Land Use Assessment

Environmental Impact Reports, Zoning, Preservation, Compliance and Enforcement

Overview

Edgcomb Law Group, LLP provides comprehensive legal counsel on a broad range of land-use laws.  Our practice encompasses all environmental aspects of real estate transactions and project development.  We have developed expertise in NEPA, CEQA, vested rights issues, and local zoning and planning codes.  We have been involved in a number of regulatory proceedings regarding the permitting of proposed residential developments and commercial developments, and of existing industrial facilities (quarries), particularly in Marin County, CA.  We have also litigated land use claims involving environmental impact assessment  under the federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA),  the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), and local land use laws.  We also represent a trust for public lands.

Representative Experience

Represent neighborhood groups in permitting processes regarding a large oceanfront campground, a new residential sub-division, new commercial building, and a new ridgeline home.

Represent neighborhood groups in litigation and related EIR and permitting processes regarding adjacent rock quarries.

Represent a land trust in several land use issues including negotiating land use contracts with telecommunications companies and providing comments on EIRs relevant to land trust’s goal of promoting open space and livable communities.

Articles

Edgcomb, John D.,  Cooperative Federalism and Environmental Protection: The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, 58 Tulane L. Rev. 299, 341 (1983).

LeBoeuf (nee Harrington), Courtney M., Penn Central to Palazzolo: Regulatory Takings Decisions and Their Implications for the Future of Environmental Regulation, 15 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 383 (2002).