by Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally published June 18, 2013, on SFBay, a news website for the San Francisco Bay Area.)
After months of proposals, counter-offers and tentative deals, not one but two versions of legislation on California Environmental Quality Act appeals were kicked up Monday from a Board of Supervisors committee to the full board.
Those who want to appeal City decisions about building projects would have a choice to:
- File an appeal within 30 days of the project’s first approval by the Planning Commission, as legislation proposed by Supervisor’s Scott Wiener and conditionally supported by Board President David Chiu would enact, or
- File an appeal later if the project changes significantly, as Supervisor Jane Kim has proposed with her legislation, which is supported by supervisors Campos, Avalos, Mar and Yee.
All three members of the Land Use and Economic Development committee — Chiu, Kim and Wiener — agreed it was time to send legislation on how The City should handle appeals to decisions made under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) up to the full Board for a vote, but with certain reservations and conditions.