practice areas

Land Use

Pioneer Law Group, LLP represents clients on the entire spectrum of land use planning, entitlements, and project permitting.  These issues include, among others: Project development, deal structure, due diligence, and financing for both profit and nonprofit business ventures and public‑private partnerships Entitlement strategy and adoption of general plans, specific plans, redevelopment plans, and zoning ordinances Negotiating and drafting development‑related agreements, such as development agreements and finance plans Representing clients before the Local Agency Formation Commission (“LAFCO”) Advising clients on the impacts of the anchor state and federal environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, the Williamson Act, SMARA, CEQA, NEPA, the Porter‑Cologne Water Quality Act, the Coastal Act, and other related natural resource and environmental statutes. In addition, the lawyers at Pioneer have experience working on some of the most significant land use related projects in California with a particular emphasis on urban development and public/private partnerships.  Examples of these projects include:


The lawyers at Pioneer were the lead counsel for the acquisition, entitlement, and subsequent litigation defense of the largest urban infill project in the country.  The site, a brownfield that covers approximately 61 city blocks, was successfully entitled with over 12,000 residential units, 2 million square feet of office, and 1.5 million square feet of commercial.  In addition to the entitlements and environmental review, the project has procured to date over $300 million in local, state, and federal funds.


Pioneer represents landowners in the development of the riverfront in West Sacramento.  This project, which included a Specific Plan, tentative map, and development agreement, received over $23 million dollars in infrastructure bond funding from the State of California.


LUPIN ‑ California Land Use Planning Information Network

Land and Water Use

Urban Land Institute

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