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Judge Denies City’s CEQA Exemption for Venice Bridge Housing Project; AB1197 Not Retroactive But; Hearing Scheduled for 11 Dec

By Venice Stakeholders Association

This morning Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff indicated that he had drafted a tentative ruling that would throw out the City of Los Angeles’ environmental review of the Bridge Housing project proposed for the former MTA bus lot in Venice.

Beckloff told the parties that under his tentative ruling, the city would be denied a categorical exemption and would have to conduct further environmental studies.  In particular, he noted that the city’s review of noise impacts of the project on surrounding residents was inadequate.

Note: Assembly Bill 1197 was passed in September of this year and exempts supportive housing and shelters in Los Angeles from the normally required California Environmental Quality Act provisions.

The judge held up issuing his ruling to allow time for the city, MTA and the VSA to prepare briefings on the implications of recently passed AB 1197, which removed environmental review requirements in the future for projects similar to the Venice project.  AB 1197 was not retroactive, though the judge conjectured that it might have some implications for the Venice Bridge Housing project and asked for written presentations by all sides.

A new hearing is scheduled in the case on December 11th.

Comment (1)

  1. ALPHAmonx

    100% all development projects should have to meet the same environmental standards. a development with humans living in it is just that.. we brilliant Californians HAVE such stringent standards above federal standards that we chased most manufacturing and middle class jobs out of the state.. we desided we wanted or didnt need a middle calss… hence the gaping decide.
    i also belive the use of AD1197 also has the intention to disregaurd enviromental issues already on site. there is no way the hydrolic syslems plumbed and imbedded in the foundation and decades of bus maintanance let alone the standing buildings that remain are contaminated.
    Id wager thats why they do not plan to demo the south side of the yard because it would bring further hazardus issues.. its like a chernoble sarcophigus

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