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 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

Samantha Chen

Associate

(925) 977-3315

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
John C.  Cotti

John C. Cotti

Partner

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Amanda E. Daams

Amanda E. Daams

Associate

(951) 826-8236

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

Patrick T. Donegan

Associate

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Christi Hogin

Christi Hogin

Of Counsel

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
John H. Holloway

John H. Holloway

Partner

(213) 617-7495

Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

Of Counsel

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Gregg W. Kettles

Gregg W. Kettles

Partner

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Lauren Langer

Lauren Langer

Partner

(310) 643-8448

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Water
Heather B. Lee

Heather B. Lee

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3320

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
David Pierucci

David Pierucci

Associate

(949) 263-6577

Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Partner

(916) 551-2091

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

Daniel Richards

Associate

(949) 263-2619

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Daniel S. Shimell

Daniel S. Shimell

Associate

(949) 263-2612

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

Pamela Thompson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2832

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law
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
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A BB&K Premier Event

Event Apr 22, 2018

Disaster Resilience: Housing and Economic Development

American Planning Association

Event Apr 6, 2018

City of Dysfunction Junction: How to Conduct an Effective and Respectful Planning Commission Meeting

LCC Planning Commisioners Academy

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Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

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Event Mar 25, 2018

2018 AEP State Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

Roads of the Future Today
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 16, 2018

Roads of the Future Today

BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez Writes on the Latest Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles in PublicCEO

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Legal Alerts Mar 15, 2018

Defining “Existing” Structures in Sea Rise Shoreline Protection

California Coastal Commission and City of San Clemente Reach LUP Agreement

Event Mar 5, 2018

Making Sense of a New Landscape in California Land Use Law and Policy

Argent's 2018 California Land Use Law & Policy MCLE Conference

Dockless Disruption: Maximizing Opportunities Through Smart Regulations
Authored Articles & Publications Feb 22, 2018

Dockless Disruption: Maximizing Opportunities Through Smart Regulations

BB&K's Gregory Rodriguez and Steven DeBaun Discuss Bikeshare Issues in PublicCEO

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Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

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Legal Alerts Jan 31, 2018

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Event Jan 19, 2018

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Land Use Law and Planning Conference 2018 Program

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II

Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic Development

New California Coastal Laws for 2018
Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2017

New California Coastal Laws for 2018

Development, Accommodations, Sea Rise and Public Access

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Local and National Best Law Firm Recognitions from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America
Press Releases Nov 1, 2017

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Event Oct 27, 2017

C02: When the Acres Have Been Saved

RALLY 2017 • National Land Conservation Conference

The Governor’s Housing Package
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The Governor’s Housing Package

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Event Oct 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

Town vs. Gown
Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Town vs. Gown

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Event Sep 23, 2017

Capitalizing on our Diversity

APA California Chapter Conference

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Press Releases Aug 31, 2017

Eight BB&K Attorneys Recognized by Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List

Selected by Their Peers

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Press Releases Aug 15, 2017

22 BB&K Attorneys Earn Spot on Best Lawyers in America 2018 List

Two Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

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Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

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