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Land Use Attorneys in Monterey County

Experienced Central Coast Zoning & Land Use Representation

Land use and zoning laws regulate the use and development of public and private real estate. Our Monterey County land use attorneys, led by Partner Jason Retterer, understand that these days, any development may require a process involving a complex set of permits and other governmental approvals from local, state, regional, and federal authorities.

Our land use lawyers have the expertise and relationships that have enabled clients to overcome land use and development hurdles, and this has led to proven results in the areas of political and governmental advocacy. We work in a timely and cost efficient manner due to our decades of experience in Land Use Law and our relationships with local, state, federal, and regulatory agency officials. Founding Partner, Jeff Gilles, leads our team to success with his extensive experience in this complex arena, having served clients in the Central Coast for nearly four decades.

Contact JRG today regarding your land use needs at (831) 228-5619.

Types of Land Use Issues We Handle

Our experienced Monterey County land use attorneys can help with issues related to:

  • Planning and zoning permits (Use Permits, Variances, Design Approvals, etc.)
  • Coastal Zone development permits
  • Administrative appeals
  • Defending code enforcement actions
  • Land acquisition and due diligence
  • Lot line adjustments and subdivisions
  • Development agreements
  • Parcel legality determinations and obtaining Certificates of Compliance
  • Environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
  • Californian Department of Fish & Wildlife approvals, including streambed alteration agreements and CA endangered species permits
  • Federal Army Corps of Engineer’s wetland (Section 404) permits
  • United States Fish & Wildlife federal endangered species permits

With five offices located in the Monterey County area (Monterey, Salinas, Hollister, and Paso Robles), our land use attorneys have extensive experience in navigating and resolving entitlement challenges our clients may face.

Zoning & Other Land Use Issues in California

Zoning is the most common form of land-use regulation, used by municipalities to control local property development with ordinances that can divide a district into separate residential, commercial, and industrial areas, thereby preserving the desirable characteristics of each type of setting. These laws limit dimensions in each zone. Our land use lawyers understand that these regulations can require certain building features, limit the number and location of parking and loading areas, and provide space for schools, parks, or other public facilities.

Our seasoned land use attorneys also work with legal issues relating to and including easements, trespassing, and eminent domain. We can identify and strategically advise public and private sector clients on securing the requisite local, state and federal permits and approvals that are required for any development.

Proudly Serving Monterey County & All of California’s Central Coast

We are proud to serve the needs of our Central Coast clients. As such, our land use lawyers have been actively involved in the construction and permitting of development within the coastal zone of Monterey County. Development projects are ranging from high density residential and mixed-use projects in Castroville, and the Cannery Row area of the City of Monterey, to luxury single family residential units in Carmel and Pebble Beach.

In addition, we have a history of both defending Coastal Commission approvals and successfully litigating against the Coastal Commission. JRG’s Land Use team also specializes in defending code enforcement actions initiated by local and state regulatory agencies, including, for example, the County of Monterey, Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the County of San Benito District Attorney’s office.

For experienced land use counsel in Monterey County, call JRG at (831) 228-5619.


    "I will continue to use your firm and know that each time I need legal help, your firm will give me the personal attention needed to resolve the question or matter at hand."
    Michael J. Groves, President EMC Planning Group, Inc.
    "I give him my highest recommendation and look forward to working with him again soon."
    Kim Morgan, Director- UBS AgriVest LLC
    "Your dynamic team of specialized attorneys and paralegals who seemed to take a personal interest in the ongoing litigation especially impressed us."
    Otto Kramm- Mission Organics
    "I always felt that I was the firm’s number one client. I highly recommend JRG to anyone that may need its services."
    Chase Kaljian, Senior Manager of Real Estate & Facilities- Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.
    "I always felt that I was your number one client, even though I know that you have many other clients that need your services. The results are all that matters in the long run, and your firm has always obtained good results for us."
    Carole Forest- Past President, Bernardus LLC; Baylaurel LLC
    "I would recommend your firm to any other agricultural businesses that find themselves having to address these issues. I give you and your firm the highest recommendation."
    John Jackson- Beachside Produce LLC
    "You have always provided prompt and timely advice and been available to help even in the evening and on weekends."
    Kent Dawkins- Van Schaack Land Company

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