Tonight, Planning Board meeting with the design review approval for some of the Site A projects.
But rather than write about that I wanted to point out the Chip Johnson piece in SF Gate last week. The title is definitely click bait worthy here are some of the highlights:
“It (CEQA) has been abused in this state for 30 years by people who use it when it has nothing to do with an environmental reason,” said Carol Galante, faculty director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“NIMBY-ism is connected to the fact that for everyone who owns their little piece of the dream, there’s no reason to want development next door to them,” she said.
“CEQA gives them a tool to effectuate their interest,” she said. “It’s a sense of entitlement that comes with an incentive, because it makes their property worth more money.”
It’s worth pointing out that a certain former City Council member attempted to use the CEQA hammer to bludgeon the City Council recently with regard to the rental housing ordinance. She claimed that because the ordinance didn’t take in consideration the historic houses that it should have gone through CEQA.
More from the article:
In a study released in August by the San Francisco law firm of Holland & Knight, lawyers researched three years of state Environmental Quality Act challenges and came up with some startling findings.
Among them, the study found that 49 percent of all CEQA filings target taxpayer-funded projects. The usual targets are transit and renewable-energy projects often approved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental quality. It found that 80 percent of such filings challenged urban in-fill projects. And the most frequently targeted private sector development is housing.
Hopefully someone will have the political fortitude to really reform CEQA, but for now it continues to be the mechanism to slow down projects or simply price them too high to actually get completed.