[Renderings via Cupertino.org] Although it does not lessen the environmental review process, a law passed last year allows for a speedier judicial review of some large construction projects here in California. In other words, a quicker route through the courts when NIMBYs or other stakeholders file suit to stop projects on environmental grounds. The measure was introduced by Governor Brown to encourage job creation— projects sit idle and no one works except paralegals— and last week his office declared the long-planned Renzo Piano-designed Apple HQ qualifies for the judicial streamlining:
Apple’s state-of-the art campus brings at least $100 million dollars in investment to California and generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions. [?] On-site fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels will provide clean, renewable energy for more than 12,000 Apple employees on the new campus.Construction is still planned for mid-2013 and completion in 2015, but as the Cupertino City manager says "from a local perspective this really doesn’t change anything."
· California Fast-Tracks Apple’s Spaceship HQ [MacObserver]
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