Town's Plan to Cap Residential Growth Violates State Law

A judge has overruled a voter-approved plan in the California city of Pleasanton to cap the number of new residences allowed in the city in an effort to curb the area's growing congestion.
March 18, 2010, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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The judge's ruling argues that the city's plan violates a state rule that requires cities to take on their fair share of regional population growth.

"The ruling is the first by a California judge to require a city to change its zoning to accommodate new housing, said attorney Richard Marcantonio of the nonprofit Public Advocates firm, which represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the cap.

Those plaintiffs said Pleasanton was welcoming employees to office parks and other businesses, but forcing other cities to house them."

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Published on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in San Francisco Chronicle
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