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: Business | Business Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Water
Areas of Focus: Education Law | Eminent Domain | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation | Renewable Energy
Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Election Law | 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: Election Law | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Eminent Domain | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Public Agency Litigation
Press Releases Jun 08, 2021

BB&K Attorneys Return to Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Megan Garibaldi, Ryan Guiboa and Jennifer Misetich on 2021 List

Authored Articles & Publications May 26, 2021

Planning, Zoning and Development Legal Update

A Q&A With BB&K Of Counsel Todd Leishman and Partner Alisha Winterswyk

Press Releases May 18, 2021

Municipal Law Attorney Frank Splendorio Joins BB&K

Of Counsel Has Robust City Attorney and Public Agency Law Experience

Press Releases Jan 26, 2021

Six BB&K Attorneys Make Southern California Super Lawyers List

BB&K Attorneys Spanning Across Los Angeles and Irvine Receive 2021 Honor

Event Jan 08, 2021

Planning, Zoning and Development Law: What's New from California's Judicial and Legislative Branches

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program's 35th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

Legal Alerts Jan 06, 2021

Housing and Environmental New Laws

Part 2: New Laws Impacting California Public Agencies for 2021

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 28, 2020

Partner Jack Clarke Honors Colleague John Brown

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Feature on Brown, the Krieger Meritorious Service Award Winner

Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2020

New Tribal Consultation Process for Multi-Family Housing

California’s AB 168 Adds Requirements to Approval Process

Press Releases Dec 02, 2020

BB&K Partners Named Coachella Valley Top Lawyers for 2020

Palm Springs Life Magazine Recognizes Henry Welles and Robert Hargreaves

Event Nov 20, 2020

California Land Use Law & Policy Conference 2020

Argent Communications Group

Press Releases Nov 05, 2020

BB&K’s 2021 Best Law Firms Rankings Include New Tier 1 Recognitions

Annual U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers List

Press Releases Sep 15, 2020

D.C. Litigator Lisa A. Bell Joins BB&K Labor & Employment Practice

Former Senior Counsel and Trial Attorney in the D.C. AG's Office

Press Releases Aug 20, 2020

36 BB&K Attorneys Recognized on The Best Lawyers in America List for 2021

Three Named “Lawyers of the Year” and One Included on “Ones to Watch” List

Press Releases Aug 11, 2020

BB&K Attorneys Named to 2020 Top Lawyers in Sacramento List

Sacramento Magazine Annual List Based on Peer Votes

Press Releases Jul 10, 2020

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2020

BB&K Attorneys Honored by Legal Industry

Press Releases Jun 11, 2020

Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2020 Includes Two BB&K Attorneys

Partner Megan Garibaldi and Associate Ryan Guiboa Return to Prestigious List

Event May 26, 2020

Development and Land Use in the Age of COVID-19 Webinar

Continuing Education of the Bar

BB&K In the News Apr 29, 2020

Partner Michael Maurer Discusses Virtual Planning Meetings During COVID-19

California Planning & Development Report Covers Open Meeting Law Changes

BB&K Webinar Feb 20, 2020

SGMA and Groundwater Rights: To Adjudicate or Not to Adjudicate

BB&K Free Webinar

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 13, 2020

PublicCEO: BB&K Municipal Law Team Discusses New Public Agency Laws - Part 2

Land Use, Telecommunications, Environmental and More

Legal Alerts Feb 03, 2020

Senate Bill 50 Dies in the Senate: Now What?

