Land Use & Development

Publications

Press & Media

21-Jan-2014 Allen Matkins Welcomes Leading Renewable Energy Partner Barry H. Epstein
08-May-2013 Allen Matkins Continues to Expand its Land Use Practice with Addition of Partner Fernando Villa in Los Angeles
Firm's L.A. office also welcomes new tax associate Scott M. Dommes
25-Apr-2013 Michelle L. Moore Joins Allen Matkins Land Use Practice in San Francisco
08-May-2012 Fast-Track Rules Set Key Precedent For CEQA Cases
Patrick A. Perry in Law360
04-May-2012 Dodgers' owners to pay $14 million a year to rent parking lots from McCourt entity
Tony Natsis in Los Angeles Times
03-Feb-2012 Did the Greenest Type of Development Just Become an Endangered Species?
Patrick A. Perry in The Green Report
04-Oct-2011 Attorneys Recognized for their Significant Deals and Contributions to Women's Initiatives
Nancy Lundeen and Sonia Ransom of Allen Matkins to be Honored as 2011 Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence
20-Jul-2011 Jeffrey Chine, Ray Gliner and David Osias named among Top Attorneys 2011
Jeffrey A. Chine, Ray B. Gliner, David L. Osias in The Daily Transcript
01-Dec-2010 Land Use Roundtable
Bill Devine in The Daily Journal
08-Jul-2009 Top Attorneys 2009
Jeff Chine in San Diego Source
04-May-2009 L.A. Announces Plan to Take Assets Private
Jerold B. Neuman in California Real Estate Journal
20-Apr-2009 Temecula Collective Breaks Ground on San Marcos Site
Alfred Fraijo, Jr., Claudia Gutierrez and Michael J. Kiely in San Diego Business Journal
22-Jan-2009 John Condas of Allen Matkins Appointed to Board of NAIOP Inland Empire
01-Jan-2009 Up Close
Jeff Chine profiled in BIA Builder
01-Nov-2006 Roundtable: Land Use Update
William R. Devine and Sonia J. Ransom in California Lawyer

Articles

25-Apr-2014 Top Land Use and Environmental Issues Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Operations
By Kamran Javandel and Emily L. Murray in Oil & Gas Monitor
24-Jul-2013 Developers knock out local zoning hurdle
By David H. Blackwell in Daily Journal
03-Oct-2012 High court addresses CEQA
By David H. Blackwell in Daily Journal
01-May-2012 As RDAs Vanish, There's Opportunity Amid the Rubble
By John C. Condas, co-author, in Real Estate Forum
12-Mar-2012 Playing with House Money? What California's Risky Bet Means for Real Estate Developers: Understanding the Legal Uncertainties
By John C. Condas in MA Now Real Estate
06-Sep-2011 Density Bonus Law: Why Affordable Housing is Badly Needed in California
By David H. Blackwell in Multi-Housing News
22-Feb-2011 Are Solar Thermal Facilities Compatible with the Williamson Act?
By David H. Blackwell in Solar Thermal Magazine
01-Nov-2010 Interest in Los Angeles CleanTech Corridor Revived with DRA RFP
By Patrick A. Perry and Emily L. Murray in Urban Land Institute
01-Jun-2010 The Williamson Act: Siting Implications For California Projects
By David H. Blackwell in Solar Industry
01-Jun-2010 Revolving Doors: Developers are buying broken condo deals to rent the units. Buyer beware.
By Lynn A. Borkenhagen and Sonia J. Ransom in The Registry
27-Oct-2009 The Williamson Act, on Life Support
By David H. Blackwell in Los Angeles Daily Journal
27-Oct-2008 How Will California's New Anti-Sprawl Law Impact Future Development In The State?
By William R. Devine in California Real Estate Journal
01-Aug-2008 Governor Signs Map Extension Bill
By Matthew R. Fogt in Stewart Title Commercial Update
01-Sep-2007 The Mitigation Fee Act – Controversy, Confusion, and Resulting Caution
By David H. Blackwell in California Real Property Journal
01-Sep-2004 A Modern Perspective on the Williamson Act: Conservation, Confusion, and Controversy
By David H. Blackwell in California Real Property Journal
01-Jan-2002 Timing is Everything! When to Bring Challenges to Land Use Initiatives and Referenda
By David H. Blackwell in California Real Property Journal
01-Feb-1999 CFA Coalition v. Superior Court: An Overextension of the Deliberative Process Privilege
By David H. Blackwell in San Francisco Attorney

