Real Estate

Land Use


In the real estate development arena, professional success depends upon compliance with a diverse and ever-evolving array of planning, zoning and environmental requirements.

Practical knowledge and experience working with dynamic community, natural resources, governmental and political interests are also critical to quality project completion. Land use policies and procedures are constantly in flux and vary widely among different regional and local jurisdictions. A deep understanding of these myriad regulatory regimes -- as well as the interplay between them -- can mean the difference between development success and failure.

Greenberg Glusker has a fully integrated land use practice representing commercial, industrial, residential and hospitality industry interests. Our clients are lenders, golf course, hotel and resort operators, office and shopping center developers, big-box retail developers, commercial and residential brokerage firms, construction companies and real estate investors in a wide variety of transactions.  Our project experience ranges from routine entitlement approvals to large, multiphase master planned developments.

Our Real Estate Group combines comprehensive and strategic land use advice with a pragmatic problem-solving approach.  Our practice background and expertise includes general plans, specific plans, subdivisions, variances, conditional use permits, zone changes, site plan reviews, development agreements, coastal development permits, initiatives and referenda, and similar entitlement issues our clients encounter.

We often act as land use counsel on transactions that involve particularly sensitive biological or natural resources or involve emerging environmental or land use issues. We manage issues such as compliance with evolving greenhouse gas emission development requirements and limitations, mitigation of impacted environmental resources, public-private land developments arrangements, and innovative, mixed-use urban infill projects.  Our counsel on special purpose projects includes warehousing and distribution, soundstages, motion picture production and post-production facilities, and light and heavy industrial projects.

In all the land use challenges we advise on, our goal is to assist our clients in managing and minimizing development risks within applicable laws and regulations.