Description: Challenge to redevelopment of large-scale residential complex.
San Francisco Tomorrow v. City and County of San Francisco
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/14/2014 Order Download Opinion issued affirming denial of petition for writ of mandate. The California Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of a challenge to the approvals by the City and County of San Francisco of the Parkmerced project, a redevelopment of a large-scale residential development originally built in the 1940s to provide middle-income housing. The redevelopment would increase the number of residential units from 3,221 to 8,900 over the course of 20 to 30 years. Among the arguments rejected by the appellate court was the claim that the final environmental impact report (FEIR) prepared under CEQA should have identified significant greenhouse gas production impacts because the project would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions before 2020, inhibiting achievement of California’s statutory goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The court said the FEIR had disclosed the anticipated increase in greenhouse gas emissions from construction activities and had adequately supported its conclusion that the increased emissions would not result in a significant impact.