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Advisory Division

Real Property and Land Use Section

The transactional attorneys in this section provide legal advice to the City on issues involving the management and leasing of the City's extensive real estate portfolio, and public and private land use development projects. The real estate attorneys negotiate, draft, and review numerous real property-related contracts and associated documents, including purchase and sale agreements, leases, right-of-entry permits, and deeds. The land use attorneys assist City staff with all aspects of public and private development in the City, including land use entitlements, condominium conversions, telecommunication facilities, building code issues, community planning issues, financing issues, housing projects, and the associated environmental review. Additionally, the lawyers staff and provide advice to the Planning Commission, Historical Resources Board, Hearing Officers, Airport Advisory Committee, Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, Park and Recreation Board, and Housing Authority of the City of San Diego. The attorneys also review environmental documents to ensure the City's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and advise on compliance with the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP), and the state and federal Endangered Species Act.

The Land Use Litigation attorneys prosecute and defend legal actions on behalf of the City in state and federal court, including challenges involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), eminent domain actions, constitutional issues related to the use of land, real estate development, and administrative decisions involving the Subdivision Map Act, zoning, and permitting.