Land Use, Planning & Zoning

Land development is subject to a complex array of federal, state and local regulatory requirements and intense government scrutiny. Understanding the interplay of the various development, planning and zoning laws — and assuring compliance with all applicable rules — requires deep regulatory knowledge, legal skill and experience.
 
Comprised of attorneys from all relevant practice areas, including our Environmental Law and Natural Resources Litigation, Municipal Law, Public Finance, and Telecommunications practices, among others, Best Best & Krieger LLP’s multi-disciplinary Land Use, Planning & Zoning team provides comprehensive, cost-efficient guidance. We advise on issues including public-private partnerships; commercial, industrial and residential, in-fill and mixed-use developments; infrastructure/project finance; open-space acquisitions; habitat preservation and conservation easements; and compliance with CEQA, NEPA and other regulatory requirements.

Representing cities, public agencies, private developers and landowners, we establish, oversee and serve as project management leaders for large projects, assuring that the many, varied and complicated issues are addressed by the most qualified, highly experienced lawyers. In that capacity, we advise clients regarding the practical consequences of their decisions and assist them in arriving at the best solutions to meet their goals.
 
Comprehensive Service
BB&K Land Use, Planning & Zoning attorneys advise on land acquisition, development, regulation and implementation of general and specific plans and plan amendments, zone changes, subdivisions, conditional use permits, variances and other planning entitlements. We also regularly review zoning ordinances, specific plan documents and CEQA documents for our city clients and their boards and commissions, as well as assist clients with legal review of other specialized land use and entitlement matters, including:

  • California Mitigation Fee Act (AB 1600) compliance, including rules regarding impact fees, dedications, conditions and exactions
  • Development agreements
  • Subdivision Map Act compliance
  • Permit Streamlining Act requirements
  • California Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act) compliance
  • Sign regulations and billboard agreements
  • Growth control
  • Adult use regulations
  • Historic preservation, design review and architectural regulation
  • Vested rights
  • Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000
  • Surface Mining & Reclamation Act compliance 


Additionally, we represent clients in land use, permitting, zoning and environmental litigation, as well as assert and defend our clients’ interests before regulatory bodies.

Clark Alsop

Clark Alsop

Partner

(909) 483-6641

Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Special Districts
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Amanda Charne

Amanda Charne

Associate

(925) 977-3324

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Joseph E. Coomes, Jr.

Joseph E. Coomes, Jr.

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2830

Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Stephen P. Deitsch

Stephen P. Deitsch

Partner

(909) 483-6642

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Christopher J. Diaz

Christopher J. Diaz

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3309

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal | Special Districts
Samuel L. Emerson

Samuel L. Emerson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2824

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Shawn D. Hagerty

Shawn D. Hagerty

Partner

(619) 525-1327

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Quality
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
T. Brent Hawkins

T. Brent Hawkins

Partner

(916) 551-2086

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Government Relations | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Elizabeth W. Hull

Elizabeth W. Hull

Partner

(949) 263-2608

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Jessica K. Lomakin

Jessica K. Lomakin

Associate

(909) 483-6643

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Jennifer J. Lynch

Jennifer J. Lynch

Associate

(949) 263-6580

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Marco A. Martinez, AICP

Marco A. Martinez, AICP

Partner

(949) 263-6582

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Public-Private Partnerships
Seth Merewitz

Seth Merewitz

Partner

(916) 551-2843

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
HongDao Nguyen

HongDao Nguyen

Associate

(949) 263-2614

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Kylee O. Otto

Kylee O. Otto

Of Counsel

(949) 263-2606

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Sarah E. Owsowitz

Sarah E. Owsowitz

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3308

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Renewable Energy | Water
David Pierucci

David Pierucci

Associate

(949) 263-6577

Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
William J. Priest

William J. Priest

Of Counsel

(909) 483-6648

Areas of Focus: Elections | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Lindsay D. Puckett

Lindsay D. Puckett

Partner

(619) 525-1378

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Thomas A. Rice

Thomas A. Rice

Associate

(909) 466-4913

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Labor & Employment | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson

Partner

(949) 263-6562

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Michael T. Riddell

Michael T. Riddell

Partner

(951) 826-8210

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

Partner

(951) 826-8223

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Special Districts | Water
A. Haviva Shane

