Plan Bay Area : planners’ dream; for Citizens, not so much

August 06, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Attorneys from the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a new lawsuit this morning, on behalf of the Bay Area Citizens, challenging Plan Bay Area. The Citizens are a non-profit that supports property rights, local community control, and the environment, and opposes burdensome land-use regulation. Plan Bay Area is the first Sustainable Communities Strate ...


President's weekly report — August 9, 2013

August 09, 2013 | By ROB RIVETT

Property Rights — The One Plan to Rule them All We filed this petition for writ of mandate in Bay Area Citizens v. Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission challenging a massive and amazingly intrusive land use plan called “Plan Bay Area.”  This is the “one-plan-that-rules-them-all& ...


Plan Bay Area : planners imposing their preferences on residents isn't just a Bay Area problem

August 12, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Last week, we explained why it’s terrible policy for planners to impose their preferences on residents who have different ideas on how they should live.Over at National Review‘s The Corner blog, Stanley Kurtz explains that this is a nationwide problem. The bureaucratic lingo for this brand of social engineering is TOD, “transit or ...


My Contra Costa Times op-ed on Plan Bay Area

September 09, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Saturday’s Contra Costa TImes carried this article about Plan Bay Area and the lawsuit that PLF has brought on behalf of Bay Area Citizens challenging the process by which it was adopted. Excerpt: Public policy must be made in a way that allows informed public participation. But Plan Bay Area was drafted by agenda-driven insiders. … ...


PLF's Jonathan Wood joins Bill Wattenburg show Sunday

October 11, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

I’ll be on The Bill Wattenburg Show Sunday at 9. We’ll be talking about our lawsuit against Plan Bay Area. If you’re in the San Francisco area, the show will air on Talk 910. It will also be streamed here. Update: the recording is available here. … ...


The bay area needs fewer development restrictions, not more

October 14, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

As regular readers know, PLF is challenging a recently adopted plan that will restrict most future development in the bay area to 5% of the regions land area. Our lawsuit, filed on behalf of Bay Area Citizens—a non-profit organized by local residents—challenges the process by which the plan was adopted. Regional bureaucrats sold the pla ...


Plan Bay Area oped

November 21, 2013 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

Yesterday, the Washington Times published an oped I co-authored with Randall O’Toole of the Cato Institute.  Entitled provocatively, “Do single-family homes threaten the planet?“, Mr. O’Toole and I take aim at the foolish premise of Plan Bay Area and other instances of the new urbanism.  We argue that there are many much m ...


An inconvenient truth : Stack-and-pack going down in Tinseltown

December 16, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

As readers know, PLF is representing the Bay Area Citizens—a non-profit organization that represents citizens opposed to excessively burdensome regulations in the region—in their challenge to Plan Bay Area. Plan Bay Area is designed to pack the vast majority of future development in the region into approximately 5% of its’ surface ...


Opening salvo in Bay Area Citizens v. Association of Bay Area Governments

March 13, 2014 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

This week, we filed our opening brief in the trial court in PLF’s challenge to Plan Bay Area.  We represent the Bay Area Citizens, a group of concerned Bay Area residents who object to the Plan’s “stack and pack” and anti-personal-commute-vehicle approach to land-use planning.  The heart of our case is the argument that th ...