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Appeal Court Issues Revised Ruling on 2011 Transportation Plan

November 17, 2017-- The California Court of Appeal issued its revised ruling this week on a challenge to the 2011 environmental impact report prepared by SANDAG for its federally-required Regional Transportation Plan of 2011.

The Court of Appeal revised ruling follows a July 2017 California Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of SANDAG on the key element of the original Court of Appeal ruling in 2014. The Supreme Court ruled that SANDAG properly conducted the greenhouse gas analysis for the 2011 environmental impact report.

The original petitioners, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and others, asked the Court of Appeal to reissue its earlier decision incorporating the Supreme Court’s ruling. The revision was released yesterday.

Since that time, SANDAG issued a new Regional Plan that incorporated the Regional Transportation Plan of 2015, which is based on a 2015 environmental impact report approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors.

The revised ruling does not affect the current Regional Plan, which has not been legally challenged.

SANDAG updates its Regional Plan, a long-range planning document that outlines transportation investment, every four years.

SANDAG is currently in the planning stages for updating the Regional Plan for 2019. One of the first outreach events for the 2019 Regional Plan will be held December 4.

July 13, 2017 press release

Dec. 5, 2014 press release

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