redevelopment project on grounds it did not address impact on climate change.
San Diego Navy Broadway Complex v. City of San Diego
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/17/2010 Opinion Download Opinion issued. A California appellate court held that a local development agency was not required to prepare a subsequent or supplemental environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regarding the potential impact of a redevelopment project on global climate change. CEQA requires a public agency to prepare an EIR whenever the agency undertakes a discretionary project that may have a significant impact on the environment. The “touchstone” for determining whether an agency has undertaken such a discretionary action is whether the agency would be able to meaningfully address the environmental concerns that might be identified in the EIR. The court held that in this instance, the development agency lacks authority to address the project’s impact on climate change, and thus environmental review would thus be a meaningless exercise.