Environmental Report

A trial court properly ordered the City of Agoura Hills, California, to set aside its approval of a development project and to prepare an environmental-impact report, the Ninth Circuit ruled, finding that even though the city’s plan included mitigation measures to reduce the project’s impact on native oaks, other plants and a Chumash cultural site, an environmental report is necessary due to the project’s predicted significant impact on those concerns.

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Property Development

A federal court in Maryland ruled that most of a property developer’s claims against certain elected members of the Maryland House of Delegates may continue. The developer and other plaintiffs claim the delegates conspired with Hartford county to “thwart” a development project because “most of the prospective homebuyers are Muslim.” 

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Judge Rules FEMA Must Reconsider Floodplains Plan

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Wednesday to block the Federal Emergency Management Agency from moving forward with its plans to offer flood insurance to developers and property owners in 100-year flood zones in California, finding that the agency failed to consider effects development might have on endangered wildlife in those areas.

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