October 22–25, 2016
Pasadena Convention Center


Goldfarb & Lipman attorneys Barbara Kautz and Eric Phillips will be participating in two panels during the 2016 APA California conference:


“Moving Beyond a Project’s Effects on the Environment: Addressing Environmental Impacts on Projects Outside of CEQA”
Sunday, October 23, 2016
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


In 2015, the California Supreme Court stated that impacts of the environment on a project no longer required analysis under CEQA. In this session, planning and legal professionals will describe the Court’s ruling and alternative tools that can be used to examine the effects of the environment on projects.


“Density Bonus Dos, Do Nots, and Don’t Knows”
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
8:00–9:30 a.m.


The State’s Density Bonus Law was intended to encourage the development of affordable housing. However, it has evolved into a very complex law that poses challenges for planners in evaluating requests. This panel will discuss the statute’s requirements and mandates to local agencies; agency discretion in evaluating developer requests; incentives, concessions and waivers; and best practices.




Barbara Kautz, AICP, JD

Barbara Kautz is a partner with Goldfarb & Lipman LLP and an AICP fellow. She practices in the areas of land use, inclusionary and affordable housing, CEQA/NEPA compliance, and economic development. Barbara has over 30 years of land use experience. Immediately prior to joining Goldfarb, she was the Community Development Director and Assistant City Manager for the City of San Mateo. She is currently a member of the Mayor’s Housing Cabinet in Oakland and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities and the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.


Eric Eric Phillips, JD

Eric Phillips practices in the areas of real estate, affordable housing, land use, and CEQA compliance. Mr. Phillips represents clients in all phases of the development process, including property acquisition, entitlement and administrative approvals, CEQA compliance, and negotiating real estate disputes. Specifically, Mr. Phillips assists clients to negotiate and close purchase and sale agreements, draft commercial leases, advise on matters involving environmental contamination and remediation, perform property diligence, work with technical consultants to prepare Draft and Final EIRs, draft and file entitlement applications, and write ordinances and legislative findings. Mr. Phillips has worked with various nonprofit organizations, including Junior Blind America in Los Angeles, California and the Turkey Creek Community Land Trust in Gulfport, Mississippi on real estate, land use, and environmental matters.