California Land Use & Planning Law, 37th Edition
California Land Use & Planning Law, 37th Edition
Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray

California Land Use & Planning Law, 37th Edition

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  • ISBN: 978-1-938166-33-4
  • Copyright (c) 2020
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California Land Use & Planning Law is published biennially.

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For over three decades, California Land Use & Planning Law has provided a succinct and definitive summary of the major provisions of California's land use and planning laws. It has been cited by the California Supreme Court and numerous appellate courts as an authoritative source.

"This great book is my primary source of definitive information on California Planning Law. It's the first reference I reach for when questions about "takings," the Subdivision Map Act, and legal interpretations arise." —Terry Rivasplata, co-author, CEQA Deskbook

This 37th edition summarizes two years of published decisions, statutory revisions and other agency policies and guidance, including:

  • Analysis of the multiple legislative changes designed to promote housing development and further constrain local agency authority to disapprove housing projects that are consistent with the General Plan and zoning (chapter 15)
  • Discussion of changes to the Elections Code removing the ability of initiative proponents to compel consideration of a measure at a special election (chapter 13)
  • Discussion of numerous cases decided under CEQA addressing when the requirement to comply with CEQA is triggered, the types of impacts required to be evaluated under CEQA, application of exemptions and exceptions thereto, evaluation of climate change and energy impacts, and the scope of alternatives to be identified (chapter 6)
  • Analysis of the continued uncertainty over the definition of the “waters of the United States” for determining federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and the ongoing regulatory efforts to formulate a new definition (chapter 7)
  • Analysis of new case law on the listing and delisting of species under the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, and new federal policies and regulations on the protection of critical habitat (chapter 8)
  • Analysis of toughened statewide goals for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and indications from the California Supreme Court that more stringent regulations and evolving science will affect the analysis of climate change impacts under CEQA (chapter 16)
  • Discussion of case law upholding use of Mello-Roos tax imposed as a condition of approval of new residential development to finance a range of governmental services and facilities (chapter 12)
  • Analysis of case law confirming there is no “discovery rule” that delays CEQA statutory deadlines until the plaintiff knows of the existence of a claim (chapter 19)
  • Discussion of the Pfeiffer-McDougal rule and the circumstances when proceeding with development authorized with a permit results in waiver of objections to permit conditions (chapter 19)
For 27 years, Dan Curtin authored this book as a desk reference for those interested in California land use and planning law. Cecily joined Dan as a co-author in 2000 and worked with him to continually update the book based on their own and their partners’ decades of experience representing both public agencies and private developers. Following Dan’s passing in November 2006, Matt joined Cecily—first as Managing Editor and later as co-author—in preserving and expanding upon the legacy Dan started with this book. Like all editions published since his passing, this book is again dedicated to Dan.



Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray are both partners in the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie LLP, representing a range of local agencies, real estate developers and landowners in all stages of the land use entitlement and development process.

Cecily Talbert Barclay regularly speaks and writes on topics involving land use and local government law, including programs and articles for state and national associations and conferences. She is also the president of two nonprofit affordable housing coporations and was named 2012 San Francisco Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. She received her law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.

Matthew S. Gray graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected the Order of the Coif. Matt clerked for the Honorable Jerome Farris, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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