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[ HANDLING A LAND USE CASE | RIGHTS OF THE REGULATED | ZONING ]
[ ENVIRONMENTAL LAW | GENERAL PLANS | SUBDIVISIONS ]
[
BUILDING AND HOUSING CODES | DEVELOPMENT FEES AND EXACTIONS ]
[ OTHER LAND USE CONCEPTS AND CONTROLS ]
[ LAND USE PROCEDURES | JUDICIAL REVIEW AND REMEDIES ]

 
HANDLING A LAND USE CASE
  • understanding the development process
  • permit application and hearing
  • resolving disputes without litigation
  • land use litigation checklist
  •  
    RIGHTS OF THE REGULATED
    No Taking Without Compensation
  • what constitutes a taking?
  • the remedy - invalidation and damages
  • guidelines for analyzing taking issues
  • Due Process and Equal Protection
  • discriminatory regulations
  • exclusionary zoning
  • spot zoning
  • Other Constitutional Protections
  • expression, religion
  • association, privacy
  • Vested Rights and Estoppel
  • classic vested rights
  • contractual vested rights
  • types of estoppel
  • Preemption
  • federal supremacy
  • state law
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    ZONING
    Approach to Obtaining Relief
    Methods and Types of Zoning Controls
  • zoning districts
  • architectural control
  • growth control
  • transfer of development rights
  • height and bulk restrictions
  • moratoria
  • discretionary permit review
  • Special Regulations for Special Uses
  • big box retail stores
  • signs and billboards
  • alcohol sales
  • marijuana dispensaries
  • adult entertainment
  • video games
  • firearms shows & stores
  • street vendors
  • newspaper racks
  • condominiums and time shares
  • mobile homes and recreational vehicles
  • solar wind energy systems
  • home occupations
  • second dwelling units
  • wireless facilities
  • Variances and Conditional Use Permits
    Nonconforming Uses and Structures
    Enforcement of Zoning Regulations
  • administrative enforcement
  • criminal prosecution
  • civil injunction
  • defenses
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    ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
    California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • guidelines
  • projects subject to CEQA
  • exemptions
  • initial study
  • negative declarations
  • The EIR
  • purpose, type and adequacy
  • contents of an EIR
  • the EIR process
  • special issues - water supply, greenhouse gas emissions
  • Other Environmental Controls
  • water quality controls
  • air quality controls
  • solid waste management
  • hazardous waste controls
  • noise control
  • endangered species protection
  • wetlands protection
  • NEPA
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    GENERAL PLANS
    Approach to General Plan Issues
    Mandated Elements of the General Plan
  • land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety element
  • Adequacy of the General Plan
  • compliance with statutory criteria
  • state guidelines
  • checklist for legal adequacy
  • The Consistency Doctrine
  • zoning and subdivision consistency
  • public project consistency
  • internal consistency among elements
  • Specific Plans
  • content and procedure
  • legal effect
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    SUBDIVISIONS
    Subdivision Map Act
  • land divisions included and exclusions
  • tentative, parcel, and final maps
  • lot line adjustments
  • merger of parcels
  • antiquated subdivisions
  • mobile home park subdivisions
  • Subdivided Lands Act
    Procedural Checklist
    Subdivision Approval or Disapproval
  • grounds for approval/disapproval
  • tentative maps
  • final maps
  • Conditions of Subdivision Approval
  • dedications, improvements and fees
  • improvement agreement and security
  • Enforcement Remedies and Penalties
  • local agency remedies for violations
  • purchasers remedies
  • certificate of compliance
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    BUILDING AND HOUSING CODES
  • uniform building codes
  • state housing law
  • factory-built housing and mobile homes
  • building and occupancy permits
  • abatement of unsafe buildings
  • inspections and enforcement
  •  
    DEVELOPMENT FEES AND EXACTIONS
    Analysis of Fee or Exaction Issues
  • types of exactions
  • checklist
  • Authority to Impose Fees and Exactions
  • constitutional police power
  • legislative authority
  • Limitations on the Exaction Power
  • discretionary decision
  • rational relationship nexus
  • prop 13, 62, and 218 constraints
  • The Development Fee Law
  • procedures for adopting and imposing fees
  • nexus required
  • management of fees
  • contesting fees
  • Contesting Fees and Exactions
     
    OTHER LAND USE CONCEPTS AND CONTROLS
  • state and regional controls
  • homeowner associations and CC&Rs
  • rent control
  • community redevelopment
  • housing obligations and incentives
  • taxation as a land use control
  • nuisance law
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    LAND USE PROCEDURES
    State Statutory Standards/Local Rules
    The Development Permit Process
  • permit streamlining act
  • coordination with CEQA
  • time limits
  • Procedural Due Process/Notice and Hearing
  • general and specific notice
  • hearing procedures
  • staff report/evidence
  • reconsideration, rehearing, and appeal
  • The Decision-Making Process
  • bias and fairness
  • motives
  • conflict of interest
  • voting
  • findings
  • Initiative and Referendum
  • when applicable
  • procedures
  •  
    JUDICIAL REVIEW AND REMEDIES
    Judicial Remedies
  • statutory remedies
  • mandamus
  • injunctions
  • declaratory relief
  • damages
  • civil rights actions
  • fines and penalties
  • SLAPP suits
  • Choice of Court and Litigation Strategies
  • factors in selection
  • federal abstention
  • parties and standing to sue
  • Defenses and Limitations
  • premature claims/ripeness
  • exhaust administrative remedies
  • statute of limitations
  • equitable and other defenses
  • Attorney Fees
  • private attorney general theory
  • substantial benefit theory
  • civil rights litigation
  • capricious and frivolous actions
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