Land Use, Mining & Water

Resolving land use challenges

Developers, property owners, and investors know all too well how complex land use regulations can lead a project off track. But when you work with the experienced land use attorneys at Gresham Savage, your pursuit of governmental approvals and entitlements won’t be a hassle.

Whether your project is ground-up construction or reuse of an existing site, our attorneys take care of the legal details so you can focus on development. Gresham Savage can assist with all facets of development, from initial environmental due diligence, to the acquisition of land use approvals that will help maximize the use of your property. With a firm history spanning more than 100 years, our attorneys have the experience, expertise, agency connections, and legal knowledge to handle your matter efficiently and effectively.

Broad experience with all types of development

Gresham Savage can help you meet the requirements of virtually any law at the local, state, or federal level. We are experts in the California Environmental Quality Act, commonly referred to as CEQA, a law that few attorneys know inside and out the way that we do.  In addition, our attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of California Planning and Zoning Law. We have appeared at hundreds of planning commission and city council hearings on behalf of project proponents and secured highly contested land use approvals in jurisdictions throughout the state.  We have also defended hundreds of lawsuits filed in opposition to our clients’ projects and regularly appear before trial and appellate courts.

Over the years, our attorneys have assisted one of the largest national retail corporations with site acquisition and planning, government approvals, and environmental analysis for nearly every store opened in Southern and Central California. We’ve represented one of the largest freight railroad networks in the country, including the historic Tehachapi Railway. In addition, we have also handled the redevelopment of military bases; obtained land use entitlements for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills; and worked with developers who converted a historic Los Angeles building into condos.

Gresham Savage regularly represents developers working on:

  • Retail and shopping centers
  • Manufacturing, warehouses, distribution centers and logistics centers
  • Residential projects, including multi-family and senior housing
  • Schools and educational institutions
  • Automotive uses, such as truck facilities, car washes and auto dealerships
  • Hospitals
  • Military base reuse
  • Entertainment and performing arts centers
  • Mining projects
  • Cemeteries
  • Development Agreements

Deep ties to the mining industry

Since the Firm’s inception more than 100 years ago, Gresham Savage has remained one of the preeminent mining law firms in the state.  Over the years, our attorneys have helped companies mine precious metals, calcium carbonate, limestone, talc, and borax, in addition to other materials.  Our attorneys have also assisted with the operations of numerous sand and gravel companies.

Gresham Savage is one of the few law firms in California with the skill and experience necessary to assist mining operations from inception up through reclamation.

Water law expertise

To conduct business in California’s complicated water environment, developers, businesses, water suppliers, and agricultural entities need to comply with an increasingly complex array of federal and state regulations, including the State Water Resources Control Board’s Emergency Water Conservation Regulations, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the Federal Clean Water Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, CEQA, NEPA, and Senate Bills 610 and 221.  Our firm’s water attorneys are among a handful of attorneys in the state equipped to assist clients in complying with these regulations and in acquiring, maintaining, and protecting their water rights and the water supplies they require.

We guide clients through the complexities of evaluating and establishing water rights, and work with technical consultants to achieve creative and practical solutions to their water needs.  Our clients are involved in sustainable groundwater agency formation proceedings, some of California’s largest and most complex groundwater adjudications, large and small scale commercial and residential development projects, and State, county, and local administrative proceedings.

Strong working relationships with government agencies

Our attorneys regularly interface with representatives from a multitude of state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the High Speed Rail Authority, the California Coastal Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the California Air Resources Board.

As a result of our attorneys’ familiarity with these regulatory agencies, our attorneys are able to successfully negotiate productive solutions for our clients.

Do you need to secure land use approvals for your development project? Regardless of the size, scale or sector, Gresham Savage can help. Contact one of our offices today.