California Planning and Development Report

S.F. Yacht Race Inspires Changes on Dry Land

March 24, 2011
In two years the world’s biggest event on water will take place in San Francisco. But, like many other mega-sporting events, the 34th America’s Cup is expected to have no small impact on land.

With an expected draw of hundreds of thousands of spectators, San Francisco is already contemplating plans to capitalize on the crowds and prestige of the America’s Cup. While it’s no Olympics or World Cup in terms of scope, the event does present the city with an opportunity to bring about long-term changes. San Francisco was named as the host of the event on December 31, and its plans – both short- and long-term – are already unfolding.

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Federal Deadline Sets Off Rush to Approve Solar Plants

November 1, 2010
Of all the ways that California is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint, perhaps none will have a more dramatic, or immediate, impact than that of solar power.

Up to 200 solar energy projects, are seeking, or have received, approval to be developed in California. Most notable of these are nine large-scale projects in the state’s own Empty Quarter – the Mojave and Colorado -- where state and federal officials are on the verge of inking approvals on more than 4,100 megawatts worth of solar thermal farms. Collectively, they represent nearly ten times the amount of solar capacity installed in 2009, and enough energy to power roughly 2 million homes.

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Political Firestorm Flares Up Over Rancho Cucamonga Development

March 15, 2010
Covered by chaparral and dry brush, the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are at a perennial risk of wildfire. And when the seasonal Santa Ana winds sweep through, they bring Apocalyptic storms of fire and ash that rain down on, and sometimes consume, the communities that press up against these slopes.

Into that path comes a proposal the by G. Miller Development Company to build 110 luxury homes on 670 rugged acres just outside the City of Rancho Cucamonga and bordering San Bernardino National Forest. It’s a plan that many locals call a dangerous gamble, one that will place hundreds of new residents -- and local emergency responders -- in the heart of fire country.