Land Use and Zoning

The Stradling public law transactional and advisory attorneys advise on a variety of land use and development matters, including:

Stradling public law attorneys have extensive experience in environmental and land use planning and the entitlement process, representing both public and private clients and public-private partnerships (“P3”) for new development, special financing of development, and environmental matters.

Stradling attorneys regularly negotiate and prepare:

  • Acquisition agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Density bonus housing agreements
  • Ground leases
  • Leases
  • Reciprocal easement agreements
  • License agreements
  • Operations and maintenance agreements
  • Property management agreements
  • Disposition and development agreements
  • Owner participation agreements
  • Other types of agreements unique to large-scale development and public projects 

Stradling attorneys represent public and private clients in connection with applications for entitlements, conditional use permits, variances, density bonuses, and other land use matters.

In connection with land use applications, Stradling attorneys have reviewed, successfully defended and challenged, and negotiated settlements relating to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Mitigated Negative Declarations, and other environmental studies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and California Coastal Act, and related laws and regulations.

Our expertise also includes:

  • General and specific plans and amendments
  • Preparation of local ordinances and resolutions 
  • Requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and California Coastal Act
  • Requirements under federal environmental, air-quality and endangered species laws and regulations
  • Water and natural resources issues
  • Cultural and historical preservation issues

Attorneys in this group work closely with those in the firm’s community development, eminent domain, and public finance groups to move public land use projects to timely completion.

In addition, Stradling’s litigation group is on hand to assert or defend:

  • Constitutional challenges
  • Writs of mandate
  • Challenges to project approvals or denials
  • Challenges to impact fees
  • Any other claims or litigation that may arise