Basically, Land Use Law consists of obtaining permits from the government to conduct activities on land or in building, OR opposing the granting of such permits.

Land Use Law includes the following matters:

General plans
  • Amendments
  • Required Elements
  • Consistency Requirement
Zoning
  • Amendments
  • General Plan Consistency
Conditional use permits
  • Constitutional Notice Required
  • Special Zoning Ordinance Findings Required
  • Statutory Administrative Findings Required
  • General Plan & Zoning Consistency Requirements
  • Running With The Land
Variances
  • Constitutional Notice Required
  • When Required: Enjoyment of Zoning District Privileges
  • When Prohibited: No "Special Privileges"
  • Statutory Administrative Findings Required
  • General Plan & Zoning Consistency Requirements
Non-conforming uses
  • "Grandfathering"

Annexations
  • City Council Application & Approval
  • Local Agency Formation Commission Approval
California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") Compliance
  • Categorical Exemptions
  • Statutory Exemptions
  • Initial Studies
  • Negative Declarations
  • Environmental Impact Reports ("EIRs") Draft EIRs Public Comments Agency Responses Final EIRs Findings of Approval
  • CEQA Guidelines
Subdivisions
  • Minor Land Divisions
  • Major Land Divisions
  • Parcel Maps
  • Lot Line Adjustments
  • Vested Rights
  • Merger of Lots

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Licensed to Practice in United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and the United States Court Of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.