Real Property and Land Use Section
The 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, Land Use and Housing Committee, Park and Recreation Board and Housing Authority. 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.