Local Climate Change Planning | Nov 13 & 14 | Sacramento

The big news today in the California Climate Change arena is Governor Brown signing AB 398 and AB 617. Here’s a word from the co-chairs for our first conference on Local Climate Change Planning issues:

“As the Trump Administration turns its back on climate change policy, Governor Brown and the California Legislature are tackling the issue head-on. On the first day of the conference, speakers will analyze recently adopted and signed legislation including AB 398, which extends the Cap and Trade program for an additional 10 years and AB 617, which enacts some of the strongest air quality protections in California history.

“In the administrative arena, speakers will examine CARB’s 2017 Scoping Plan, which lays the framework for achieving statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals; implementation of SB 743, which will change the way transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA; SB 375, which established state greenhouse gas emission reduction targets; and the CARB Vibrant Communities and Landscapes 2050 vision, which considers how the state can support actions, at all levels of government, to facilitate development and conservation patterns that help achieve California’s climate goals. In examining judicial developments, speakers will address GHG analyses following the Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (2015), as well as the Court’s recent decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017).

“We are fortunate to have the author of SB 743 and SB 375, former Senate President Pro Tem and Mayor Darrell Steinberg, in attendance to address how those two pieces of legislation affect local land use planning. CARB board member and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna will address the recently adopted CARB Scoping Plan, and the impact of the extension of the Cap and Trade program through 2030.

“On the second day of the conference, speakers will discuss how these emerging laws and policies affect local land use planning, including local agencies’ obligations under CEQA after the Newhall Ranch and SANDAG decisions. Planning Directors from two of the “Big Four” Metropolitan Planning Organizations will discuss the new regional targets proposed by CARB in their June 2017 Draft Staff Report, and how these aggressive targets affect planning for MPOs’ forthcoming Sustainable Communities Strategies.

“Finally, we will look at Climate Action Plans, and the role they play in implementing climate policy within local jurisdictions. We are grateful for the diverse group of speakers who have agreed to present their perspectives and findings about climate change and shifting state and federal policies.”

Jennifer L. Hernandez, Esq. of Holland & Knight LLP and
Tina A. Thomas, Esq. of Thomas Law Group, Program Co-Chairs

It’s not too early to register to reserve your seat!

CEQA | September 15, 2017 | Santa Monica

Our annual CEQA program again addresses the most important developments confronting land use and environmental professionals today. The dramatic changes in federal environmental policies under the Trump administration raises questions about the potential impacts on CEQA analysis. We’ll explore the extent to which the changes will widen the gap between NEPA and CEQA and complicate joint federal/state environmental assessments.
Other new administrative developments are the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s updated Toxic Hot Spot guidelines, the Appendix F requirements for assessing energy consumption impacts, and the final guidelines for implementing Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) analysis.
In additional to the annual Remy Moose Manley comprehensive update on CEQA appellate case law, we’ll have a panel addressing the impact of City of San Jose v. Smith on what agencies have to include in the administrative record.
Nine years after adoption of SB 375, developers are starting to use the Transit Priority Project exemption. We’ll have a panel on when that makes sense and how to take advantage of it. We’ll also have a panel on current trends for performing climate change assessments.
Our program co-chairs, Jim Arnone of Latham & Watkins and Doug Carstens of Chatten-Brown & Carstens, have assembled a stellar faculty of CEQA experts. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from legal and technical experts on all sides of the issues.
More information is available here. We hope you can join us.

Growth Management Act | November 14-15 – Seattle, WA

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce our annual comprehensive conference on the Growth Management Act.  We would like to thank our Co-Chairs, Tadas A. Kisielius of Van Ness Feldman LLP and Duana T. Kolouskova of Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Kolouskova PLLC, for helping us to identify and assemble excellent speakers and valuable topics.

New Topics include:

  • New local level focus on climate change impacts
  • Coordinated water system planning
  • The ongoing push to deal with affordable housing
  • Tribal Treaty rights and permitting implications of the Cherry Point Terminal decision
  • Vesting: Implications of Snohomish County vs. Washington PCHB and issues before US Supreme Court
  • Update on the cannabis wars
  • Renewed interest in design review
  • Land use decisions in state courts and hearings boards
  • Practice tips for participation in administrative hearings
  • Ethical issues for land use practitioners

To view the full agenda and faculty, please visit http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/2016/16GMAWA.php

We hope you’ll be able to join us in person in Seattle to connect with your colleagues. However, if you can’t make the trip this year, register and tune in remotely to our live streaming webcast, or watch the replay at your convenience.

This workshop qualifies for the following credits:

~12.75 WA Bar CLE credits
~15.5 WA Real Estate Credits
~12.75 AICP Credits

We can apply for other credits per request. Call us at 206-567-4490 if you have any questions.

Register soon to reserve your place!

SEPA & NEPA | January 15, 2016 | Seattle

Law Seminars International is pleased to announce the 13th Annual SEPA & NEPA seminar in S16sepawaeattle. Our Program Co-Chairs, Rod Brown with Cascadia Law Group and Dick Settle with Foster Pepper and Seattle University School of Law, have assembled and excellent faculty. The speakers will be addressing some of the controversial areas of the law where SEPA and NEPA issues are being litigated and precedents are being established.

Join us for a lively interdisciplinary discussion of the latest SEPA/NEPA developments in both project and non-project contexts. The full agenda is available here.