Recognized Leader In Land Use Law
Anne ("Annie") is one of California's leading siting and permitting lawyers for land use development and utility-scale energy projects. She has been recognized as one of Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California, and has twice been named among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California. She is a recognized leader in the permitting of renewable energy facilities, and she is a frequent speaker and presenter on renewable energy issues.
Companies and individuals turn to Annie to navigate federal, state, and local requirements necessary to build wind, solar, geothermal, and gas-fired energy plants, new communities, residential high rises, industrial parks, manufacturing facilities, landfills, shopping centers, and institutional facilities.
Land Use Counsel For California's Developers
Annie has more than 30 years experience in the areas of CEQA, NEPA, zoning and planning, and laws related to wetlands and endangered species, water supply planning, subdivisions, annexation, coastal development, and Williamson Act. She has helped clients develop housing projects, schools, hospitals, hotels, vineyards, master planned communities, public facilities, recycling centers and research parks, among other projects. She also has significant litigation experience defending land use approvals and environmental review documents for projects. From 2003 to 2009, she served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Oakland, supporting then-mayor Jerry Brown's efforts to revitalize Oakland's downtown, waterfront, and neighborhood shopping areas.
Supporting The Effort To Develop Renewable Energy
Annie has been involved in the development of thousands of megawatts of renewable energy in the California, guiding numerous major energy plants through CEQA/NEPA compliance and helping to secure the local, state, and federal permits necessary to construct and operate the projects. This state-wide practice includes projects on both private and public land in numerous counties, including Contra Costa, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Los Angeles, Monterey, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, and Tulare. She also supported the commercial financing of many of these projects through the issuance of permitting opinions.
Annie acted as permitting counsel for several multimillion-dollar wind projects, a role that meant getting permit approvals from a range of state, federal and local agencies; all on tight deadlines before federal tax credits for the projects expired. She also guided developers of a number of other renewable energy projects across California to gain approval including the nation's largest wind farm, the 1,020-megawatt Alta Wind Center in the Tehachapi Mountains, the $300 million Shiloh IV Wind Energy Project in Solano County and an 88-megawatt solar energy facility near Sacramento.