Santa Cruz County Local News: Land Use & Development


All Local Land Use & Development News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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11/28/2023
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will host an open house Dec. 5 in Aptos to gather input on aesthetic design elements for a major transportation project along Highway 1 to effectively blend elements such as retaining walls, bicycle and pedestrian fencing, and landscaping with the character of the town of Aptos.

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11/27/2023
A 2021 state law has radically changed the housing equation in San Diego. Advocates, developers, and policymakers are split on whether it should be exported to other jurisdictions.

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11/22/2023
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The last time Scotts Valley got a new General Plan, Pete Wilson was California‚Äôs governor and Seagate Technology‚ÄĒwhich was still based in the community‚ÄĒhadn‚Äôt even expanded overseas.

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11/17/2023
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Santa Cruz County Supervisors approved a plan to allow more than 6,000 new homes in unincorporated areas of the county in the next eight years.

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11/10/2023
Beyond the whirring of power tools and sprawling construction of Old Kresge, new residence halls and academic centers stand among the redwoods. These are the buildings that have sprouted out of the first phase of the Kresge Renewal project.

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11/06/2023
A shrubby Palmer oak tree in Riverside County is around 13,000 years old, making it California’s oldest tree and one of the longest-lived organisms on earth. Some people are concerned that a proposed development could threaten the tree.

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10/18/2023
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Scotts Valley City Council voted Oct. 4 to hand a $160,000 contract to Urban Field Studio for the plan refresh of the previously mothballed Town Center project.

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10/15/2023
Massive ocean wind farms off Morro Bay and Santa Barbara County‚ÄĒwhich could transform these quiet coastal towns and affect marine life‚ÄĒface a turbulent path.

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10/12/2023
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Watsonville officials envision downtown as a vibrant place where commerce, mixed-use housing and a transit system intermingle and trees line a two-lane Main Street.

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10/08/2023
‚ÄúThe second phase of the Aptos Village will complete a long-promised project for local residents,‚ÄĚ wrote 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend, who represents the Aptos region.

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09/27/2023
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Visions clash over Santa Cruz’s urban development.

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09/25/2023
The Watsonville City Council and Planning Commission both deal with land-use matters, and they will be joining forces to discuss one of the biggest land-use matters: how to allocate and construct 2,053 housing units over the next eight years.

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09/21/2023
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The planned rezonings may reignite a years-old struggle over the fate of a former golf course in Aptos.

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09/21/2023
Work on a new annex, visitors center and underground parking garage can legally begin after the state issued a final, court-ordered review of the project. Plans have been on hold since early 2021.

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09/14/2023
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What do you know about CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, passed in 1970 and signed into law by then-Governor Ronald Reagan? Professor Deborah Sivas of Stanford Law School explains.

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09/13/2023
The irrigation bill, which aims to force businesses and institutions to remove their lawns, now goes to the governor.

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09/06/2023
Planning commissioners unanimously approved city staff's recommendation for the council to adopt the Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan.

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09/05/2023
A June budget deal required community colleges to raise their own money to build affordable student housing. Some campuses said that plan prevented them from building the dorms, even with help from the state to pay the debt.