What is the Sunnyvale Decision?



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    The Sunnyvale Decision was a decision made by a California State Superior Court in 2010 in the case of Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Association v. Sunnyvale City Council.  The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff and rejected Council’s approval for a road extension, widening and overpass project because it was based on projected traffic data for the year 2020, rather than on current traffic conditions.  According to the findings from the projected data, the project would not have significant environmental impact; however, these findings were deemed irrelevant by the court since the California Environmental Quality Act calls for the environmental impact analysis to be based on “normally” existing traffic conditions, not projected conditions.  This decision is significant because previously it had been common practice for such decisions to be made based on projected conditions.

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