Land Use

We provide a full range of services in land use law, ranging from environmental review to entitlement support to drafting of zoning, subdivision, and other land use ordinances.  We have prepared numerous inclusionary and density bonus ordinances for public agency clients, reviewed housing elements and defended them in court, and drafted documents to implement adopted programs, including development agreements, deed restrictions for homebuyers, and covenants for affordable rental housing.

 

For our affordable housing clients, our attorneys have supported projects through the entitlement process (including environmental review and various land use entitlements) and in particular through use of the Housing Accountability Act, which protects affordable housing projects from arbitrary denials.

 

Many of our attorneys have degrees in city planning or related fields or have experience working in local planning agencies.  We have made numerous presentations to and written papers for organizations ranging from the American Planning Association to the League of California Cities to Housing California on land use issues including environmental review of climate change, housing elements, and density bonus law.  We are active in those organizations, and attorneys in the firm have worked with them on land use legislation.