Client Alert

City Land Use and Planning Functions During Shelter in Place and Related COVID-19 Orders

By: The Land Use Team

Major California Cities Close Planning Counters and Suspend Planning Deadlines

Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP is tracking developments related to the processing of land use and planning applications in major California cities in light of the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus.   While the situation is fluid, several patterns seem clear:

(1) zoning counters and planning departments are  closing for some period of time; some are maintaining virtual services;

(2) public meetings are being cancelled or delayed; in some cases social distancing is being enforced; in other case telephonic participation may be provided;

(3) cities have declared, or are preparing to declare, suspensions of deadlines under various state land use and environmental planning laws.

For the latest developments from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Newport Beach, City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles and Santa Monica, see our blog post HERE.

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