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Direct Democracy, Voter Initiatives, and the Planning Process

Join us for this highly anticipated discussion about the Toulumne Decision and Carlsbad’s Measure A in particular (Caruso Affiliated development proposal on the south shore of Carlsbad’s Agua Hedionda Lagoon).

The Tuolumne Decision is a 2014 California Supreme Court decision which holds that projects adopted by voter initiative are not subject to CEQA. So does that mean there’s a bypass of disclosure and public review? Is the planning process at risk? Will there be a new normal? Or does this just mean there’s a new variable for planners to consider?

Ballot box planning has previously been called “direct democracy,” and was the subject of a 1991 book written by Dr. Roger Caves (SDSU Master of City Planning program). Dr. Caves will be our first speaker and will provide overview, context, and a few case studies.

Celia Brewer, City Attorney for the City of Carlsbad, was at the center of the recent Measure A process. Celia is our event’s featured speaker, will discuss the legal framework, and will also share her experience and perspective.

Don Neu, AICP, City Planner for the City of Carlsbad was a member of the staff team that reviewed Measure A and prepared an analysis of the proposal. Don will review their process and how it was different from the typical project review/planning process. He will share his insights on how the proposal impacted the local planning process in the City of Carlsbad.

Members: $15.00
Non-members: $20.00
Students and Retirees: $10.00
(Lunch is included in registration)


1.5 – Law CM

Please consider arriving by transit!