Articles


Sierra Club v. Napa: Sequential Lot Line Adjustments are Consistent with the Subdivision
Map Act and are Exempt from CEQA

Allen Matkins – Land Use Alert
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas P. Tunny

Mike Durkee Authors Article Regarding Time Periods As Applicable To Vested Rights Available Under the Subdivision Map Act
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ASK THE MAP ACT EXPERT
by Michael Patrick Durkee

Master Subdivision Improvement Agreement For The Waterstone (Bordoni Ranch) Subdivision
City of Vallejo Public Works Department
Braddock & Logan, Group II, L.P.

Master Conditions Bordoni Ranch/Waterstone VTM and SIA Sections Conditions of Approval
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Land Subdivision Improvement Agreement For Phase ___Of the Waterstone (Bordoni Ranch) Subdivision
City of Vallejo Public Works Department
Braddock & Logan, Group II, L.P.

Subdivision Improvement Agreement For Phase 1B/I of the Waterstone (Bordoni Ranch) Subdivision
City of Vallejo Public Works Department
Braddock & Logan, Group II, L.P.

Redevelopment Briefing: What does the Matosantos decision mean to you?
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For more detail on the case discussed and the legislation see these links: 1, 2, 3.


If a single parcel is split down the middle due to a public agency condemning a 100-foot strip, how many parcels now exist?

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ASK THE MAP ACT EXPERT
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Receiving a parcel as a gift and then subdivide that parcel into four new parcels using a parcel map

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ASK THE MAP ACT EXPERT
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Are the parcels shown on maps recorded before 1929 legal? Understand recognition of lots created by subdivision maps recorded between 1893 and 1928.

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ASK THE MAP ACT EXPERT
by Michael Patrick Durkee


The Applicable Rules Whether a Parcel Map or a Tentative/Final Map is Required

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ASK THE MAP ACT EXPERT
by Michael Patrick Durkee and Thomas P. Tunny


The California Supreme Court Takes on the Eternal Question: Paper or Plastic?

Allen Matkins – Land Use Alert
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas P. Tunny


New Subdivision Map Act Extension Bill Signed

Allen Matkins – Land Use Alert
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas P. Tunny


Creed V. City of San Diego: A Case of Mistaken Identity?

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Daily Journal
by Michael Patrick Durkee and Thomas P. Tunny


An Overview of Land Use Due Diligence

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Contra Costs Lawyer | May 2011
by Michael Patrick Durkee and Thomas P. Tunny


Protect Your Development Approvals During Market Cycles

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Daily Journal | April 2011
by Michael Patrick Durkee and Thomas P. Tunny


Subdivision Map Act’s procedural requirements for filing a lawsuit

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California Surveyor | Spring 2011
by Michael Patrick Durkee


New developments in: Land Use Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law

Allen Matkins
Legal Breakfast Briefing 2011


Are Solar Thermal Facilities Compatible with the Williamson Act?

Solar Thermal Magazine | February 2011
by Michael Patrick Durkee


What is the law concerning the approval of Tentative and Final Maps when property mapped is annexed into an existing city or is part of a new city?

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California Surveyor | Summer 2007
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Does a certificate of compliance on a parcel extinguish the underlying historic parcels?

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California Surveyor | Spring 2007
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Lot line adjustment

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California Surveyor | Winter 2006/07
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Suggested conditions of approval for maximizing and protecting your subdivision map

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California Surveyor | Winter 2011
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Are the local ordinances of cities and counties required to characterize the approval of an LLA as a “discretionary” approval?

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California Surveyor | Fall 2010
by Michael Patrick Durkee


In California, land use is increasingly tied to climate change policy

by Michael Patrick Durkee


The Bay Area Air District’s New CEQA Thresholds of Significance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Answer Certain Questions, Raise Others

by Michael Patrick Durkee


A Modern Perspective on the Williamson Act: Conservation, Confusion, and Controversy

by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas P. Tunny


Are Solar Farms Compatible with the Williamson Act?

by David H. Blackwell and Michael Patrick Durkee


The Death of the Williamson Act? The Second Shoe Falls

by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, Thomas P. Tunny


Impact fees, Section 66452.6, Timing of payment
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California Surveyor | Spring 2010
by Michael Patrick Durkee


New developments in: Land Use Bankruptcy/Workouts, Real Estate, and
Employment Law

Summer 2009 – [PDF]
Allen Matkins Breakfast Briefing 2009


Tenative and Vesting Tenative Maps, Assembly Bill No. 333 (Fuentes)
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California Surveyor | SMA Expert Q&A | Summer 2009
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Creation of Multiple Deed-Referenced Parcel, Deed Conveyance, Subdivision Map
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California Surveyor | SMA Expert Q&A | Spring 2009
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Deemed Approvals of Tentative Maps Based on Processing Delay
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California Surveyor | SMA Expert Q&A | Winter 2009
by Michael Patrick Durkee


California Surveyor: SMA Expert Q&A

Spring 2008 – [PDF]
Legality of Pre-1929 Subdivision Maps
by Michael Patrick Durkee


California Surveyor: SMA Expert Q&A

Winter 2008 – [PDF]
Economic Impact, Vested Rights, Vesting Subdivision Maps
by Michael Patrick Durkee


Roundtable – Land Use

November 2007 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Susan J. Booth, William R. Devine, Jennifer Hernandez, Timothy A. Tosta


The process for extending the life of a Tentative Map through the use of multiple (phased) Final Maps, and how this extension relates to other Tentative Map extensions under the Map Act

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Fall 2007
by Michael Patrick Durkee


California Surveyor: SMA Expert

Summer 2007 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee


The Mitigation Fee Act –

Conservation, Confusion, and Resulting Caution
2007 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, Thomas P. Tunny, Derek S. van Hoften


California Surveyor: SMA Expert

Winter 2006 / 2007 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee


A Modern Perspective on the Williamson Act:

Conservation, Confusion, and Controversy
Fall 2004 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas P. Tunny


Roundtable – Land Use

Land Use Law Update
March 2004 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Sonia J. Ransom, Les A. Hausrath


Land Use Law Update

July 2003 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, David L. Preiss, R. Zachary Wasserman, Cecily T. Talbert, Sonia J. Ransom, Stephen L. Kostka

Growth Within Bounds:
A discussion of the recent changes to the laws governing Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs)
Winter 2003 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Karen Donoran, and Melanie Tang


Timing Is Everything!

When to Bring Challenges to Land Use Initiatives and Referenda
Winter/Spring 2002 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Jeffrey A. Walter, David H. Blackwell, and Thomas F. Carey


Understanding the Different and Often Dichotomous Roles of a City and the Options Available to it When Dealing with “Growth-Related Ballot Measures

Fall 2002 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Jeffrey A. Walter, and David H. Blackwell


Tips for the Unwary:

Understanding the Processing Steps Regarding Local Initiatives and Referenda
December 1999 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Esq., with Sean Crafts

Maximizing
Tentative Map Extension Opportunities Under
the Subdivision Map Act

Summer 1999 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee, Tyson H. Powell, and Matthew D. Beinke


Legal Standards For Local Agency Review of Lot-Line Adjustments:

A Subdivider’s Perspective
January 1999 – [PDF]

by Michael Patrick Durkee, Tyson H. Powell, and Christopher Hansmeyer

Multiple Contiguous Parcels Conveyed by Single Federal Patent should be Recognized as “Legal” under the Subdivision Map Act

October 1998 – [PDF]
by Michael Patrick Durkee and Tyson H. Powell


City Council Resolution


Planning Commission Resolution