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Village Laguna of Laguna Beach, Inc. v. Board of Supervisors – Case Brief Summary (California)

In Village Laguna of Laguna Beach, Inc. v. Board of Supervisors (1982) 134 Cal.App.3d 1022, the court explained the importance of these procedural steps and findings:

"The purposes of section 21081 are that there be some evidence that the alternatives or mitigation measures in the EIR actually were considered by the decision making agency and, as the Supreme Court stated in a similar situation, that there be a disclosure of 'the analytic route the ... agency traveled from evidence to action.' Thus, when a project is approved that will significantly affect the environment, CEQA places the burden on the approving agency to affirmatively show that it has considered the identified means of lessening or avoiding the project's significant effects and to explain its decision allowing those adverse changes to occur. ... ... Only by making this disclosure can others, be they courts or constituents, intelligently analyze the logic of the board's decision." (Id. at pp. 1034-1035.)