Blog

27-Apr-2012 California Sustainable Communities Law
Subdivision Map Act Question Answered
09-Nov-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Co-housing Provides Opportunity for More Sustainable Communities
04-Nov-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
California High Speed Rail Agency Requests Billions To Start Construction
27-Oct-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
LED Streetlights in Palo Alto
14-Oct-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Governor Signs Legislation Designed to Speed CEQA Process
06-Oct-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Stockton Takes on Urban Infill
06-Oct-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
BCDC Approves Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08
28-Sep-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Peter Calthorpe Takes on Climate Change with His Vision of Urbanism
26-Sep-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
BCDC Vote on Bay Plan Amendment No.1-08 – October 6, 2011
12-Sep-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Homebuilder Offers Views on Building Sustainable Affordable Housing
06-Jul-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
The Federal Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities
13-Jun-2011 California Sustainable Communities Law
Court of Appeal Issues New CEQA, Greenhouse Gas Opinion

Business Opportunities

06-Jun-2013 Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric Issue Fourth Renewable Auction Mechanism Requests for Offers
04-Jan-2013 Pacific Gas and Electric's 2012 Renewables Portfolio Standard Request for Offers
06-Dec-2012 Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric Issue Third Renewable Auction Mechanism Requests for Offers

Legal Alerts

30-Sep-2014 AB 2222 Restricts Use of State Density Bonus Law
18-Aug-2014 Draft CEQA Guidelines Would Dramatically Alter Analysis of Transportation Impacts Under SB 743
11-Aug-2014 The California Supreme Court Further Limits the Scope of CEQA Review for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court
22-Jan-2014 Requiring Landowners To Dedicate An "Overflight" Easement Is Not A Taking, Even When All An Owner Seeks Is A Minor Building Permit
18-Jul-2013 New Decision Helps Multifamily Developers by Striking Down a Restrictive Local Ordinance
Court Finds Napa County's Ordinance Conflicts with California's Density Bonus Law
26-Jun-2013 US Supreme Court Limits Governmental Power to Impose Conditions on New Development
18-Jun-2013 Appellate Court Ruling Significantly Increases the Likelihood of New Affordable Housing Requirements in California
06-May-2013 Prevailing Wages: Beware of Fee Waivers Even When They are Not Waived
08-Apr-2013 Certain Residential Developments Exempt from CEQA Review: Greenhouse Gas Emission Issues Do Not Constitute New Information
21-Sep-2012 Coalition for Clean Air: Filing an NOE Before Project Approval Does Not Trigger CEQA's 35-Day Statute of Limitations
06-Jul-2012 California Supreme Court Rules that Prevailing Wage Laws Do Not Apply to Charter Cities
03-May-2012 Sierra Club v. Napa: Sequential Lot Line Adjustments are Consistent with the Subdivision Map Act and are Exempt from CEQA
25-Apr-2012 Appellate Court Upholds Use of Future CEQA Baseline in Neighbors for Smart Rail and Rejects Sunnyvale Holding
05-Apr-2012 Sackett v. EPA: Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance
27-Mar-2012 U.S. Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders
24-Feb-2012 California Redevelopment Agency Update: The Implications of the Matosantos Decision
03-Jan-2012 California Supreme Court Upholds Elimination of Redevelopment Agencies‎
This alert applies to those in California that work with redevelopment agencies.
10-Aug-2011 New Budgets Calls for Reallocation of Local Redevelopment Revenue Back to the General Fund
28-Jul-2011 The California Supreme Court Takes on the Eternal Question: Paper or Plastic?
The Court answered two questions in its ruling: (1) a corporate entity is not subject to a heightened standard in determining whether it has "standing" to bring a lawsuit under CEQA; and (2) the City of Manhattan Beach was not required to prepare an Environmental Impact Report to study the potential adverse environmental impacts stemming from an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags by local businesses.
18-Jul-2011 New Subdivision Map Act Extension Bill Signed
Information in this alert directly affects all owners of property with a current tentative or vesting tentative map or other entitlements with applicable expiration dates.
20-May-2011 Governor's Budget Revision Continues To Target Redevelopment For Elimination
04-May-2011 Tip: Eminent Domain: What To Do When The Government Comes Knocking
08-Feb-2011 California's Revised Construction Stormwater Permit - New Regulations & Costs
The permit applies to all construction activities of one acre or more.
29-Jan-2011 Operators of Stationary Refrigeration Systems are Subject to New California Air Regulations
This alert applies to owners and operators of commercial buildings in the State of California with air conditioners (comfort coolers) or refrigeration systems.
24-Jun-2010 Bay Area Air District Adopts Groundbreaking CEQA Thresholds of Significance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
