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Weekly 3 Land Development: half full glasses and water retention basins

What are the three biggest stories each week in the world of California land development?  You’ll find them right here, or follow LP&A all week long on Twitter at @LPALand for up-to-the-minute news and analysis.  You can also sign up to receive the Weekly 3 via email here. This week:

Someone’s glass is half full.  Of what, we’re not sure.

If you’re like us, you’ve seen so many conflicting homebuilding forecasts in recent months that your head is spinning.  We know there are still many bears out there, but we wanted to share a recent report from CalPoly Pomona’s Real Estate Research Council, which gives us at least a glimmer of hope. The report anticipates that because of current dreary numbers, California homebuilding could rise as much as 246 percent in the next 18 months.  In an accompanying reader poll, 80 percent responded “What are they smoking?”

Read The Orange County Register article here

What’s that we’re voting on again?

Need proof that California’s insatiable appetite for over-regulation and eco-hypersensitivity is handcuffing any hopes of restoring the Golden State’s former luster?  Last week the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board approved new limits on stormwater runoff for Ventura County.  In its desire to trailblaze new law, the board hosted an hours-long hearing where the final revised language was so convoluted “no one really understood what it would require, but the board went ahead and adopted it anyway.”  The finished product appears not good for developers and may stymie any future housing comeback for Ventura.

Read the KPPC article here

We’ll stand by the filthy parasites

We’re sure you heard that three people at the Discovery Channel headquarters were held hostage Thursday by a crazed uber-environmentalist who felt the network wasn’t living up to what he saw as its responsibility to save the planet.It’s getting pretty extreme when an environmentalist takes hostages at one of the most environmentally-friendly cable networks. Most greenies don’t take human hostages, but many live off taking development projects hostage,  so even if this nut was no Boy Scout, it pays to always remember the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Read the Fox News article here
Read more of our thoughts on it here

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