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Published Opinion: Annexation – CEQA and the Reorganization Act

Protect Agricultural Land v. Stanislaus County Local Agency Commission; City of Ceres
1/28/14 – 5th District Court of Appeal

In a citizens group’s challenge to the Stanislaus County LAFCO’s approval of a 960-acre annexation into the City of Ceres, Meyers Nave won a published decision by the 5th District Court of Appeal in favor of the City and LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission). The matter involved a challenge to LAFCO’s approvals under both CEQA and the Reorganization Act. The 5th District’s opinion, upholding an earlier court decision, affirms the annexation of this large new area into the City. See the 5th District’s January 28, 2014, opinion here. Please contact Ed Grutzmacher, who represented the City of Ceres in the trial court and on appeal in this matter, with any questions about this decision.