Land Use and Development

Attorneys of Neumiller & Beardslee practicing in the field of land use are challenged on a daily basis to determine answers to issues that arise from virtually the entire spectrum of the development process. Such issues include: development plan applications, administrative hearings before a number of different governmental agencies, land use entitlement approvals, and tentative, vesting, and final subdivision map processing. For various clients, we make frequent appearances at local planning commissions and governing bodies.

A major aspect of this area of practice concerns the proper interpretation of general plans, specific plans, zoning regulations, state and local regulations, and the California Environmental Quality Act. If disputes develop which necessitate litigation, our attorneys are prepared to advocate the client’s interest in court.

In development issues, attorneys practicing in this area encounter a wide variety of issues centering round real estate acquisition and sales, including development, management and financing. Our attorneys represent developers, builders, homeowners associations, farmers and ranchers and businesses in all aspects of property acquisitions and sales. Assistance with a subdivision organization includes preparation of CC&Rs, creation of homeowners associations, preparation and submittal of documents to the Department of Real Estate, and all aspects of financing a given venture. Our office has also been involved in numerous residential developments as well as commercial subdivision, such as office and medical buildings, shopping centers, industrial parks, and auto centers.

Attorneys in this field also become involved with business organization and planning for real estate developers, including joint venture agreements, development agreements, rental agreements, and leases.

This department assists clients in addressing the risks associated with the acquisition, sale, leasing and financing of real property. Attorneys work with clients in performing due diligence with respect to local, state and federal environmental and land use permitting regulations. Attorneys further assist in drafting the necessary agreements for compliance and protection under these regulations.