• Sour Grapes for Environmental Activists: Court of Appeal Affirms Issuance of Permit to Develop Vineyard over CEQA Challenge
  • July 5, 2017 | Author: Ryan C. McKim
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • In Sierra Club v. County of Sonoma(2017) 11 Cal.App.5th 11, the Court of Appeal held that the Agricultural Commissioner of Sonoma County (Commissioner) correctly issued an erosion-control permit without consideration of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because issuance of such a permit is a ministerial act and the Commissioner had no authority to mitigate any potential environmental impacts in a meaningful way.