You gotta have a chuckle listening to these guys justify ignoring responsible environmental planning for their "Smart Growth" projects. They sound like any other business people crying "unfair" when the rules are difficult for them.
The earth and the community does not care whether the negative environmental impact is caused by "for profit housing" or "non profit housing" , "smart growth" or "subdivisions". Irresponsible environmental policy makes us all poorer.
The point of CEQA is to protect the earth. It is not to penalize developers. We should not have special exemptions for "smart growth developers". Is there really a difference when protected species die when an affordable housing is built vs for profit housing?
They also reveal the tactic of changing "red tape" as an essential legal strategy to shift the legal burden to the county to avoid legal action by the "pesky NIMBYS" that may have a problem with their development. So according to them, low income, Smart Growth developers should have special legal protections not available to ordinary citizens or private developers.
In this video they acknowledge that high density infill development DOES CAUSE MORE POLLUTION AND TRAFFIC. Somehow, they feel they should get a free pass because they are keeping pollution out of areas they didn't develop.
Do we really want these fools bringing pollution and traffic into our community so they can make a quick buck?