Seth Merewitz

Partner

Tel: (213) 787-2567

Location(s)

At a Glance

Seth heads BB&K’s Public-Private Partnership group.

He focuses on municipal law and complex real estate development, entitlements, land use matters and public-private partnerships.

His many projects include residential master-planned communities, military base re-use, industrial, in-fill and mixed-use development, shopping centers and infrastructure financing. 
 

Seth Merewitz provides advisory and transactional services to public agencies, developers, landowners and other private entities. He is a partner in the Municipal Law practice group and heads the Public-Private Partnership group at Best Best & Krieger LLP.

Seth has 20 years of experience working on the structuring, risk identification and transfer, and legal matters on public-private partnership transactions. He has extensive experience in infrastructure projects, as well as military base reuse, master-planned communities, shopping centers, industrial and hospitality projects. He advises both municipalities and private equity funds, investors and landowners on all aspects of public-private transactions, from due diligence through procurement, documentation, approval and implementation. He has led and facilitated teams to successful outcomes. Seth is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences on P3 topics and has written extensively on the topic for state and national publications.

Seth is currently assisting on several P3 efforts including the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, Hotel and Convention Center for the San Diego Unified Port District. This hybrid infrastructure/real estate P3 project is in the process of structuring a destination hotel and convention center, including the financing of off-site public infrastructure, public amenities and environmental enhancements. Previously, Seth was involved with the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority’s $400 million jointly funded (state, local and private) P3 levee improvement project. In this effort, Seth represented the joint landowners group comprising developers and more than a dozen national homebuilders. The resulting P3 financing structure included state grants, revenue bonds and other debt supported by special taxes. This innovative financing has received several national awards and is highly regarded as delivering not just the needed public safety improvements, but also extensive environmental benefits.

Professional and Community Involvement
Seth is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He is part of the leadership of the Los Angeles District Council and served on the national ULI Residential Neighborhood Development Product Council.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he was a shareholder with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento. He served as contract city attorney for the City of Marysville, and was appointed Planning Commissioner in Yolo County. Seth is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A.

 
New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II

Housing and Land Use and Environmental Laws Saw Changes in 2019

AB 2035: New Tax Increment Financing for Shelters and Affordable Housing
Legal Alerts Oct 2, 2018

AB 2035: New Tax Increment Financing for Shelters and Affordable Housing

California Lawmakers Continue to Address Housing Crisis

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies
Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2016

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative Technologies

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 10, 2016

Innovative Public-Private Partnership for the New Long Beach Civic Center

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 4, 2015

Major P3 DBFOM Procurement Planned for LAX Modernization

By Seth Merewitz

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law
Legal Alerts Oct 8, 2015

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!
Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2015

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 21, 2015

Despite Delays, California Cities Moving Forward on Selling Redevelopment Properties

By Seth Merewitz

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 17, 2015

New Law Promotes Social Infrastructure P3 in a California City

By Seth Merewitz

Authored Articles & Publications Jul 21, 2015

Community-Based P3 Programs for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure

By Seth Merewitz

Understanding the 4 “Ps” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2015

Understanding the 4 “Ps” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Writes for California Special Districts Magazine About Identifying P3 Issues Early to Ensure Success

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 18, 2015

Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

By Seth Merewitz

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing
Legal Alerts Dec 5, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown
Legal Alerts Oct 6, 2014

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private industrial facilities, affordable housing and broadband

Exactions and Impact Fees in California Published by Solano Press Books
Authored Articles & Publications May 1, 2012