A. Haviva Shane

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8289

Areas of Focus: Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Transportation | Water
Ann M. Siprelle

Ann M. Siprelle

Partner

(916) 551-2834

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Harriet A. Steiner

Harriet A. Steiner

Partner

(916) 551-2821

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Fees, Taxes & Assessments | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Telecommunications
Malathy Subramanian

Malathy Subramanian

Partner

(925) 977-3303

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Gene Tanaka

Gene Tanaka

Partner

(925) 977-3301

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation | Water
Marc Tran

Marc Tran

Associate

(909) 466-4912

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jill Tremblay

Jill Tremblay

Associate

(760) 200-3060

Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Trusts & Estates
Kara K. Ueda

Kara K. Ueda

Partner

(916) 551-2822

Areas of Focus: Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Ethan J. Walsh

Ethan J. Walsh

Partner

(916) 551-2825

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Alisha M. Winterswyk

Alisha M. Winterswyk

Partner

(949) 263-6565

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Katherine L. Wisinski

Katherine L. Wisinski

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3320

Areas of Focus: Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Iris P. Yang

Iris P. Yang

Partner

(916) 551-2826

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Event May 17, 2017

Cell and Wireless Tower Law

National Business Institute Webcast

Event May 8, 2017

Proactive Planning for Driverless/Shared Mobility

APA National Planning Conference

BB&K Event Apr 27, 2017

Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Mar 29, 2017

The New Tribal Consultation Requirement: AB 52

OCAEP/APA

State Route 91 Express Lanes
Client Successes Mar 29, 2017

State Route 91 Express Lanes

BB&K Helped RCTC Pave the Way

Event Mar 22, 2017

Implementing Public Works Projects through EIFDs & CRIAs

LCC Public Works Officers Institute

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

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

Press Releases Feb 1, 2017

BB&K Again a Top Sacramento Law Firm

Sacramento Business Journal’s 2017 Law Firm List

Event Jan 27, 2017

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law Update

UCLA Extension's 31st Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio
Videos Dec 5, 2016

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio

Partner

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio

Partner

William J. Priest Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

William J. Priest Video Bio

Of Counsel

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

Partner

Press Releases Nov 1, 2016

BB&K Earns “Metropolitan Tier 1” Best Law Firm Rankings

U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America 2017 Best Law Firms List

Joe Coomes: There at Creation
BB&K In the News Oct 20, 2016

Joe Coomes: There at Creation

BB&K Attorney Coomes Comments on Golden 1 Center Public-Private Partnership

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process
Legal Alerts Sep 26, 2016

New Legislation Seeks to Expedite CEQA Administrative Record Process

Provides Opportunity to Streamline Litigation

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

CEQA Allows Developers to Recover Administrative Record Costs when Reimbursing Agency

Appellate Victory for Developers and Public Agencies

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA
Legal Alerts Sep 21, 2016

Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy Released by NHTSA

60-Day Comment Period Provides Important Chance to Have Local Voices Heard

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2016

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Subsequent Review Rules and Standard of Review

Decision Issued After Years of Uncertainty

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Press Releases Aug 3, 2016

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes BB&K Partners

The Annual Top Lawyers List Includes Five Firm Attorneys

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

The Good, (Potentially) Bad, and (Avoiding) the Ugly: The Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities Driverless Vehicles Offer to Municipalities
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 29, 2016

The Good, (Potentially) Bad, and (Avoiding) the Ugly: The Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities Driverless Vehicles Offer to Municipalities

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Looks Down the Road in Municipal Lawyer Magazine

Case Clarifies California’s Subdivision Map Act Requirements
Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2016

Case Clarifies California’s Subdivision Map Act Requirements

Cities and Counties Impacted

Client Successes Jun 2, 2016

CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Challenges Overcome in Development Project

On Behalf of the City of Montebello, BB&K Attorneys Successful in Lawsuit

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Honored by IMLA for Amicus Brief in Billboard Ban Case
Press Releases Apr 26, 2016

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Honored by IMLA for Amicus Brief in Billboard Ban Case

California Appellate Court Sided with City in Victory for Local Governments

Event Apr 16-17, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Seminar

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition
Legal Alerts Apr 13, 2016

Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition

California Appellate Court Addresses Prohibition in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance Referendum Opinion

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court
Legal Alerts Feb 1, 2016