“The Air District’s new comprehensive CEQA Guidelines provide tools for local agencies to use in making smart development decisions that protect residents from harmful air emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.” Jack Broadbent,
24-May-2010 Construction Projects in California Greater Than One Acre Will Be Subject to New Storm Water Control Regulations
19-Feb-2010 Cadmium Levels in Consumer Products Scrutinized
The information in this alert affects manufacturers and distributors of consumer products.
02-Feb-2010 Prohibiting Plastic Shopping Bags May Require an EIR
This aggressive application of CEQA allows a plastic bag trade group to challenge a local plastic bag ban that was intended to protect the environment.
12-Jan-2010 Court Provides Further Clarity on State Density Bonus Law
Land Use & Environmental
11-Dec-2009 EPA Issues Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding; Sets Stage For Future Federal Action
The information in this alert affects developers.
13-Oct-2009 Legal Alert: Court Upholds EIR Against Challenges to Energy Impacts Analysis, Extra-Jurisdictional Mitigation, and Amendments Following Planning Commission Review
This alert discusses a key CEQA case which provides guidelines for preparing an EIR.
06-Oct-2009 Legal Alert: Ninth Circuit Finds That Local Rent Control Constitutes a Regulatory Taking
A Rare Pro-Landowner Takings Case that Covers Several Key Issues Critical to Landowners, Local Governments and Attorneys
01-Oct-2009 Legal Alert: State Law Does Not Preempt Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Information in this alert is useful to local governments, businesses and land use practitioners.
30-Jul-2009 Controversial DTSC Vapor Intrusion Policy May Impede Development
The information in this alert affects Brownfield developers.
29-Jul-2009 Court of Appeal Holds that Inclusionary Housing Requirements Violate the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act
In this Alert, we discuss the implications of Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles, which will affect inclusionary housing requirements for rental properties.
23-Jul-2009 Subdivision Map Act Extension Bill Signed
Information in this alert directly affects all owners of property with a current tentative or vesting tentative map or other entitlements with applicable expiration dates.
08-Jul-2009 Bad Times, Worse Times: Extending the Life of Your Tentative Map During Market Downturns
In this Alert, we provide creative ways to "extend" your Tentative Map until, hopefully, good times return.
08-Jun-2009 San Francisco's Amnesty Program for the Eastern Neighborhoods Planning Area: Does It Benefit You?
29-May-2009 City of San Diego Level 2 Drought Restrictions Will Impact Businesses and Residents
This alert applies to properties and businesses that operate in the City of San Diego.
19-May-2009 LEED for Neighborhood Development: How Green is Your Neighborhood?
08-May-2009 Supreme Court decision provides framework for limiting Superfund cleanup liability
04-May-2009 Older Subdivision Maps Under Attack Again
Court of Appeal Again Determines that the Lawful Recording of an Older Subdivision Map (1909) Alone Did Not Create the Parcels Shown on the Map
17-Apr-2009 Proposed Greenhouse Gas CEQA Guidelines
26-Feb-2009 Energy Related Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 May Help California Reach State Renewable Energy Goals
18-Feb-2009 SCAQMD Proposes New Rule on NOx Emissions
Information in this alert directly affects developers.
09-Feb-2009 Pending California Legislation Mandates Dramatic Increase in Renewable Energy Resources
14-Jan-2009 California Plans to Regulate Commercial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
The information in this alert applies to any company or entity that operates commercial air conditioning systems or refrigeration systems.
06-Jan-2009 New California Air Standards Provide Options for Cleaning Up Diesel Vehicle Exhaust
The information in this alert applies to any company or entity that operates a fleet of diesel-powered vehicles in California.
27-Nov-2008 New Green Plan Could Increase Cost of New Greenfield Housing
Information in this alert directly affects all developers -- especially those with housing projects in greenfield areas.
07-Oct-2008 SB 375: How Will California's New Anti-Sprawl Law Impact Future Development In The State?
19-Sep-2008 Court Refuses to Recognize Legality of 1915 Subdivision Map
16-Jul-2008 Governor Signs Map Extension Bill
Information in this alert directly affects all owners of property with a current tentative map or other entitlements with applicable expiration dates.
20-Jun-2008 Governor's Office of Planning and Research Issues Technical Advisory on Addressing Climate Change in CEQA Documents
Who is affected? Anyone who prepares, reviews, or relies upon CEQA documents, including: project developers - professional planners - land use officials - CEQA practitioners
31-Mar-2008 Proposed Two-Year Extension for Tentative Maps
03-Mar-2008 Ballot Box Planning: Signature-Gathering Shenanigans
11-Jun-2007 New Army Corps and EPA Guidance to Shape Future Development and Claims of Federal Jurisdiction under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
23-Apr-2007 You may have more parcels than you think! New cases are testing the legality of parcels created by older maps
20-Mar-2007 Court Clarifies Applicability of Land Use Law Statutes of Limitation
Click here to read the published opinion.

