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Civil Litigation Division

Land Use Litigation Unit

The Land Use Litigation Unit (LULU) prosecutes and defends all real property, land use, development and environmental actions on behalf of the City of San Diego. LULU provides specialized knowledge and representation of the City in the following types of litigation:

  • Prosecutes and defends legal actions involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state and federal eminent domain actions, and constitutional issues related to the use of land, real estate valuation and real estate development.
  • Prosecutes and defends actions relating to administrative decisions by the City involving the subdivision map act, zoning, permitting and other administrative procedures.
  • Defends and initiates land use cases, including writs of mandamus and prohibition, CEQA writs, and property damage claims arising from floods, sewer backups, soil subsidence, etc.
  • Advises City Council and City Departments relating to potential litigation and settlement of claims involving land use matters.