Coastal Zone Development

Coastal Zone Development

Overview

Developing land within California's coastal zone is challenging. Regulatory hurdles can be as daunting for the individual homeowner as they are for the developer of a master planned community. The additional layer of regulation associated with coastal zone development sits atop California's already complex land use process and often overlaps with the jurisdiction of other state and federal agencies, particularly those whose roles involve the protection of natural resources.

Cox, Castle & Nicholson is one of a handful of California firms with deep experience in guiding clients through the coastal zone regulatory process. We have helped planned community builders, individual homeowners, hotels, hospitals, oil operators, shopping mall developers, and public agencies obtain their Coastal Development Permits. In court, our attorneys have successfully both challenged the Commission's denial of permits and, at other times, stood side-by-side with the Commission to defend approved permits.

The collective resources of our Coastal Zone Practice provide our clients the expertise, historical perspective, and practical thinking needed to achieve their objectives for their coastal zone properties. With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County, we are well positioned to assist in the entitlement of coastal zone projects anywhere in California.

Representative
Matters

Represented a developer of a luxury coastal campground and resort in buildout of project, including defense of environmental impact and endangered species lawsuits.

Represented an operator of oil field in Orange County with respect to maintaining Coastal Act exemptions for drilling operations.

Represented a developer of an 80 lot project in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Represented a developer in obtaining a Development Agreement and other entitlements, including CEQA compliance, for a 1,600 acre wetlands restoration and residential project.

Represented an owner of shopping mall in downtown Santa Monica seeking approvals for mall reconstruction and renovation.

Represented a developer of Newport Beach apartment building seeking to replace it with luxury blufftop condominiums.

Represented an owner of blufftop apartment buildings in Pacifica in obtaining Coastal Development Permits to allow remedial work in response to bluff failures.

Represented a master developer of seven-square mile residential, retail, and resort community in Orange County.

Represented a medical facility in Newport Beach in obtaining approvals for long-term campus expansion.

Represented an oceanfront homeowner in Carlsbad in litigation to obtain Coastal Development Permit.

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Represented a public agency in processing its application for approval of a local park in the Coastal Zone.

Represented a developer of seniors' affordable housing community in obtaining approvals for project in Newport Beach and in successfully defending litigation challenging Coastal Commission's approval.

Attorneys &
Paralegals

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Birkey, Scott B. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5162
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Lamport, Stanley W. Partner Los Angeles 310.284.2275
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Morrison, Clark Partner San Francisco 415.262.5113
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Mudge, Anne E. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5107
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Paone, Tim Partner Orange County 949.260.4655
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Zischke, Michael H. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5109
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