Even when a project benefits the public, there are interest groups that will work tirelessly to stifle progress and business development. Unfortunately, the California Court of Appeal for the First District sided with such an interest group when the court held that an exchange agreement initiated by the California State Lands Commission regarding the 8 Washington Street development project in San Francisco was not statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
Background on the Decision
The case, Defend Our Waterfront v. California State Lands Commission (Sept. 17, 2015) Cal.App.4th, Case Nos. A141696 & A141697, involves the 8 Washington Street project, which is a proposed mixed use development along the San Francisco waterfront near the San Francisco Ferry Building, according to JD Supra. The proposed development site includes a parcel known as Seawall Lot 351 consisting of filled tidelands managed by the City of San Francisco through the Port of San Francisco.