Practice Areas

Land Use

Our Land Use Practice Group guides clients through California’s complicated planning and development entitlement process at every level of government, facilitating and expediting project permitting and related environmental review.  In addition, Miller Starr Regalia works with clients in connection with land use diligence, initial entitlement strategy, project coordination and negotiation, as well as all aspects of project implementation once approval has been obtained.  We are also keenly attuned to the role politics plays in California’s land use entitlement process, and our attorneys are well-respected by agency staff and decisionmakers throughout California.  When it is necessary to defend or challenge entitlements, our experienced litigators have a distinguished record of effectively and efficiently pursuing our clients’ interests administratively and in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level.

Practice Areas

•    California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
•    National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
•    General plans, specific plans, and zoning
•    Subdivision Map Act
•    Local government law
•    Exactions, Dedications, and Impact Fees
•    Land use initiatives and referenda
•    Natural resource permitting
•    Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO)
•    Special district formation and project finance
•    Vested rights
•    Eminent Domain / Takings

Our land use attorneys have experience entitling and defending a wide range of projects throughout the state including:

•    Master Planned Communities
•    Single-family and Multi-family
•    Mixed-Use, Commercial, and Retail
•    Office Use (including campus development)
•    Light Industrial, Warehouse, and Distribution
•    Infrastructure Projects (including sewer, water, electrical transmission)
•    Wineries and Vineyards
•    Quarry Projects
•    Telecommunications and Alternative Energy Facilities

Our land use attorneys have litigated at every level of state court in multiple areas including:

•    Land Use Planning and Zoning
•    Eminent Domain
•    CEQA
•    Subdivision Map Act
•    Clean Water Act

For practical information, judicial, legislative, and regulatory updates, tips, and guidelines on cutting edge issues in Land Use, please visit Miller Starr Regalia’s blog Land Use Developments.