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Land Use Planning & Zoning (Environmental)


Land use, planning, and zoning powers allow California’s communities to define what makes them unique, and to protect that local character.  Whether striving for economic development, addressing mansionization, responding to housing pressures, negotiating development agreements, protecting historic resources, or planning for the agricultural and open space needs of the community, RWG’s land use experts can assist in achieving those goals.  Planning and land use controls are effective and powerful tools, but careful drafting and application is important to avoid legal risks and challenges. 

We guide our clients through the complexities of developing and implementing effective, legally defensible general plans, specific plans, and zoning ordinances.

Whether faced with commercial and hotel development, infill and redevelopment projects, neighborhood compatibility challenges, or economic development, RWG’s lawyers have developed skills and experience to help each community reach its goals. 


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