Exactions and Impact Fees in California Published by Solano Press Books

By Harriet Steiner and Seth Merewitz

  • “Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month,” BBKnowledge, May 23, 2017
  • “Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure,” BBKnowledge, April 5, 2017
  • “Can “Big Brother” Bring Big Improvements to Provision of Local Government Services?,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 12, 2016
  • “Wastewater Treatment Becomes Another Area for Public-Private Partnership,” BBKnowledge, July 27, 2016 
  • “Scholarship Available for Public Officials to Attend ULI’s Fall Meeting in Dallas,” BBKnowledge, July 25, 2016
  • “Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!” BB&K Legal Alert, Sept. 25, 2015
  • “More Than $200 Million Available to Support California Businesses,” BBKnowledge, July 22, 2015
  • “Housing and Sustainability Projects in California Awarded Millions,” BBKnowledge, July 7, 2015
  • “An Air of Cooperation: The Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan and its Implications for Local Governments and Agencies,” BBKnowledge, June 29, 2015
  • “CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2015
  • “Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2015
  • “Santa Paula’s Water Recycling Facility Purchase Caps Successful Public-Private Partnership,” BBKnowledge, May 19, 2015
  • “GO-Biz Announces $150 Million in Tax Credits Available for FY 2014-15,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 18, 2014
  • “How to Land Projects in California,” Site Selection, Sept. 12, 2014
  • “Highlights from the Build America P3 Infrastructure Investment Summit,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 10, 2014
  • “U.S. is Potentially the Largest Market for P3’s in the World,” BBKnowledge, Sept. 10, 2014
  • “Legislature Approves Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts; Awaiting Governor Signature,” BBKnowledge, Aug. 31, 2014
  • “President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development,” BBKnowledge, July 18, 2014
  • “Secondary Real Estate Markets are Worth a Second Look,” BBKnowledge, June 24, 2014
  • “Post-Redevelopment Creativity: Public Benefit Incentive Zoning,” BBKnowledge, May 27, 2014
  • “USDA Announces Economic Development Grants to Rural Communities,” BB&K Legal Alert, May 9, 2014
  • “Post-Redevelopment, Lawyers Navigate Labyrinth of Subsidies for Affordable Housing,” The Daily Journal, April 8, 2014
  • “Investing In California’s Water Conference Convenes Industry Thought Leaders,” BBKnowledge, Feb. 19, 2014
  • “ULI Report “After Redevelopment” Proposes Tools to Promote Local Economic Development,” BBKnowledge, Jan. 3, 2014
  • “California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects,” BB&K Legal Alert, April 7, 2014
  • “Proposal May Help Cities Finance Projects,” The Daily Journal, March 24, 2014
  • “Developers in California Should Be Aware of Changes in the Regulatory Landscape,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, May 20 2013
  • “Redevelopment in California After the Demise of RDAs,” Los Angeles Lawyer, Feb. 22 2013

 
Event Mar 14-15, 2019

CAALAC 2019 Biennial Retreat

City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County

Event Mar 4-6, 2019

P3 for Small and Mid-Sized Public Agencies

Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo

Event Feb 28, 2019

Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0

University of California, Davis, Extension Course

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney
Press Releases Oct 4, 2018

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney

Daily Journal Recognizes California’s Best

Event Sep 12-14, 2018

LCC 2018 Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Event Jul 23, 2018

Are Drones and Flying Cars Coming to Your City?

The P3 Airport Summit

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development
Client Successes Jun 4, 2018

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development

BB&K Team Led by Partner Seth Merewitz Represents Port of San Diego in P3 Deal

Event Nov 2, 2017

Enhancing EIFDs

What Are the Challenges and Barriers and How Can They Be Addressed?

Event Oct 3, 2017

P3 Preparedness for Higher Education Projects

Public-Private Partnership Higher Education Summit

Aliso Viejo Kicks Off Public Meetings on Town Center's Future
BB&K In the News Apr 6, 2017

Aliso Viejo Kicks Off Public Meetings on Town Center's Future

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Discusses Development with the Orange County Register

BB&K In the News Apr 4, 2017

Riverside County Seeks Investors for Broadband Initiative

BB&K Assisted with RFP Drafting

Event Mar 22, 2017

Implementing Public Works Projects through EIFDs & CRIAs

LCC Public Works Officers Institute

Event Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2017

Public Agency P3 Preparedness

2017 Public-Private Partnership Conference and Expo

Event Feb 16, 2017

Webinar: Emerging Topics in Local Economic and Infrastructure Development in California

Lorman Education Services

Event Sep 16, 2016

MOUs, LPAs, NDAs, and Other Prenups: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing Conference

Event Sep 14, 2016

New and Improved Funding Tools for Projects

New Opportunities in Public/Private Finance and Development

Event Sep 12, 2016

Local Economic Development in California - What Developers and Their Attorneys Need to Know

Sacramento County Bar Association

Event Sep 1, 2016

Post-CRA Legal Tools to Bring Retail Centers into the Modern Age

ULI Public Realm Initiative Council

BB&K In the News Aug 2, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

By Seth Merewitz

Long Beach's New City Hall Will be Privately Owned Under Complex Deal
BB&K In the News Jul 11, 2016

Long Beach's New City Hall Will be Privately Owned Under Complex Deal

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Discusses Public-Private Partnerships with Southern California Public Radio KPCC

Event Jun 15, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships and Innovations in Placemaking

StimULI Breakfast

Event Mar 8, 2016

Making the Partnership Work: Implementing P3s

Public-Private Partnership Conference

Event Nov 12, 2015

AB2 - A Real Replacement for Redevelopment

ULI StimULI Breakfast

Event Mar 18, 2015

Where’s the (Public) Money? Securing Public Incentives and Project Gap Funding in a Post-RDA World

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Event Feb 23, 2015

Reflections on the Keys to a Successful P3

The P3C Conference & Expo

Event Oct 23, 2014

Bridging the Gap: Private Equity Financing and Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

CASA 2014 Fall Seminar

Presentations