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.

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Eminent Domain | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | California Coastal Act | California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Transportation
Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Eminent Domain | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Litigation | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Water
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: Business | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Elections | Environmental Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Clearing the Smoke: 3 Years of Legal Cannabis in California
BB&K Webinar Nov 20, 2019

Clearing the Smoke: 3 Years of Legal Cannabis in California

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Land Use Planning, Water Supply Planning and SGMA
BB&K Webinar Nov 08, 2019

Land Use Planning, Water Supply Planning and SGMA

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BB&K Achieves High Marks in “Best Law Firms” Rankings for 2020
Press Releases Nov 01, 2019

BB&K Achieves High Marks in “Best Law Firms” Rankings for 2020

U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America Annual List Recognizes Many of the Firm’s Premier Practice Areas

[WEBINAR] Housing and Land Use Legislative Update
Videos Oct 30, 2019

[WEBINAR] Housing and Land Use Legislative Update

BB&K Webinar

Housing and Land Use Legislative Update
BB&K Webinar Oct 30, 2019

Housing and Land Use Legislative Update

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Housing Density Bonus and Reporting Changes for Local Agencies
Legal Alerts Oct 17, 2019

Housing Density Bonus and Reporting Changes for Local Agencies

Part 6: New California Housing Laws

Omnibus Housing Bill Adds Teeth to Housing Element Law Enforcement
Legal Alerts Oct 14, 2019

Omnibus Housing Bill Adds Teeth to Housing Element Law Enforcement

Part 1: New California Housing Laws

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Most Fundamental Question: What is a “Project?”
Legal Alerts Aug 20, 2019

California Supreme Court Clarifies CEQA’s Most Fundamental Question: What is a “Project?”

Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, Inc. v. City of San Diego

The Best Lawyers Recognizes 31 BB&K Attorneys on 2020 List
Press Releases Aug 15, 2019

The Best Lawyers Recognizes 31 BB&K Attorneys on 2020 List

Including Seven Named as “Lawyer of the Year”

BB&K on 2019 Nor. Cal. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Press Releases Jul 02, 2019

BB&K on 2019 Nor. Cal. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Annual List Acknowledges Attorneys for Professional Achievements

Two BB&K Partners Named Coachella Valley Top Lawyers
Press Releases Jun 11, 2019

Two BB&K Partners Named Coachella Valley Top Lawyers

Henry Welles and Robert Hargreaves Selected by Palm Springs Life Magazine

Two BB&K Municipal Law Attorneys on So Cal Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
Press Releases Jun 06, 2019

Two BB&K Municipal Law Attorneys on So Cal Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Partner Megan Garibaldi and Associate Ryan Guiboa

BB&K’s Joe Coomes an Urban Land Institute Sacramento Legacy Series Guest
BB&K In the News May 28, 2019

BB&K’s Joe Coomes an Urban Land Institute Sacramento Legacy Series Guest

Sacramento Business Journal Promotes Program

FCC Actions Impacting the Public Right of Way
BB&K In the News May 02, 2019

FCC Actions Impacting the Public Right of Way

Listen to Partner Gail Karish’s National Planning Conference Presentation in a GovLove Podcast

"California Water," Third Edition
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 30, 2019

"California Water," Third Edition

Eric Garner’s Updates to Text on Historical, Legal and Policy Issues Affecting California Water Use

BB&K’s Christi Hogin and Andre Monette Honored for Amicus Work by IMLA
Press Releases Apr 24, 2019

BB&K’s Christi Hogin and Andre Monette Honored for Amicus Work by IMLA

The Attorneys Argued About Short-Term Rentals and the Clean Water Act in the Ninth Circuit

BB&K a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento
Press Releases Apr 02, 2019

