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Land Use and Development

Solutions for the Complex Issues in Local and State Land Use Law

Land use issues can present formidable obstacles in the path of even the best-laid land development plans. In Placer County and the surrounding areas of Northern California, the law firm to trust for any-sized problem or issue involving city, county or state land use law is Reynolds Maddux Woodward LLP.

Our Practice

Our practice encompasses all aspects of the planning, zoning, subdivision, entitlement, permitting and construction of development projects. We are comfortable pursuing large-scale master-planned communities; hospitals; hotels and office buildings; universities; airports and other public infrastructure projects; industrial facilities for manufacturing and energy production and other uses. We are equally happy to assist our clients with small subdivisions, lot line adjustments, parcel maps and code enforcement actions.

Lawyers at our firm offer a broad range of experience with general and specific plans; zoning, development agreements; subdivision approvals; infrastructure finance and development; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other California laws affecting the use and development of real property.

Specific assets we bring to this area of our practice include:

  • Local Knowledge and Relationships — In land use law, intimate local knowledge of politics, players and communities is essential. Our attorneys have earned the respect and trust of local government officials and other legal professionals throughout Northern California who regularly deal with land use issues. Whether your matter involves developing a processing strategy for a specific plan or cooperating to resolve a code enforcement claim, the relationships, knowledge and reputation for integrity we have formed over decades of working, both professionally and as public leaders, in our communities can be invaluable.
  • Expertise in Environmental Matters — Our knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the time and effort we put into helping you prepare your application and the previous successful experiences we have to draw from can help you overcome legal challenges and obtain project approval.
  • Developer and Opposition-Side Experience — Although the majority of our work has been on the development side of land use issues, we are also willing to represent certain opposition groups and have been equally effective at advocating their interests. The fact that we understand the issues and arguments on both sides only increases our overall effectiveness.
  • Winery Development and Compliance Law — Our firm has extensive personal and professional expertise in the wine industry. Phillip J. Maddux is the owner of and winemaker for Lone Buffalo Vineyards, a small boutique Sierra Foothills winery and vineyard. This provides Reynolds Maddux Woodward LLP with unique hands-on experience and perspective in winery land use and development issues, winery entity formation and regulatory issues involving local authorities, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Speak to an attorney at Reynolds Maddux Woodward LLP by calling our Auburn, California, law offices directly at 530.885.8500 or by contacting us online.