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Full Service Land Use – Due Diligence, Transactions, and Project Entitlement

In California, it takes an expert to navigate the local, state and federal government-impose restrictions and regulations. If you are considering purchasing or lending on a property, we can perform your due diligence (such as reviewing the development potential of land and conducting title review). We can facilitate the transaction. And, we will entitle your entire project. We know how to achieve the necessary government approvals so you can achieve your development goals.

Our experts know the local planning codes, can educate you on new state housing or environmental laws, and will navigate the federal law (if you are a railroad or airport, for example). We help with the whole range of issues you might encounter — title review, contracts, easements, permitting, and sale. We will take your planning application from start to finish. We work well with planning commissions, boards of appeals, city councils, and boards of supervisors.

We Represent Residential and Commercial Property Owners in a Range of Land Use Matters

We help property owners comply with complex planning codes in cities like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and the surrounding Bay Area. We know the rules along the coast. We help clients navigate the legal complexities of managing their wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma. We assist in transactional needs and navigating regulation. 

What are the current rules regarding short-term rentals? When can (and can’t) you cut down a heritage tree? What environmental review is required before you can start building in a major metropolitan area? How about in the suburbs? When can you use pesticides for agricultural purposes? This is just a small sampling of the types of questions we answer for our clients on a daily basis.

Within our land use practice, we assist property owners, developers and other clients with matters such as:

  • Alternate dwelling units (ADUs) in the San Francisco Bay Area 
  • Zoning – conditional permits, variances
  • Development standards
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance
  • Subdivision
  • Chain of title
  • Due diligence
  • Short-term rental compliance
  • Lot line adjustments
  • Lot splits and mergers
  • Easements
  • Adverse possession
  • Permitting requirements and hearings
  • Redevelopment of existing properties
  • California Coastal Act
  • Residential property use and construction
  • Temporary land use issues pertaining to COVID-19
  • Environmental impacts of property use
  • Agricultural compliance 
  • Emission of fumes and odors

We represent owners of all types of properties in California, including office buildings, apartment buildings, multi-family complexes, farmland, vineyards, industrial properties, warehouses, car lots, malls and retail stores, and individual residences. Our clients include California residents, developers, commercial property owners, and other individuals and businesses. Regardless of your specific needs, if you have a question or have run into an issue pertaining to the use of your residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural property in California, our team can explain everything you need to know and help you move forward.

Beyond Land Use – We provide Business Formation, Contracting, and Litigation Solutions

In addition to representing our clients with regard to land use, planning and zoning matters, we offer full-service legal representation for other real estate law matters as well. We consult with our clients regarding proposed sales, acquisitions and developments; we provide contract drafting and negotiation services for all types of real estate transactions; and, when necessary, we represent our clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation involving real estate disputes. From general corporate issues and insurance coverage to employment issues and industry-specific compliance, we provide representation in other areas that are relevant to property and business owners as well, and we serve as outside general counsel to many clients who rely on our attorneys to help them make informed and strategic decisions regardless of where their needs arise.

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