Steven T. Mattas
Steven Mattas is the City Attorney for the City of Walnut Creek and Town of Los Altos Hills, and Assistant City Attorney for the City of South San Francisco. He also serves as General Counsel for the Ventura County Transportation Commission, Sunol Smart Carpool Lane Joint Powers Authority, South San Francisco Conference Authority and Monterey County Housing Development Corporation, as well as special counsel to several public agencies and private developers. Steven focuses his practice on land use, environmental law, public agency elections and municipal law.
Recognized statewide for his land use work, Steven is the Co-Managing Editor of a leading comprehensive publication on land use law, California Land Use Practice, published by Continuing Education of the Bar in 2006 and updated annually. He also authored and contributed to several chapters of the book, including those covering general and specific plans, sustainability and climate change regulations, housing, specially regulated land uses, and compliance with federal, state and regional agency requirements for wetlands and endangered species, wastewater and stormwater discharges, annexation issues, and much more.
Steven frequently authors articles and gives presentations on land use law, public agency compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, density bonus and adult business regulations, among other topics. He has spoken before the California State Bar, the League of California Cities (LOCC) and many other organizations. He previously served as the City Attorney Department representative to the LOCC’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee and the Environmental Quality Committee. Steven has also served as an expert witness on land use and Fair Housing Act issues for the City of San Diego.
- University of California at Merced, public/private master development. Steven represents the University of California at Merced in implementing preliminary aspects of an innovative public-private master development plan to accommodate a planned increase in students from 6,800 to 10,000. The pioneering project involves negotiating a range of new and innovative agreements, such as utility services and transportation agreements with the City of Merced and Merced County, as well as agreements to implement wetland mitigation requirements.
- BART Cooperative Agreement, City of South San Francisco. Negotiated a cooperative agreement between the City of South San Francisco and BART related to the South San Francisco BART Station and the use of BART/SamTrans right-of-way for a linear park above the underground transit system. The League of California Cities awarded the linear park, known as Centennial Way, the 2010 Helen Putnam Award.
- JAKS, LLC. Retail Commercial Overlay District Zone Change, Hemet Calif. Assisted JAKS in obtaining approval of a zone change to establish an overlay zone allowing retail and light industrial uses on a 37-acre parcel.
- Bay West Cove Specific Plan, Zoning and Owner Participation Agreements, City of South San Francisco. Reviewed and edited specific plans, zoning ordinances and precise plans for commercial, biotechnology research and development, and hotel development adjacent to San Francisco Bay. Steven also reviewed the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and related California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) findings. Finally, he prepared and negotiated owner participation agreements with multiple property owners in the specific plan/redevelopment area.
- Hollywood Park Specific Plan, Development Agreement and Owner Participation Agreement, City of Inglewood and Inglewood Redevelopment Agency. Negotiated and prepared a development agreement and advised on the specific plan and owner participation agreement for the re-use of the Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood. The project authorized 2,995 residential units, 620,000 square feet of retail, 75,000 square feet of office, a 300-room hotel, and renovation and expansion of an existing on-site casino.
- Oyster Point Ventures Life Science Campus and Marina Ferry Village. Served as lead negotiator for the City of South San Francisco and its redevelopment agency regarding a 2.25-million-square-foot life sciences campus, including office and research facilities, hotel, retail marina and public recreation open space. Advised on the preparation and negotiation of (1) a general plan amendment, specific plan amendment, zone change, subdivision map and owner participation agreements, (2) disposition and development agreement that provided public and private financing, and (3) agreement with the harbor district regarding facility improvements.
- Langbein Property, Sonoma County. Advised a property owner on obtaining changes to a draft general plan to maintain current use rights. Steven also advised the property owner on actions necessary to obtain a general plan amendment and zone change to allow for residential development on the property.
- Crows Landing Naval Air Facility Re-use Project/CCP West Park Development, County of Stanislaus. Advised the County of Stanislaus on a program and project-level EIR associated with the development of a general plan amendment, specific plan and disposition and development agreement for the re-use and redevelopment of the 1,528-acre former Landing Naval Air Facility and 1,268 adjacent acres. The proposed industrial and commercial development included an inland rail port and airport. Major environmental issues included greenhouse gas emissions, water supply and traffic impacts.
- Elmwood Area Commercial and Residential Development, City of Milpitas. Prepared and negotiated a draft disposition and development agreement and land use entitlements, including a vesting tentative map, for the City of Milpitas and its redevelopment agency. The project included a 683-unit market rate and affordable residential development, 180,000-square-feet commercial development for automobile dealerships, 6 acres of public parks, 8.4 acres of open space and extensive streetscape improvements.
- Frontier Community Builders Residential and Public Recreational Project, City of Lodi. Helped the City of Lodi prepare and negotiate development agreements, land use entitlements (general plan amendment, zoning, annexation, tentative map and growth management allocation) and an EIR for a master plan development of approximately 1,900 residential units and a community park. The development also provided financing and land for substantial public infrastructure improvements.
- Genentech Facilities Master Plan Update and Master Environmental Impact Report, City of South San Francisco. Reviewed and edited a Master Land Use Plan and Master EIR for the Genentech campus expansion project, adding 3 million square feet of office, research and development, and light industrial development to the existing corporate campus.
