Christian H. Cebrian

Partner

Overview

Christian advises residential, commercial, and renewable energy developers, public agencies, and utilities regarding land use entitlements and environmental strategies. His practice focuses on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), SB 330, the Density Bonus Law, the Housing Accountability Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act . Christian has processed entitlements through numerous local and state agencies.  He has also litigated land use, property, and environmental actions before trial and appellate courts, as well as the California Supreme Court.

Before joining the firm, Christian clerked with the Environmental and Natural Resources Sections of the California Attorney General's Office and the California Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

Representative
Matters

Advised developer of residential project in Sunnyvale, California on density bonus strategy.

Advised developer of logistics industrial center in Solano County, California on entitlement strategy including resource permits, Subdivision Map Act compliance, and reciprocal easement agreements.

Advised developer on entitlement strategy to covert and existing office development into a 190 unit residential project in San Mateo, California on entitlement strategy, including its density bonus application and rezoning.

Advised developer of 130 unit residential project in Redwood City, California on entitlement strategy, including a development agreement and new zoning district.

Advised developer of 130 unit residential project in Vacaville, California on entitlement strategy including an annexation, agreement, vesting tentative subdivision map, and CEQA compliance.

Advised developer of 700 unit residential project in Vacaville on entitlement strategy including an annexation, specific plan, development agreement, vesting tentative subdivision map, and CEQA compliance.

Advised client on entitlement strategy for mid-rise office building in Redwood City.

Advised developer regarding its CEQA strategy for a 500 unit residential project in Livermore.

Advised a group of commercial property owners regarding the protection of development rights against changes to an airport land use compatibility plan.

Advised developer of master planned community in Sacramento County on wetlands permitting.

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Successfully litigated before the California Supreme Court over the proper scope of environmental scope of environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act on behalf of the California Building Industry Association.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Publications

Update Co-Author of “Environmental Review and Mitigation” (Chapter 13) in California Land Use Practice, CEB (2011-2020)

Speaking Engagements

2013 California Water Law and Policy Conference

Awards &
Affiliations

Awards

  • Northern California Rising Star, 2015-2016

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Environmental Legislation Committee
  • Bay Area Council

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2006, cum laude
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997, with honors