Stephanie R. Straka



Stephanie is a land use and natural resources associate, whose experience includes advising clients on all aspects of CEQA, NEPA, and related environmental laws, and assisting clients with local agency permitting and land use entitlement issues.

Stephanie has particular expertise in ensuring compliance with CEQA and in application of state and local density bonus laws. She has represented developers of housing, commercial and office centers, energy projects, schools, and hospitals.


Successful defense of CEQA and Planning and Zoning Law challenge to high-density, multi-family infill development near transit.

Successful defense of CEQA challenge to electrical transmission project.

Successful defense of action against university officials for alleged CEQA violations related to approval of new science building and residential halls.

Conducted land use due diligence and obtained entitlements for large office development project.

Advised supermarket developer on land use entitlement and CEQA compliance issues.

Advised municipal client on application of new transportation impact analysis requirements under CEQA.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements


Governor Vetoes AB 890, Rejecting Attempt to Curtail Initiative Power on Land Use Actions, Lay of the Land blog, 10/17/2017

Inside CA Legislature’s Housing Package: Funding and Streamlined Approvals for Housing, Lay of the Land blog, 10/5/2017

California Legislature Passes Historic Housing Legislation in Effort to Tackle State’s Housing Crisis, Lay of the Land blog, 9/22/2017

Update Co-Author of “Environmental Review and Mitigation” (Chapter 13) in California Land Use Practice, CEB (2017)

Co-author, Dude, Where's My Parking Spot? The Courts Drag Parking Back Into the CEQA Arena,, 6/18/2013

California Lawmakers Introduce 26 CEQA Reform Bills: New Legislation Would Impose Additional Requirements on Lead Agencies, Best Best & Krieger LLP - Legal Alert, 2/27/2013

New Guideline Streamlines Review Under California Environmental Quality Act: New Section Applies to Certain Infill Projects Only, Best Best & Krieger LLP - Legal Alert, 2/19/2013

Awards &

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Section, 2012 - Present
  • NAIOP, Young Professionals Group (2016-2017), YPG Alumni Committee, Recruitment and Curriculum, 2017 - Present
  • Urban Land Institute, 2014 - Present

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law