Speaking Engagement:

APA 2014 Conference | Show Me the Water! Demonstrating Water Supplies for New Development in a Drought Era

Event Information


Sunday, September 14, 2014


Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA

Sponsored By:

American Planning Association, California Chapter
Annual Conference (September 13-16, 2014)

Kronick is a proud sponsor of the Opening Reception, " A Real California Adventure," on Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom


Eric N. Robinson
Anona Dutton, VP of Water Resources, Erler & Kalinowski


Cities and counties are processing more land-use applications that must comply with California’s show-me-the-water laws—SB 610, CEQA and SB 221. Failure to comply is a leading reason courts invalidate land-use approvals. Demand for water to accommodate growth clashes with growing uncertainty about long-term water supply availability. In 2014, the state’s single largest source of water for urban use—the State Water Project—initially projected zero SWP water availability for 25 million people living in a service area ranging from Silicon Valley to San Diego. Droughts, climate change, environmental regulations and water supply litigation create uncertainty that complicates SB 610, CEQA and SB 221 compliance. The California Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Vineyard Area Citizens v. City of Rancho Cordova announced “principles of analytical adequacy” for assessing water supply impacts for land-use decisions. Since then, some 15 new court decisions apply Vineyard’s principles to water adequacy determinations for projects across the state. This panel will draw lessons from those cases and describe innovative compliance approaches based on case examples that planners can use to support city and county land-use decisions that comply with SB 610, CEQA and SB 221.

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