Judge says Tustin (Calif.) district construction did not violate state law

July 6, 2012
City contended that district should have done impact reports before beginning construction

From The Orange County Register: A judge has ruled the Tustin (Calif.) Unified School District followed state law when it approved construction projects at four schools and transferred students to a vacant elementary school while work is being done. Tustin Unified announced a plan last July to temporarily place continuation and adult school students at Heritage Elementary School while construction is under way on campuses that house the programs. The city of Tustin sued the district, contending that the state required the district to examine impacts to traffic, water and air quality, noise, hazardous waste, and compatibility with planned land use before construction. The district successfully argued that the projects were exempt because they replace or upgrade buildings and did not add new classrooms or increase the number of students.

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