RWQCB

RWQCB

aka: Regional Water Quality Control Board. There are nine regional water quality control boards statewide. The nine Regional Boards are semi-autonomous and are comprised of seven part-time Board members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

 

Regional boundaries are based on watersheds and water quality requirements are based on the unique differences in climate, […]

By |2019-03-04T16:21:24-07:00March 4th, 2019|Word of the Week|0 Comments

BMPs

BMPs

BMPs: aka Best Management Practices related to all-things storm water. To mitigate the potential for pollution from urban runoff, local, state, and federal agencies have instituted regulations requiring development planning and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for construction and post-construction phases of a proposed project. These standards require control of storm water-related pollution from development and redevelopment projects […]

By |2019-02-25T09:20:41-07:00February 25th, 2019|Word of the Week|0 Comments

YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard)

YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard)

YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) is a pro-development movement in contrast and opposition to the NIMBY (acronym for “not in my backyard”) phenomenon. In California, YIMBY groups support new housing growth, pro-housing policies & legislation, and engages political activism. Check out CA YIMBY’s website and their video here. […]

By |2019-01-21T14:40:05-07:00January 21st, 2019|Word of the Week|0 Comments

CEQA

CEQA

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is California’s broadest environmental law.  CEQA helps to guide the Department during issuance of permits and approval of projects. Courts have interpreted CEQA to afford the fullest protection of the environment within the reasonable scope of the statutes. Link for more information on this topic: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/CEQA/Purpose […]

By |2018-12-17T11:07:20-07:00December 17th, 2018|Word of the Week|0 Comments

Inclusionary Zoning

Inclusionary Zoning

Inclusionary zoning requires or incentivizes private developers to designate a certain percentage of the units in a given project as below market rate (BMR)—cheaper than their value on the market, and often less than the price of producing them. (The large majority of IZ programs are mandatory—80 percent of them according to one study.) […]

By |2018-12-11T14:19:08-07:00December 11th, 2018|Word of the Week|0 Comments

Gerrymander

Gerrymander

To divide or arrange (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.

By |2018-12-11T14:15:55-07:00December 11th, 2018|Word of the Week|0 Comments

DIF (Development Impact Fees)

DIF (Development Impact Fees)

An impact fee is a fee that is imposed by a local government within the United States on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development. In the City of San Diego, DIF amounts vary between neighborhood. […]

By |2018-11-27T14:49:26-07:00November 27th, 2018|Word of the Week|0 Comments

Costa-Hawkins

Costa-Hawkins

DEFINITION: is a California state law, enacted in 1995, which places limits on municipal rent control ordinances. Costa–Hawkins preempts the field in two major ways.

First, it prohibits cities from establishing rent control over certain kinds of residential units, e.g., single family dwellings and condominiums, and newly constructed apartment units; these are deemed exempt. Second, it prohibits […]

By |2018-11-27T14:45:40-07:00November 27th, 2018|Word of the Week|0 Comments