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.

John H. Holloway

John H. Holloway


(213) 617-7495

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Edward J. Quinn, Jr.


(916) 551-2091

Areas of Focus: Business | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Daniel S. Shimell

Daniel S. Shimell


(949) 263-2612

Areas of Focus: Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Kara K. Ueda

Kara K. Ueda


(916) 551-2822

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

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