The “4-Plex Bill” Meant to Address the Housing Crisis Couldn’t Muster Enough Support

Event Jan 24, 2020

34th Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference

UCLA Extension Public Policy Program

Press Releases Jan 17, 2020

Southern California Super Lawyers 2020

Nine BB&K Attorneys Earn Recognition

Legal Alerts Jan 08, 2020

New Housing & Land Use, Local Government and Public Contracting Laws

Part 2: California Laws Impacting Public Agencies for 2020

Videos Nov 20, 2019

[WEBINAR] Clearing the Smoke: 3 Years of Legal Cannabis in California

BB&K Webinar

Press Releases Nov 19, 2019

BB&K Real Estate Partner Nancy Park Named ULI Sacramento Member Achiever

Award Recognizes Leadership

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

Videos Oct 30, 2019

[WEBINAR] Housing and Land Use Legislative Update

BB&K Webinar

Legal Alerts Oct 17, 2019

Housing Density Bonus and Reporting Changes for Local Agencies

Part 6: New California Housing Laws

Legal Alerts Oct 14, 2019

Omnibus Housing Bill Adds Teeth to Housing Element Law Enforcement

Part 1: New California Housing Laws

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

Press Releases Aug 15, 2019

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

Including Seven Named as “Lawyer of the Year”

Press Releases Jul 02, 2019

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

Annual List Acknowledges Attorneys for Professional Achievements

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

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 In the News May 28, 2019

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

Sacramento Business Journal Promotes Program

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

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

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

Press Releases Apr 02, 2019

BB&K a Top Litigation Firm in Sacramento

Sacramento Business Journal Also Gives High Rank for Women Attorney Numbers

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

BB&K In the News Mar 11, 2019

Construction Traffic Plan MOU

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

Feb 21, 2019

[WEBINAR] Planning in the Coastal Zone

BB&K Webinar

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

Legal Alerts Jan 15, 2019

Comprehensive Update to the State CEQA Guidelines

Approved by California Natural Resources Agency

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

Press Releases Nov 02, 2018

BB&K Proud to be Among the Best

U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2019 Rankings Released

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

Press Releases Oct 04, 2018

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Named a Top 100 Attorney

Daily Journal Recognizes California’s Best

Press Releases Sep 26, 2018

Attorney Albert Maldonado Elected to Two Boards

Municipal Law Attorney to Serve Educational Organizations

Legal Alerts Sep 19, 2018

Statutory Development Agreements Cannot be Passed by Initiative

California Appellate Court Gives Cities Less Flexibility

Legal Alerts Aug 27, 2018

Court Upholds Approval of Superstore Zoning Ordinance

California Appellate Court Supports the Broad Use of CEQA Addenda

Videos Aug 21, 2018

John C. Cotti Video Bio


Press Releases Aug 21, 2018

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

Representing a Variety of Practice Areas

Videos Aug 14, 2018

Christi Hogin Video Bio

Of Counsel

Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana Regulations Limit Local Authority

Videos Aug 14, 2018

Lauren Langer Video Bio


Videos Aug 14, 2018

Michael Jenkins Video Bio

Of Counsel

Videos Aug 10, 2018

Gregg Kettles Video Bio


Press Releases Aug 01, 2018

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

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes Eight Attorneys Selected by Peers

Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

Jul 24, 2018

[WEBINAR] Creating an Accessible City

BB&K Webinar

BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2018

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations

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

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

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

BB&K In the News May 16, 2018

Profile: BB&K CEQA Attorney Amanda Daams

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Features the RCBA Barristers' Past President

May 15, 2018

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

BB&K Webinar

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

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

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

Videos Apr 24, 2018

The Price of an Aging Infrastructure on the Environment

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

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

Press Releases Apr 02, 2018

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

Combination Creates Municipal Law Powerhouse Committed to Public Service

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

Legal Alerts Mar 15, 2018

Defining “Existing” Structures in Sea Rise Shoreline Protection

California Coastal Commission and City of San Clemente Reach LUP Agreement

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

Legal Alerts Feb 12, 2018

Federal Infrastructure Outline Released

Details Local Agencies Need are Included

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

Press Releases Jan 25, 2018

Partner Nancy Park Installed as Lambda Alpha International Sacramento Chapter President

Land Use Professionals Organization

Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II

Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic Development

Legal Alerts Dec 21, 2017

New California Coastal Laws for 2018

Development, Accommodations, Sea Rise and Public Access

Client Successes Nov 10, 2017

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute

City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

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

Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

The Governor’s Housing Package

Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Town vs. Gown

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

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

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

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

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 Sep 29, 2013

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

By Gail A. Karish

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