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Timothy D. Cremin

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Overview

Timothy (Tim) Cremin practices in all areas of environmental and land use law, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); greenhouse gas and climate change regulations; and state and local planning, zoning and subdivision laws. With over 25 years of experience as an environmental and land use attorney in California, Tim represents public and private clients in the permitting process and litigation.

Tim chairs the firm’s Climate Change and Green Initiatives Practice Group. His group advises public entities on compliance with California’s Global Warming Solutions Acts (AB 32 and SB 32), analysis and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under CEQA, NEPA and other laws, and emerging areas of climate change regulation.  Tim has worked with numerous public agencies on the development of Climate Action Plans to reduce greenhouse gases and formulate adaptation strategies to address climate change impacts.

Tim’s specialty is shepherding complex and controversial projects through the maze of land use and environmental regulations on local, state and federal levels. He advises on environmental documentation and findings under CEQA and NEPA and on all aspects of the entitlement process for development projects—from project formulation through administrative review and approval. He is the firm’s leading authority on drafting such entitlements and ensuring that project approvals comply with the law and will withstand legal challenge. He analyzes the legal adequacy of detailed and voluminous Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) covering all impact areas, particularly traffic, greenhouse gases, climate change, air quality, biology, water, cumulative impacts and alternatives. The majority of these EIRs and EISs have been in the context of threatened litigation by sophisticated opponents. Tim also defends approvals in court against challenges under land use law, CEQA and NEPA.

Tim has worked on large institutional and infrastructure projects, mixed-use projects, transit-oriented developments, shopping centers, residential developments, hotels, and many other projects. Several projects have been located in environmentally sensitive areas and/or have involved habitat conservation plans. In addition to his work on EIRs, EISs, and entitlements, Tim advises clients on adoption of general plans, zoning codes and specific plans; development activities subject to the California Coastal Act; and negotiation of development agreements. Tim also has experience in real estate law, including real property due diligence and acquisition, leases, easements, and purchase and sale agreements.

Early in his legal career, Tim served as assistant city attorney for several Southern California cities, where he provided advice regarding planning, zoning, environmental, real property, subdivision, election (initiative and referendum), open meeting and conflicts-of-interest laws.

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