Videos

26-Feb-2014 2014 Real Estate Development Law Update
26-Feb-2014 Real Estate Development Law Update: Jeff Meyers
08-Jul-2013 The Koontz Decision: Limits Conditions a Government Can Impose on Developers
27-Feb-2013 2013 Real Estate Development Law Update: Land and Home(s) No Longer Four Letter Words?
27-Feb-2013 2013 Real Estate Development Law Update
05-Apr-2012 Sackett v. EPA: Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance
24-Feb-2012 California Redevelopment Agency Update: The Implications of the Matosantos Decision
05-Dec-2011 Northern California Women of Influence Luncheon Video
29-Nov-2011 Telecommunications: Everything You Need to Know About Broadband, Towers & Land Use Issues
13-Sep-2011 SB375 - California's Climate Change Regulation: Issues When Planning a Project
12-Aug-2011 New Budget Calls for Reallocation of Local Redevelopment Revenue Back to the General Fund
02-Aug-2011 Opening Doors for Energy Projects on Protected Agricultural Lands
07-Jul-2011 Groups Push for CEQA Reform to Help Rebuild California's Economy
26-Jun-2011 California's Climate Change Regulation: Issues when Planning a Project - William Devine
02-Jun-2011 Water Supply & the Increasing Importance of Urban Water Management Plans in Development
18-May-2011 Down Economy Gives Developers the Upper Hand in Entitlements
24-Mar-2011 Everything You Need to Know About Broadband, Towers and Land Use Issues