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Land Use

Meyers Nave’s expertise in Land Use law is demonstrated by the fact that clients rely on us to handle their largest, most complicated and often most controversial land use related legal and regulatory matters. We serve as lead transaction and litigation counsel for many of the most innovative and highest profile institutional, civil infrastructure and economic development projects undertaken by public agencies, private enterprise and public-private partnerships throughout California. In 2014, Law360 recognized Meyers Nave as a “California Powerhouse” – “one of the leading firms for local governments and public agencies throughout the state as well as private clients focused on complex, public-facing transportation and development projects.”

Our attorneys help clients navigate a myriad of complex and interrelated local, state and federal land use laws and regulations, ranging from CEQA, NEPA and ESA to critical issues regarding general and specific plans, conditional use and variances, zoning and subdivision, and development agreements and fees. Meyers Nave’s leadership in land use law is underscored by two attorneys who have served, since 2006, as co-managing editors and chapter authors of California Land Use Practice, the state’s most comprehensive treatise on land use law annually published by the Continuing Education of the Bar. Our position at the forefront of developments in land use law is well-proven in numerous precedent-setting published appellate and California Supreme Court decisions.

Meyers Nave’s Land Use attorneys are honored in prestigious regional and state-wide rankings, including the Daily Journal’s lists of “Top 50 Development, Land Use and Municipal Infrastructure Lawyers,” “Top 25 Land Use Leaders” and “Top 30 Real Estate Lawyers”; Martindale-Hubbell’s “Top Rated Lawyers in Land Use and Zoning”; and the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in L.A. Real Estate Law.” The practice group leader is recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the category of Litigation-Land Use and Zoning. The team’s environmental specialty has received two Tier 1 rankings in the nation’s “Best Law Firms” list developed by U.S. News–Best Lawyers® in the categories of Litigation-Environmental (Metropolitan Los Angeles, 2016) and Natural Resources Law (Metropolitan Oakland, 2015-2017). Our attorneys are also listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the categories of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Litigation-Environmental.

Representative Experience

Port of Los Angeles – Various Terminal Projects. Meyers Nave represents the Port of Los Angeles on numerous cargo, shipping and transportation projects for container terminals and dockside intermodal rail yards, including the China Shipping Terminal, Trapac Container Terminal, and Pacific L.A. Marine Terminal – the first oil terminal in the state in more than 15 years and the first of its kind at the Port – as well as the Clean Trucks Program designed to improve regional air quality. These projects involve local, regional, state and federal land use and environmental issues.

City of South San Francisco – Oyster Point Ventures Life Science Campus and Marina Ferry Village. Meyers Nave serves as lead negotiator for the City regarding the planned 2.25-million-square foot biotech research, commercial office, hotel, public recreation and retail marina project. Our services include preparing and negotiating a general plan amendment, specific plan amendment, zone charge, subdivision map and owner participation agreements; counseling on the disposition and development agreement which provides public and private financing that helps facilitate land transfers; and negotiating an agreement with the harbor district regarding facility improvements.

Los Angeles World Airports – Expansion and Planning Projects. Meyers Nave represented Los Angeles World Airports regarding its approval of a $13 billion expansion, advising on a broad range of land use and environmental issues, including NEPA, CEQA, California Coastal Act, Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, endangered species laws, and various other state and federal land use matters. We also served as outside counsel for the environmental review of the $240 million South Airfield Improvement Project, the first project to be implemented under the Los Angeles International Airport Master Plan.

University of California – Campus Expansion Projects. Meyers Nave represents the University of California on multiple campus capital developments, including the North Campus Expansion at UC Santa Cruz, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Solar Energy Research Project at UC Berkeley, and a public-private master development at UC Merced. In addition to advising throughout the CEQA and NEPA review processes, Meyers Nave defends campus projects in a variety of land use and other matters, such as recently defeating CEQA, zoning, taxation, and public funding challenges to the proposed $162 million Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus. Meyers Nave was recently selected to provide legal services to several University of California campuses in connection with new or updated Long Range Development Plans (LRDPs). The scope of work includes land use and environmental law services for matters that arise while planning and implementing LRDPs. We are currently working on LRDPs for the University of California campuses at Davis, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Diego.

City of Rancho Cordova – Mixed Use Development Specific Plan Project. Meyers Nave assisted the City of Rancho Cordova in the development and approval of plan amendments for the City’s largest land development project. The Council’s extensive approvals included (1) Amendments to the Rio Del Oro Specific Plan, (2) Public Facilities Financing Plan, (3) Amended and Restated Development Agreements, (4) Large Lot Tentative Subdivision Map, (5) Master Phasing Plan, (6) Affordable Housing Plan and (7) Environmental Impact Report Addendum. Meyers Nave assisted with entitlement documents for the 3,828-acre master-planned community that consists of 12,189 residential units, nine schools, 247 acres of commercial space, 269 acres of industrial park, 510 acres of wetland preserve, 178 acres of community parks, and 16 miles of trails. Our work included land use entitlements, an EIR/EIS, development agreement, specific plan, affordable housing agreement, and finance plan. The project will transform a mine tailings site into a community with schools, parks and retail.

City of Rancho Cordova – Housing for Homeless Veterans with Disabilities. Meyers Nave assisted the City of Rancho Cordova with the first permanent supportive housing project for homeless veterans with disabilities in the Sacramento region. Mather Veterans Village is an innovative partnership involving the City of Rancho Cordova, Mercy Housing, Veterans Resource Centers of America and the County of Sacramento. The project is a three-story, garden-style community with 50 apartment homes and 3,500 square feet of meeting rooms, staff offices, a computer lab, and a kitchen and lounge area.