BB&K a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento

Sacramento Business Journal Also Gives High Rank for Women Attorney Numbers

Event Mar 25, 2019

2019 AEP California State Conference

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Mar 18, 2019

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference 2019

Argent Communications Group

Ban on Commercial Cannabis Licenses Lifted
BB&K In the News Mar 13, 2019

Ban on Commercial Cannabis Licenses Lifted

San Bernardino Sun Reports on BB&K’s Successful Defense of City

Construction Traffic Plan MOU
BB&K In the News Mar 11, 2019

Construction Traffic Plan MOU

BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged for Contribution in the Hermosa Beach Patch

[WEBINAR] Planning in the Coastal Zone
Feb 21, 2019

[WEBINAR] Planning in the Coastal Zone

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BB&K Webinar Feb 21, 2019

Planning in the Coastal Zone

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Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update
Legal Alerts Feb 20, 2019

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update

Operations Over People and at Night Among Issues Addressed in Latest FAA Proposed Rules

Event Jan 18, 2019

33rd Annual Land Use Law and Planning Conference

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program

Comprehensive Update to the State CEQA Guidelines
Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2019

Comprehensive Update to the State CEQA Guidelines

Approved by California Natural Resources Agency

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II
Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2019

New Year, New Laws Impacting Public Agencies in California – Part II

Housing and Land Use and Environmental Laws Saw Changes in 2019

BB&K Proud to be Among the Best
Press Releases Nov 02, 2018

BB&K Proud to be Among the Best

U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2019 Rankings Released

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Inclusionary Zoning Case
Authored Articles & Publications Oct 16, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of Inclusionary Zoning Case

Partner Gregg Kettles Discusses West Hollywood’s Ordinance in the California Lawyers Association’s Real Property Journal

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney
Press Releases Oct 04, 2018

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney

Daily Journal Recognizes California’s Best

Attorney Albert Maldonado Elected to Two Boards
Press Releases Sep 26, 2018

Attorney Albert Maldonado Elected to Two Boards

Municipal Law Attorney to Serve Educational Organizations

Statutory Development Agreements Cannot be Passed by Initiative
Legal Alerts Sep 19, 2018

Statutory Development Agreements Cannot be Passed by Initiative

California Appellate Court Gives Cities Less Flexibility

Event Sep 12, 2018

LCC 2018 Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Court Upholds Approval of Superstore Zoning Ordinance
Legal Alerts Aug 27, 2018

Court Upholds Approval of Superstore Zoning Ordinance

California Appellate Court Supports the Broad Use of CEQA Addenda

John C. Cotti Video Bio
Videos Aug 21, 2018

John C. Cotti Video Bio

Partner

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019
Press Releases Aug 21, 2018

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019

Representing a Variety of Practice Areas

Christi Hogin Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Christi Hogin Video Bio

Of Counsel

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana Regulations Limit Local Authority

Lauren Langer Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Lauren Langer Video Bio

Partner

Michael Jenkins Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Michael Jenkins Video Bio

Of Counsel

Gregg Kettles Video Bio
Videos Aug 10, 2018

Gregg Kettles Video Bio

Partner

Sacramento-Area BB&K Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List
Press Releases Aug 01, 2018

Sacramento-Area BB&K Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes Eight Attorneys Selected by Peers

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released
Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

[WEBINAR] Creating an Accessible City
Jul 24, 2018

[WEBINAR] Creating an Accessible City

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BB&K Webinar Jul 24, 2018

Creating an Accessible City

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Short-Term Rentals and Regulations
BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2018

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations

Christi Hogin Discusses Cities’ Options with the San Diego Union-Tribune

10 BB&K Attorneys Honored on 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers List
Press Releases Jul 16, 2018

10 BB&K Attorneys Honored on 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers List

One Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star

Event Jun 20, 2018

Short-Term Rental Task Force Meeting

South Bay Cities Council of Governments

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
Press Releases Jun 07, 2018

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged Again for Practice Achievements

Profile: BB&K CEQA Attorney Amanda Daams
BB&K In the News May 16, 2018

Profile: BB&K CEQA Attorney Amanda Daams

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Features the RCBA Barristers' Past President

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure
May 15, 2018

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

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BB&K Webinar May 15, 2018

Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

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Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello
Client Successes May 02, 2018

