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Coastal (Environmental)


The California Coastal Act plays a significant role in almost every project in the coastal zone.  A thorough understanding of the Act and how it gets applied in practice is critical both to projects sponsored by public agencies and those undertaken by private parties. 

RWG’s attorneys are experienced in working with the Coastal Act and all aspects of coastal regulation.  Our knowledge of the Act allows us to assist with coastal permits and exemptions, administrative appeals, local coastal programs, enforcement actions, and related local entitlements and CEQA compliance.  In addition, our familiarity with how both local agencies and the statewide California Coastal Commission implement the Act in practice means that we approach projects with efficiency, common sense, and creativity. 

Our experience with the Coastal Act translates into help every step of the way.  We provide advice regarding a project’s compliance with the Coastal Act, appear at administrative hearings on project approvals, and handle appeals to the Coastal Commission.  When litigation arises following an administrative decision, we are fully prepared to assist.  We have experience both supporting project approvals by local agencies and the California Coastal Commission and challenging decisions of the Coastal Commission. 

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