Cox Castle pairs the depth and breadth of our land use practitioners’ expertise with our extraordinary trial and appellate experience to deliver unparalleled land use litigation advice and counsel to our clients. We bring a deep understanding of the land use process honed through the successful management of contested matters. We have extensive appellate experience, including the California Supreme Court and have worked successfully throughout California and nationally on a broad range of complex matters. Our seamless integration of land use and litigation expertise, tested and refined from the administrative process through trial and the courts of appeal, allows us to offer sophisticated, practical representation. We work with our clients’ goals in mind, and our expertise allows us to provide continuity of service from our land use experience to litigation and everything in between.

We work across several industries, including renewable energy, homebuilding, industrial, office, retail, hospitality, healthcare, senior housing, life sciences, affordable housing, mixed-use and master-planned projects.

Our litigation experience spans a broad spectrum of land use issues on both the local and federal levels:

  • California Coastal Act                                                 
  • California Endangered Species Act
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)   
  • Clean Air Act 
  • Clean Water Act                                                         
  • Cortese-Knox (LAFCo)
  • Density Bonus Law                                                       
  • Development Agreement Law
  • Elections Law                                                                 
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Housing Accountability Act                                     
  • Housing Crisis Act
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act                                         
  • Mitigation Fee Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)         
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Property Rights and Procedural Protections     
  • Storm Water Management
  • Subdivision Map Act                   
  • Water Supply issues                   
  • Williamson Act - CA

We also have extensive experience with key contractual and regulatory issues arising in land use matters, including Reimbursement Agreements and Community Facilities Districts, Disposition and Development Agreements (DDA), and ongoing matters arising from the termination of redevelopment agencies in California, including Owner Participation Agreements.


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