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello

BB&K Defends City from CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Claims

Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment – The Complex Puzzle of Funding Our Future
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment – The Complex Puzzle of Funding Our Future

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Is the Road Forward Even a Road? Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Is the Road Forward Even a Road? Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

The Price of an Aging Infrastructure on the Environment
Videos Apr 24, 2018

The Price of an Aging Infrastructure on the Environment

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

BB&K Event Apr 24, 2018

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

A BB&K Premier Event

Event Apr 22, 2018

Disaster Resilience: Housing and Economic Development

American Planning Association

Event Apr 06, 2018

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

LCC Planning Commisioners Academy

Parking Impacts Warrant Only Limited Consideration under CEQA for Infill Projects in Transit Priority Areas
Legal Alerts Apr 05, 2018

Parking Impacts Warrant Only Limited Consideration under CEQA for Infill Projects in Transit Priority Areas

Court Upholds City of Covina Infill Project

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger
Press Releases Apr 02, 2018

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

Combination Creates Municipal Law Powerhouse Committed to Public Service

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

Defining “Existing” Structures in Sea Rise Shoreline Protection
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 05, 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

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released
Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know
Legal Alerts Jan 31, 2018

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know

The State of the Union Address and a Leaked Memo Give the Insight We’ve Been Waiting For

Partner Nancy Park Installed as Lambda Alpha International Sacramento Chapter President
Press Releases Jan 25, 2018

Partner Nancy Park Installed as Lambda Alpha International Sacramento Chapter President

Land Use Professionals Organization

Event Jan 19, 2018

Planning, Zoning, and Development Law – A Heapin’ Helping of Housing, and So Much More

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

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute
Client Successes Nov 10, 2017

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute

City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

Local and National Best Law Firm Recognitions from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America
Press Releases Nov 01, 2017

Local and National Best Law Firm Recognitions from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America

BB&K Ranked for a Variety of Areas and Practices on 2018 List

Event Oct 27, 2017

C02: When the Acres Have Been Saved

RALLY 2017 • National Land Conservation Conference

The Governor’s Housing Package
Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

The Governor’s Housing Package

Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

Event Oct 14, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

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

Town vs. Gown

How Land Use and Environmental Laws Mediate Disputes Between Universities, Colleges and Communities

Event Sep 23, 2017

Capitalizing on our Diversity

APA California Chapter Conference

Eight BB&K Attorneys Recognized by Sacramento Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers List
Press Releases Aug 31, 2017

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

Selected by Their Peers

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 30, 2017

California Supreme Court Strengthens Development Permit Protections

By Jeffrey S. Ballinger

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

Why Some California Counties Are Saying No to Commercial Cannabis
BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2017

Why Some California Counties Are Saying No to Commercial Cannabis

Cities Have Options Under the Law, Partner Jeffrey Dunn Told The Recorder

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017
Press Releases Jul 07, 2017

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the Nine BB&K Attorneys on this Year’s Lists

Authored Articles & Publications May 31, 2017

What Tools Do Cities Need to Regulate Short-term Rentals?

By Joshua Nelson and Todd Leishman

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 28, 2017

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

By Mark A. Easter, Joshua Nelson and Todd R. Leishman

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 10, 2016

Innovative Public-Private Partnership for the New Long Beach Civic Center

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 04, 2015

Major P3 DBFOM Procurement Planned for LAX Modernization

By Seth Merewitz

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 21, 2015

Despite Delays, California Cities Moving Forward on Selling Redevelopment Properties

By Seth Merewitz

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 17, 2015

New Law Promotes Social Infrastructure P3 in a California City

By Seth Merewitz

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 02, 2015

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

By Lindsay D. Puckett

Authored Articles & Publications Apr 28, 2014

Court Applies Limitations on Unusual Circumstances Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions

By Lindsay D. Puckett

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 29, 2013

[PRESENTATION] Municipal Broadband and Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships

By Gail A. Karish