California Attorney General Rob Bonta is warning San Diego about building in areas with high fire risk.
The Union Tribune says the state attorney general released a list of key issues California wants addressed before local leaders approve housing in order to avoid a legal challenge.
Specifically, he pointed to a project’s density, location, access to water, impact on evacuation routes and whether housing would be built with fire-resistant materials.
Local governments should prioritize infill developments in urbanized areas over sprawling designs that cover rural landscapes, Bonta said.
Leaders should avoid approving projects along steep slopes and rugged terrain, while ensuring that new projects have adequate highways and roads to get residents to safety during an emergency.