URBP 229

This webpage provides access to course materials and reading for URBP 229, Planning and Environmental Law. Any questions should be e-mailed to the course instructor, Keith Sugar.

Week 1

The Legal System: An introduction to the law of regulation.

Week 2

The Police Power: The basis of all land use regulation.

Weeks 3 & 4

The General Plan: The Constitution of all local land use planning.

  • Cal. Gov't Code Section 65300, et seq.

Authority and Purpose

Required Elements

Adequacy

  • Cal Gov't Code Section 65358 and 65359
  • Garat v. City of Riverside, 2 CA4th 259 (1992)

Application


Weeks 5 - 6

Zoning: Land use prescriptions for the general welfare.

  • Cal. Gov't Code Section 65800, et seq.

Application to Charter Cities

Due Process Considerations

  • Cal Gov't Code Sections 65850 - 65858

Non-Conforming Uses

Variances

Conditional Use Permits


Weeks 7-8

The California Environmental Quality Act: Public Disclosure and Informed Decision Making

  • California Public Resources Code Section 21000, et seq., 14 California Code of Regulations Section 15000, et seq. (CEQA Guidelines)
  • CEQA Primer [.pdf]
  • Laurel Heights Improvement Association v. Regents of the University of California, 47 CA3d 376 (1989)
  • City of Carmel-By-The-Sea v. Board of Supervisors 183 CA3d 29 (1986)
  • Pocket Protectors v. City of Sacramento (December 1, 2004)
  • Santiago Water District v. County of Orange 118 CA3d 818 (1981)
  • Western States Petroleum Assn. v. Superior Court, 9 C4th 559 (1995)
  • Kings County Farm Bureau v. City of Hanford, 221 CA3d 692 (1990)

Week 9

Interim Ordinances and Moratoria

  • Gov't Code Section 65858
  • Building Industry Legal Defense Fund v. Superior Court 72 CA4th 1410 (1999)
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church v. County of L.A. 482 U.S. 304 (1987)

Week 10

The Subdivision Map Act: Regulation, design and control of land divisions

  • Gov't Code Section 66400, et seq.
  • Horn v. County of Ventura 24 C3d 605 (1979)
  • Youngblood v. Board of Supervisors 24 C3d 644 (1979)
  • Knoell v. City of Lompoc, 195 CA3d 378 (1987)
  • Griffis v. County of Mono, 163 CA3d 414 (1985)
  • Real Property Journal: Avoiding New and Old Procedural Pitfalls

Week 11

Vested Rights and Due Process

  • Malibu Mountains Recreation Inc. v. County of L.A. 67 CA4th 359 (1998)
  • Avco Community Developers, Inc. v. South Coast Regional Commission, 17 C3d 785 (1976)

Development Agreements

  • Gov't Code Sections 65864-65867
  • Edelstein, Development Agreement Practice...22 Stetson L. Rev. 761 (1993)

Fair Play

  • Clark v. City of Hermosa Beach 48 CA4th 1152

Weeks 12 - 13

Inverse Condemnation, Takings and Exactions

Weeks 14 - 15

Annexations and Redevelopment

  • Health and Safety Code Sections 33300, et seq.
  • Gov't Code Sections 54900, et seq.
  • Kehoe v. City of Berkeley (1977)67 CA3d 666
  • Daniel Curtin, Curtin's California Land Use and Planning Law, Chapter 16, "LAFCO's"