Seth Merewitz

Partner

Tel: (916) 551-2843

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.


 

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

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

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

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


 
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

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

  • “Legal Tools- other than Redevelopment- to Bring Retail Centers into the Modern Age,” Orange County City Attorney’s Association, Feb. 18, 2016 
  • “Local Economic Development: What’s Left, What’s New and What’s Next?” South San Joaquin Valley Division League of California Cities’ City Managers quarterly meeting, Jan. 20, 2016
  • “Urban Economic Development – Effectively Using What’s Left in the Toolbox,” Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles, April 15, 2015