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed

Press Releases Jan 26, 2016

BB&K Ranked No. 8 on Top Sacramento Law Firms List

Firm Moves Up Notch on Sacramento Business Journal’s Annual List

New California Law Pushes Cities to Approve Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2016

New California Law Pushes Cities to Approve Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Large Cities Are Required to Adopt Appropriate Ordinance By Sept. 30

Lafayette Rejects Attempt to Block Deer Hill Housing Development
BB&K In the News Dec 30, 2015

Lafayette Rejects Attempt to Block Deer Hill Housing Development

BB&K Partner Malathy Subramanian Advised City on Controversial Development Issue

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

Press Releases Nov 2, 2015

BB&K Receives Best Law Firms Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America

Three Practice Areas in Two Cities Selected as "Top Tier”

Fight Between Rehab Facilities and Cities Felt Across Orange County
BB&K In the News Oct 22, 2015

Fight Between Rehab Facilities and Cities Felt Across Orange County

BB&K Partner and San Clemente City Attorney Scott Smith Was Interviewed by the Orange County Register on Controversy Stemming From Sober Living Facilities

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

Event Sep 16, 2015

StimULI Breakfast- Changing Lanes: Autonomous Vehicles and the Transportation Infrastructure of Tomorrow

Urban Land Institute Los Angeles

BB&K Attorney Sarah Owsowitz Participates in Land Use Roundtable
BB&K In the News Sep 2, 2015

BB&K Attorney Sarah Owsowitz Participates in Land Use Roundtable

California Lawyer Magazine's Annual Discussion Once Again Focuses on CEQA

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Press Releases Aug 3, 2015

Seven BB&K Attorneys Appear on Sacramento Magazine’s 2015 Top Lawyers List

Voted the Best in Their Fields by Their Peers

Closer Look at Scrutiny Needed in Affordable Housing Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 9, 2015

Closer Look at Scrutiny Needed in Affordable Housing Laws

BB&K Attorney Christopher Diaz writes about the recently decided California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose case for the Daily Journal

California’s Highest Court Upholds San Jose’s Affordable Housing Ordinance
Legal Alerts Jun 17, 2015

California’s Highest Court Upholds San Jose’s Affordable Housing Ordinance

Requirement to Construct or Provide Affordable Housing Is Permissible Under California Constitution Police Powers

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

2014 Legislative Highlights
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 29, 2015

2014 Legislative Highlights

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Co-Authored a California Real Property Journal In-Depth Round-Up of the 2014 California Legislative Session

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

Attorney Gets Into the Weeds on Marijuana and Commercial Real Estate
BB&K In the News Mar 12, 2015

Attorney Gets Into the Weeds on Marijuana and Commercial Real Estate

BB&K Attorney Seena Samimi Presented Laws and Data Around Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for Property Owners at a Sacramento CREW Lunch, as Reported by the Sacramento Business Journal

Event Mar 9, 2015

California Land Use Law & Policy

Argent Communications Group

Press Releases Mar 4, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in San Diego

San Diego Magazine Picks Attorneys from a Variety of Practices for its List

Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys in San Diego Included on the 2015 List of San Diego Super Lawyers or Super Lawyer

Congratulations to These Attorneys

Event Sep 15, 2014

New Uses of Social Media to Engage the Citizenry and Inform the Planning Process/Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Land Use Approval Process

American Planning Association California Chapter

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List
Press Releases Sep 2, 2014

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List

Join Us in Congratulating Best Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, Who Was Selected by the Sacramento Business Journal for Inclusion on the Best of the Bar 2014 List

Press Releases Aug 19, 2014

Thirteen BB&K Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 List

The Included Attorneys Practice in BB&K Offices throughout California

Press Releases Aug 14, 2014

Three BB&K Attorneys Among Daily Journal’s Top 50 California Development Attorneys for 2014

Partners Scott Campbell, Steven DeBaun and Michelle Ouellette Recognized for Projects that Transform the State

Press Releases Jul 4, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to These Attorneys

BB&K Attorney Receives Prestigious CLAY Award
Press Releases Feb 19, 2014

BB&K Attorney Receives Prestigious CLAY Award

Jeffrey Dunn Honored for State Supreme Court Victory in Riverside Medical Marijuana Dispensary Case

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge
Press Releases Jan 22, 2014

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge

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