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Mastering the Map Act

This program will acquaint you with the scope and implications of the Subdivision Map Act and the different roles played by attorneys in the mapping and development process.

How should you advise developers and subdividers or public agencies reviewing applications under the Act? What should you look for in reviewing subdivision proceedings for local agencies? Our speakers discuss the Act’s legal requirements, map approval process, frequently encountered problems, and practical solutions. They draw on their own practical experience for the information you will need to counsel your clients and avoid common pitfalls.

At this program, we will cover:
  • What divisions of land are covered by the Map Act and local ordinances
  • The types of maps and how to determine which map is required
  • How to coordinate Map Act approvals with other land use entitlements
  • The acquisition of vested rights, including vesting tentative maps and development agreements
  • The procedure for filing, getting approval of, and recording maps
  • Formal map requirements, approvals, denials, and administrative appeals
  • Imposition of fees and exactions by local agencies approving maps
  • Enforcement, reversions, exemptions, and exclusions
  • Judicial review
  • Antiquated maps and subdivisions
  • Significant legislative enactments, judicial decisions, changes, and trends


Program Highlights:
  • The Subdivision Map Act and its provisions
  • Coordinating with other land use requirements
  • Acquiring vested rights
  • Helping the developer obtain approval
  • Proper local agency review and consideration of subdivision applications
  • Special issues and new developments


Assumes some experience in handling real property matters but no experience in representing developers.