Steve regularly counsels developers, public agencies, businesses and homeowners, including coastal property owners, on land development issues such as securing land use permits (including coastal permits and major general plan and zoning amendments). He also serves as general counsel to a regional water agency and a local sanitary district.
In addition, Steve has significant experience in counseling established businesses and associations, including a prestigious private school, a movie theater corporation and a ranch owners association. He also represents a number of public agencies and advises businesses and individuals facing problems with public agencies. For example, he advised a major California water agency in the permitting, financing, planning and construction of a $600 million water distribution system and treatment plant and, more recently, represented a California special district in securing permits for construction of a new trunk line extending through multiple jurisdictions and abandonment of a portion of an existing trunk line partially located in a state and federally designated wetland.
Much of Steve’s work concerns matters that involve California’s Central Coast, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. He is among the best attorneys in California when it comes to coastal land use regulations for residential and commercial developments.
In recent years, Steve has counseled the owner of a 25,000-acre cattle ranch, one of the largest remaining undeveloped properties along the California coast, on land use, Coastal Act and environmental issues. He has also advised a major national utility in securing land use permits for a system upgrade on the Central Coast and represented a major California residential builder in securing permits for a beach-area condominium project, including successful environmental litigation defending those permits.
Environmental Impact Analyses:
Environmental impact analyses are part of doing business for anyone developing land in California. A significant part of Steve’s practice involves reviewing environmental impact reports and advising clients on what steps need to be taken prior to land development to ensure compliance with state law. From extensive experience representing clients and as a former land use and environmental attorney for the City of Los Angeles, he is thoroughly familiar with the process associated with environmental review.