- Georgia Pacific Mill Site Re-use Plan, City of Fort Bragg. Guided the City of Fort Bragg and its redevelopment agency in the entitlement process for the re-use of the coastal 425-acre Georgia Pacific Mill Site. Steven advised on CEQA compliance; site remediation; development of a specific plan and related land use entitlements (including Coastal Act compliance and negotiation of a development agreement); conveyance of open space; and preparation of redevelopment documents associated with the site’s re-use.
- Milpitas BART Station EIR and Supplemental EIR, City of Milpitas. Assisted the City of Milpitas in reviewing and commenting on draft and final EIRs for the proposed BART stations within the city. Steven also helped secure project design options requested by the city.
- Milpitas Midtown Specific Plan, City of Milpitas. Helped the City of Milpitas prepare a specific plan and EIR and related findings for the Midtown Specific Plan area. The specific plan anticipates the redevelopment of approximately 1,000 acres of existing development within midtown Milpitas and the addition of 4,000 residential units and retail and commercial development in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
- Milpitas Project Area No. 1 Redevelopment Plan Amendment and Related Residential and Commercial Development, City of Milpitas and Milpitas Redevelopment Agency. Assisted the City of Milpitas and its redevelopment agency with preparing a redevelopment plan amendment and related CEQA documents to expand Milpitas Redevelopment Project Area No. 1 and to facilitate residential and commercial development and construction of public facilities, including a new library, health center, two parking garages and streetscape improvements. Steven also negotiated and assisted in preparing agreements with the county for payments of tax increment revenue generated from the project area.
- Reynolds Ranch Mixed Use Development, City of Lodi. Advised the City of Lodi on preparing and negotiating a development agreement, land use entitlements (general plan amendment, zoning, annexation, tentative map and growth management allocation) and an EIR for a commercial, office and residential development. The 220-acre project included a Blue Shield Call Center, retail and residential developments, parks, a fire station, a school and other facilities.
- South San Francisco Wastewater Treatment Plant and Collection System and Storm Water Drainage System Projects, South San Francisco. Counseled the City of South Francisco on preparing and editing draft environmental review documents and related findings for a $100 million retrofit and expansion project for the wastewater treatment plant, sewer system and stormwater collection system in South San Francisco.
- Terrabay Specific Plan, Zoning and Development Agreement and Related EIRs, City of South San Francisco. Reviewed and edited specific plans, zoning ordinances and precise plans for a mixed-use development—including low- and high-density housing, open space, public infrastructure and amenities, and 600,000 square feet of office and retail development on San Bruno Mountain. Steven also reviewed and edited phased EIRs and related CEQA findings for the project and negotiated development agreements for all development phases.
- Wavecrest Mixed Use Development, City of Half Moon Bay. Assisted the City of Half Moon Bay with the preparation and approval of the Wavecrest Specific Plan, a development agreement, a tentative map, a coastal development permit and an EIR for a mixed-use development near the coast. The project included residential and commercial development, open space, and public amenities (sports fields, coastal trail, etc.).
Honors and Awards
- AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
- “Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning,” Martindale-Hubbell
- “Top 25 Municipal Lawyers in California,” Daily Journal, 2011
Presentations and Publications
- Author, “New Law Creates Streamlined, Ministerial Approval Process for Certain Housing Projects,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, October 2017
- Presenter, “Redevelopment in the Post-Redevelopment Agency World: How Will it Work? What Are the Keys to Success?” PEMA Luncheon, 2012
- Presenter, “Liquor Stores, Bars and Nightclubs: Conditional Use Permits and Best Practices for Regulating Alcohol Sales,” League of California Cities (LOCC) Annual Conference, 2011
- Presenter, Sustainable Development Strategies: “Get Informed and Participate in Developing the Regulations or Get Run Over,” California State Bar Real Property Section Annual Meeting, 2009
- Presenter, "Public & Private Partnerships," Sonoma County Bar Association, 2008
- Presenter, "Sustainability Regulations: Surveying Trends Involving Voluntary, Mandatory and Incentive Based Standards and Analyzing the Legal Framework and Relative Successes and Challenges of Various Standards,” California Environmental Law Conference, 2008
- Presenter, “The Development Process in a Nutshell,” California State Bar Annual Conference, 2008
- Presenter, "Advanced Zoning and Land Use," Lorman Seminar, 2007 and 2006
- Presenter, “California Land Use Practice Annual Update,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) 2007
- Presenter, “The Development Process in a Nutshell,” The State Bar of California, 2006
- Presenter, "Land Use Update," LOCC, 2006
- Presenter, “Zoning and Land Use in California,” Lorman Seminar, 2006
- Presenter, “A Year in the Life of a Development Deal,” Lorman Seminar, 2006
- Presenter, California Land Use Practice, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) 2006
- Presenter, "SB 1818 Density Bonus Law – The New Math," LOCC, City Attorney Continuing Education Series, 2005
- Presenter, "Major Land Use Laws," NBI Seminar, 2005
- Presenter, California Zoning Practice Update, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) 2004 and 2005
- Presenter, "California Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning Law,” 2002
- Author, “Regulating Adult Business,” Western City Magazine, 1992
- Author, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Obligations Imposed on Public Entities,” Public Law Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1992
- Member, The State Bar of California
- University of California at Davis, King Hall School of LawJD, 1991
- University of California at Los AngelesMA, Architecture and Urban Planning, 1988
- University of California at IrvineBA, Social Ecology with an emphasis in Urban Planning, 1986