Land Use

Land Use

Musick Peeler's Land Use Group provides comprehensive expertise in all aspects of planning, zoning, environmental, compliance, and related land use government permits and approvals. The Group’s attorneys counsel clients through property acquisition, due diligence, remediation, California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act compliance, obtaining local, state and federal land use entitlements and related agency permissions, litigation arising out of these permissions, and enforcement actions. The goal is to ensure not only that our clients are in compliance with their land use legal obligations, but also that they are at all times aware of the complex universe of regulatory measures and can make cogent business and operational decisions based on that timely knowledge.

Our Land Use Group attorneys have extensive experience with the regulatory processes of cities, counties, the State, and the federal government, including through authoring and defending land use ordinances and actions by the regulators themselves. We have worked to draft, enforce, defend and challenge laws on such diverse topics as local zoning amendments, community plans, medical marijuana, billboards, group homes, homelessness, short-term rentals, historic preservation, hazardous materials and a wide variety of environmental protections. The subject matters on which we have written, represented and litigated, both for private clients and for government agencies, range in project size and complexity, from the entitlement process for extraordinary single family homes, to charter schools and universities, towering hotels, sports and entertainment complexes, television and motion picture production locations, and water storage, conveyance, and wastewater facilities. We are fully proficient regarding the land use impacts of past and proposed development on the environment, including threats or contamination affecting the natural resources of water, soil, air, wetlands, flora, fauna and endangered species.

The Land Use Group has been recognized and awarded for its expertise in land use planning, zoning, and environmental matters. Our attorneys have taught these topics to California law students as well as to other industry professionals. We work in conjunction with the firm’s Real Estate, Water, and Environmental & Public Law Groups to provide the full range of land use answers and resources to our clients. We advise, provide representation through every step of the permitting process, and litigate to defend our clients’ actions or to challenge the missteps of others.