Following a CEQA suit filed by the firm, Lassen County rescinds its approval of a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to rezone 5,000 acres of timberland for urban development. (Friends of Lassen Forest v. Lassen County (2009).)
The firm prevails in litigation challenging a sprawl development project in the San Joaquin/Sacramento Delta city of Oakley and enters into a settlement generating substantial mitigation fees for protection of agricultural land. (Greenbelt Alliance v. City of Oakley (2008).)
In one of the largest conservation deals in California history, the firm, representing a coalition of conservation groups, negotiates an agreement in 2008 to preserve 240,000 acres of the historic Tejon Ranch, in Kern and Los Angeles Counties. SMW partners Richard Taylor and Bill White receive the California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award […]
The firm advises on a master parks plan for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s annexation of the entire San Mateo Coast in 2004. It then successfully defends the annexation in court. (Citizens for Responsible Open Space v. San Mateo County LAFCO, 159 Cal.App.4th 717 (2008).)
On behalf of a coalition of environmental groups, the firm successfully challenges the approval by Placer County of the Martis Valley Community Plan. The Plan would have allowed massive urban development at a key gateway to Lake Tahoe. (Sierra Watch et al. v. Placer County.) Following the challenge, the firm negotiates a series of innovative […]
As a result of litigation filed by the firm challenging the expansion of the City of Stockton’s sphere of influence, the City agrees to require developers to pay one of the highest-ever per-acre agricultural mitigation fees. (Sierra Club v. San Joaquin County LAFCO (2006).)
After prevailing in litigation challenging the “Old Greenwood” development in the Town of Truckee, the firm in 2003 helps Mountain Area Preservation negotiate a settlement that results in significant funding for open space in the Truckee area.